Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1. Beautiful result to seal a double over Liverpool this season and keep their 7 point lead at the top of the Premier League intact.
United recalled Danny Welbeck to the starting line up, a decision that paid off as he was named MOTM by Sky’s Gary Neville.
The Reds domianted the first half with the very promising midfield trio of Carrick, Cleverley and Kagawa playing some neat football, liking well with Welbeck and Van Persie to create enough chances to have the home crowd wondering how it was only 1-0 at HT.
A second did come, and despite Liverpool having the better of the 2nd half, United’s defence, leaky this season, held firm to see the Reds home.
Manchester United again came from behind to salvage a draw at West Ham in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup thanks to some injury time magic.
United will be in the hat for next round draw but will need to see off West Ham at the second attempt in the replay next week.
The Reds rested some key players and started with the diamond formation seen a few times this season. It helped United start really well, with Scholes, Cleverley, Kagawa, and the pushed forward Rafael played some neat passing football.
Disappointingly for United, once ahead they allowed West Ham to get back into the game and the home side pushed on. There were not many chances for United to draw level into a few moments of pure genius rescued the game.
Manchester United completed their busy festive period with a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic to maintain their 7 point lead at the top of the table.
United, on the back of their clean sheet victory over West Brom, started the game professionally looking to stay tight and not concede the first goal as they have many times this season. When the time was right, they up their game and scored 2 quick goals before half time to put themselves in full control. 2 further goals followed as well as a much welcome successive clean sheet.
There were plenty of moments to enjoy, and this could well be my busiest post. Here are my top 5 GIF moments from the game…
Man United travelled away to newly promoted Southampton in Sir Alex Fergusons 1000th League game in charge, and the game did not disappoint.
Man United came from behind twice to win it in injury time thanks to a Robin van Persie hat trick!
Although United struggled as Southampton battled hard, there were some brilliant moments to enjoy. Here are my picks.
1. Robin van Persie flicked pass
Brilliant piece of skill by Van Persie to flick a first time backheel pass that almost gave Shinji Kagawa a shooting opportunity.
Manchester United finished their pre season with a brilliant 4-3 win in Germany. 3-1 down in the 2nd half United came back to win it late on thanks to a Shinji Kagawa goal.
United looked sharp going forward and played some brilliant football.
Here are my top 5 Man Utd GIFs…
1. Cleverley attacks GIF
Thomas Cleverley, who looked good for Team GB at the Olympics, took his form into a red shirt. His passing and movement was a big plus all game and here he shows that he is more than capable of attacking the final third. He makes a great burst into the box and forces a save from the keeper.
United took on a Barcelona team containing the likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in Sweden as their pre season tour continued.
The game finished 0-0 and the Reds lost the Penalty shootout after the 90 minutes.
Despite the lack of goals there was plenty of entertainment on show. Here are my top 5
1. Nani Skills
Nani with some great footwork escapes 2 defenders and then knocks it past one more before seeing his cross get blocked.
United continued their pre season with a trip to Norway and were joined by most of the first team as those involved at Euro 2012 got their first taste of pre season. There was also the return of a certain Serbian.
The game finished 0-0 despite some nice football and decent chances created by the reds. Here are my top moments from the game