Match Of The Week: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool

It’s Saturday lunchtime, and the Premier League is flexing its muscles. A crowd of 76,000 at Old Trafford and an estimated global television audience of approximately eight billion people are tuning in to watch The Big Two lock horns. Towns and cities the length and breadth of the world fall silent for The Derby That Isn’t Quite A Real Derby, and Liverpool are in The Last Chance Saloon this afternoon. They’ve only lost twice in the Premier League all season, but they’re still seven points behind Manchester United, having played a game more than their biggest rivals. Should they lose this match, the Premier League title race is over in all but name. Yet, on Tuesday night Liverpool looked, for the first time this season, like one of the best football teams in Europe in demolishing Real Madrid at Anfield. Are English clubs really that far ahead of everyone else in Europe? It’s becoming more and more difficult that they aren’t. Liverpool start brightly enough, but the Manchester United defence has only conceded five goals at home all season, and the rock like Nemanja Vidic is dealing with Fernando Torres in the way that a primary schoolteacher deals with a petulant child – swiftly, decisively and absolutely. It comes as no great surprise when Manchester United take the lead. Park gets the run of the ball on the left...

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