Face It….United Cup-letely Outclassed Liverpool

By on January 11, 2011

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The FA Cup often allows clubs the chance to forget their poor form, but their class always seems to show through, which is exactly what propelled Manchester United to the victory over Liverpool.

In terms of trophies won, United has not been up to their own very high standard in the FA Cup lately, but that could all change following their latest confidence-boosting triumph over their hated-rival, which should not only rekindle their love for this competition, but spur them on in their other competitions. Ahead of the Red Devils fully-deserved 1-0 Third Round win over Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he was left ill for a couple of days after losing to Leeds United at this same stage last season, which shows how seriously he was going to take this match.

Since withdrawing from the 1999/2000 FA Cup due to their involvement in the over-hyped FIFA Club World Cup, United has been wrongfully criticized for not valuing this competition, but with Ferguson’s team selection that will surely silence their outspoken critics’ assessment. Without question, the FA Cup has the richest history of any knockout club tournament in the world, because of how highly-respected by everyone who has the chance to be involved in it, and how you have to expect the unexpected.

What transpired in the latest version of this heated historic rivalry could have never been predicted, and contradicts that last statement, but the way Liverpool lost was pure justification of how classless the club and their supporters have been this season. The way that Roy Hodgson was never well-received by the convoluted supporters, and was then prematurely sacked can only be classified as vicious and colorless, so it was fitting that their club’s greatest-ever player, Kenny Daglish, suffered a justifiable defeat to start his second reign as manager of Liverpool.

Now with the manager of their choice in place, Liverpool supporters were full of confidence coming into the match thinking that they were going to resurrect their dismal season, however, that did not happen and instead of blaming the obvious culprits they will make the referee, Howard Webb, their scapegoat. Webb will certainly become the wanted man by every single Liverpool supporter for giving United a very soft penalty decision in the opening moments of the match, but they should have no complaints about Steven Gerrard’s sending off, which, ultimately, sealed their fate.

Uncharacteristically, Dimitar Berbatov fell with the slightest of touches from Daniel Agger to convince Webb that he was fouled in the box, but, to be honest, it was never a penalty, and it was surprising to not see the Bulgarian booked for simulation. Their captain, who resembles of every bit of what the club stands for, senselessly went in with a hard, two-footed challenge on Michael Carrick to put his team at a clear disadvantage playing a man down for almost an hour of the match.

Before that reckless tackle, Liverpool were starting to dictate the pace of the play, so for Gerrard, who always seems to get away with a terrible tackle of some sort, finally paid the price of his indiscreet actions.

Phenomenal

Even though United were fortunate to be given the penalty, no one could refute the way that Ryan Giggs dispatched his spot kick with real authority and conviction. The Welshman’s performance against Liverpool was worthy of scoring any match-winning goal – whether it was gifted to him or not – and, unlike Gerrard, Giggs has always been a class act on the field.

There was no question to what Sir Alex told his players to do in the second-half – attack down their left-hand side, which was aided by Giggs expertly rolling back the years with some real quality. Giggs showed that he should reconsider retiring – if he is even thinking about it – at the end of the season, because they way he teased and tormented any Liverpool defender that got in his way was classy to say the least.

The way that Giggs knifed through so many Liverpool players on three or four breath-taking, mazing runs showed just how much he wanted to win his 41st Northwest Derby and win his fifth FA Cup title.

Return

After some forgettable performances so far this season – including United’s 3-2 over Liverpool earlier in the season – Jonny Evans put in a robust effort keeping Fernando Torres quiet. With Nemanja Vidic left out of the match, Evans was selected ahead of Chris Smalling, who was impressive against Stoke City, which will do no harms for United’s title aspirations in the FA Cup, the Barclays Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

The 23-year old center-back has had a tough time overcoming the “mental” side of the game, which has hindered his confidence to play well, but as he said, the manager never lost faith in him. On top of his masterful defending, Evans saw his powerful header crash against the Liverpool post, which would have done absolute wonders for his morale.

Based on class alone, Manchester United was well-worthy of their win over Liverpool in the prestigious FA Cup, and now they will continue on in the competition while their Merseyside rival rues another missed chance to turnaround their season.

Submitted by The United Religion

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37 Comments

  1. Chegs

    January 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    1 very set team vs 1 team very much in transition. I think to be fair, ‘outclassed’ is a bit OTT but Utd definitely deserved the win but credit to Liverpool for sticking with them

  2. James

    January 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Were you at the game? Liverpool were the better team throughout the majority of the game. The penalty wasn’t a penalty, even if it was converted with conviction. Either way, it’s still cheating.

    • pete

      January 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Bollocks, deal with it bitter scum…

  3. Phil

    January 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

    So ManU ‘outclassed’ Liverpool by just the one goal scored because Berbatov clearly dived, against 10 men who had just lost badly to Blackburn, a result that led to their manager being sacked. If this is your idea of ‘outclassed’ your gonna need to up your game against Southampton.

  4. terry

    January 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Hmmm almost a balanced article you numpty. 1 win in 10 away from home is not acceptable. Giggs had a poor game did you even watch it? “their class always seems to show through, which is exactly what propelled Manchester United to the victory over Liverpool” then you admit it was adodgy pen and LFC were beginning to dictate. Muppet.

  5. John K

    January 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I think even the ManUre supporters are now starting to click onto the fact that there IS something going on which borders on corruption. The subdued crowd seem to sense that LFC were up against 12 men. Cheats never prosper and are killing the game of football. We all want are team to win, but win by fair means.

    • pete

      January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      The level of excuses you bitter c*nts stoop to feel better about getting beat.

  6. Damo

    January 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This is quite funny, Kenny had a few hours to prepare the team, and already has them playing better than whiskey-nose’s pal. The worried look on his face when you couldn’t get the ball off us at times, not to mention the panic any time we got near your box even when down to ten was priceless! We actually weren’t expecting anything out of the game, just hoping to see some sign of improved play. Fervor is right to look worried, you should all be. We have no debt, and now a manager of a calibre, class and charisma you wouldn’t understand…

    • pete

      January 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Right, so shall we compare SAF’s hounors to KD’S? Excuse after excuse. er what was the score? Same as Manchester Shitty, anytime nothing goes your way you talk about bank balances. Where playing in 2nd gear and are top the table, reconsider who should be worried you bitter twat.

  7. Brian Stanton

    January 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Poor story, biaseed and full of holes – outclassed, 1-0 against 10 men????

  8. Brian Stanton

    January 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I know I can’t spell!

  9. nick

    January 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    i`ve never read such crap and its about time the fa done something about referee`s giving united dodgy penalty`s, they seem to make a habbit of it at old trafford

  10. mark

    January 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Typical clueless article written by a glory hunting retard! Do you actually know anything about the game! Every fans forum disagrees with your pathetic view of the match and i’m talking NOT Liverpool fans either! Pr**k!!!

  11. Mark

    January 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Wow. What anti-Liverpool bullshit from an obvious United fanatic.

    MU were mediocre at best and only survived the game thanks to a stretched 10-man Liverpool. It really doesnt say much for the rest of the league when MU remain unbeaten.

  12. King Kong

    January 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    It’s easy to pass judgment when the author has limited knowledge of the game. The only thing that the author had in mind was to dispense pain to the Liverpool fans as you can see on the feedback. No matter what it is, United did win the match but not without the help of 2 key decisions. So put it this way, would it be the same decision if the perpetrators were from Man U? Only Webb would know but based on the past, Webb surely didn’t bode well with the expectations of being the best referee in England. But hey, if you are bald you have to be the best. At least you will look like Collina lol.

  13. albey

    January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

    that article smacks of worried supporters lets face facts we liverpool fc have been very poor over the last 18months and we all no that but on sunday we seen the green shoots of improvement coming through because of the rightful man is in position to improve the football side of the club were as in the case of man united even though you sit on top of the league you are on a down ward spirral you remind me of liverpool in 1990 our last championship you have player who are over there sell by date you have not replaced them other wise they would be playing now your manager is at a dangerous age were he could take ill at any time and lets be honest if chelsea had not shot them selves in the foot they would be were united are now and as for out playing us i think that is obvious the biase that your manager has in stilled in to you supporters over the years were as you see things through rose coloured glasses you didnt outplay liverpool you got through on the back of two decisions by howard the coward the manchester united referee but hay ho he has made decisions in your favor many times and not just against us so in short your on downward spiral your team are old your manager is old the players comming in are not of the standard that you need to replace and you have greedy yanks who are sucking the life blood out of your club happy days

  14. Red

    January 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    When writing a blog, unless it’s a fan blog, it’s important to be unbiased but you clearly missed that meeting.

    The entire country knows that Webb handed United the game, not just Liverpool fans. People are getting sick and tired of the cronyism surrounding United and they won’t stand for it.

    Liverpool took it to United with 10 men, they were on top for large chunks of the game and United looked devoid of ideas.

    Honestly, if you want to write a blog sucking Slur Alex’s cock, be a man and do it, don’t pretend to be an unbiased writer and then try and peddle this filth.

  15. REGHAN

    January 11, 2011 at 10:44 am

    What rubbish. United never outclassed Liverpool, They bought off the referee. They couldn’t score from open play and had been granted an unfair advantage with a wrong refereeing decision 2 mins in Berbatov should have been booked for diving Liverpool more than held their own against United and were unlucky not to have earned a replay at the very least. Howard Webb denied them that.

  16. Tony

    January 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    The author of this article is a tit,we were lucky against Liverpool.True we had enough chances to win by more but Liverpool played well considering the setback of a dodgy penalty and Gerrard’s sending off.Liverpool gave us a good game and they actually were the best team (Bar West Brom) we’ve played against at home this season.I’m not only a Man Utd fan,but a fan of football,and articles like this just damages the way rival fans see us even further

  17. vbnvmn

    January 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    who can rescue the sinking ship ???.
    i want to know ??????????? 🙁 🙁

    • Man U fan

      January 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Realist, it is ‘fans’ like you that put us United fans to shame. Are you even from Manchester?

  18. realist

    January 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    moan moan moan, have u scallies got nothing better to do. the best team won the match, this is very clear, and whilst the article may be a little ott in stating you lot were outclassed, its not as ott as the numpty who replied that we need to be worried now that you “have a manager of calibre charisma and class?!”
    guys dont make me laugh, king kenny was a great player, average manager, i hope he signs an unsackable 10 year contract! lol!
    clueless, deluded fools need to crawl back to ur liverpool slums!

    • Andy

      January 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Kenny is still the ONLY manager to win the title with 2 different teams you muppet and you and the writter of this fiction are the only people on this planet who think man utd were the better team so why dont you go back to playing with your dolls and leave the football to us big boys!!
      (and im not from Liverpool)

  19. Damo

    January 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Now if you’d beaten us by 3 goals on our own patch any time recently…

  20. virgopq

    January 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The so called ‘King’ Kenny made his grand entrance into the Theatre of Dreams & promptly made his exit in jester-like fashion!.

    Harp & Hope all u want!. Just don’t be disappointed if his reign, be it 6 mths or 6 years, ends in zero silverware!. Hopefully, we won’t get to hear excuses in the form of other colourful titles like ‘Emperor’ Ian or ‘Chief’ Barnes or ‘Prince’ Fowler!!!.

    Gosh!, . . . such pathetic lot!!.

  21. Yogi

    January 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    In an attempt an muppetry well done. Amazing every time we lose to Man U I get over 50 texts yet on Sunday I got 1, which simply said you were robbed never a pen and probably a yellow card. By the way outclassed is when you hammer someone say 4-1, churlish is when you get beat 4-1 and claim you were the better team, or is that just being a sour old tosser?

  22. realist

    January 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    andy- are u trying to suggest that kenny is a better manager than SAF because hes won the title with 2 different clubs rather than 1? if so, ur argument is as weak as your team currently is.
    maybe if he,d remained a winning manager at ur club he wouldnt have had the chance to go and buy the title with blackburn that 1 season.
    kenny took over at ur club with a great winning team already there and we all know what happened to it, and the one season wonders that were blackburn rovers. we all know what he did at his other clubs too, sweet fa, so you can chat as much shite as you like, we all know that SAF ids the man and kenny is your saviour only in your dreams. im loving the fact that hes your boss to be honest, just like rafa and roy b4 him i hope it lasts! lol!
    – and Damo, you keep playing with youself over that battle you won at old trafford 2 year ago, cos we all know who won the war and yet ANOTHER premier league trophy dont we?! haha, u sad sad excuses for fans have no shame in your bitterness its funny! 😉

    • Andy

      January 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      You are a sad little man everyone knows the only reason Man u win any games is because fergie spends all his time sucking off the FA its funny how he is the only one who is alowed to get away with anything he wants and not get in trouble! you should change your name from realist (which lets face it is a joke) to sad little fergie fu*ker. And it is much easyer to win with the same team than 2 different teams you stupid twat

      • Martin Badger

        January 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        United won’t have an English referee when they play Barcelona so God help them. Without an English referee they lose fifty per cent of their effectiveness – Barcelona will make them look the third raters they are. And thousands of people in Britain – sick and tired of the favours Utd constantly receive – will be absolutely delighted. I know I will!

  23. pete

    January 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Livepool fans who think they where the better side on Sunday READ THIS: Something still tells me you’ll still argue the toss… (United
    Liverpool)

    1 Goals
    0

    1 1st Half Goals
    0

    9 Shots on Target
    4

    8 Shots off Target
    8

    3 Blocked Shots
    1

    11 Corners
    3

    10 Fouls
    7

    4 Offsides
    2

    2 Yellow Cards
    0

    0 Red Cards
    1

    84.1 Passing Success
    72.5

    21 Tackles
    32

    76.2 Tackles Success
    71.9

    62 Possession
    38

    55 Territorial Advantage
    45

    • Andy

      January 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      you had 11 men (or 12 with Webb) we had 10 so the stats are going to look like that and that still doesn’t say outclassed to me or anyone else apart from you sad little glory hunter man u fans!! (thats not ment at the real football fans that support Man u)

  24. realist

    January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Man U fan- it is you who is not a united fan i feel. defo a scally in disguise, a poor disguise at that! pmsl! 😉

  25. Kory r

    January 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Daniel agger is supposed to be playin for a world clas team (liverpool) but theyre obviously not world class if he is going to stupidly touch berbatov when itsnquite obvious that he will dive as most strikers do in that position (torres for example in the world cup semi final) and as for the red card united were passing the ball around and clearly gerrard got frustrated and wickedly made a rash challenge so all u moaning liverpool fans please b quiet coz the champions dont wannna hear ur wineing

  26. Kory r

    January 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    An andy just coz weve won mre trophies thn ya dusnt mean were glory hunters……..

  27. albey

    January 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    a dickhead the champions of england are chelsea not you bunch of cheating scum bag and as for wineing thats red noses ferguson your on about problem you nob head kory I think your that stupid we are the most succesful club in england thats what your trying emulate you prick

  28. virgopq

    January 12, 2011 at 5:25 am

    All u pathetic lot of serial underachievers fm the red half of Marseyside can harp & cry all u want abt how u ‘got’ cheated. At the end of the day . . . Loserpoo is OUT & Man United r IN(the FA cup competition)!!!. So, cry all u want, u pathetic sorry souls!. U lot r worse than 3 yr olds babies, . . . . . always harpin’ on past glories, cryin’ & bitchin’ whenever u lose any game!. Christ!, it’s been more than 2 decades!!!. . . since u won the league title or anythin’ tt’s worth any mention at all, other than the mickey treble u had!!!. Fyi, Man United remains the only club to hv done THE Real TREBLE & the only club allowed by FIFA to wear the badge tt says World Cup Club Champions!!!. So, dream on, u pathetic sorry souls!!!.

  29. JB

    January 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    U Call Man U cheats? I remember B Friedel being sent off unfairly at Anfield and A Villa losing by a big scoreline. Sort out your house before you criticise your neighbour’s.

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