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January 13, 2013 1:30 p.m. GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 75501‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

The Red Devils stretched their lead at the top of Premier League to 10 points after withstanding a second-half onslaught from Brendan Rodgers' side to seal victory

By David Lynch

  • David de Gea
    25
    9
    3.00

    David de Gea

    A spectator for large periods. So unfortunate to concede to Sturridge having just pulled off a marvellous stop.

  • Rafael
    29
    5
    3.00

    Rafael

    Dealt with Sterling intelligently and got forward with typical menace.

  • Patrice Evra
    39
    7
    3.50

    Patrice Evra Top of the Match

    Provided the cross for Van Persie to open the scoring and headed home - with a deflection from Vidic - early in the second half.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    32
    5
    3.00

    Rio Ferdinand

    Kept Suarez under wraps for much of the game, forcing the Uruguayan to go deep as he tried to influence matters.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    35
    4
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    Kept Suarez at arm's length as much as possible. Got a touch on United's second and could claim it.

  • Michael Carrick
    31
    9
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Continued his recent run of impressive performances with a dominant midfield showing. Used the ball as brilliantly as ever.

  • Ashley Young
    18
    18
    2.50

    Ashley Young

    Was kept quiet by the visitors' defence before being substituted at half-time with an injury.

  • Tom Cleverley
    29
    8
    3.00

    Tom Cleverley

    Almost scored with a wonderfully struck volley in the first half. Helped dominate alongside Carrick, though his influence waned in the second period.

  • Danny Welbeck
    25
    15
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Worked his socks off to close down the Liverpool defenders as they tried to pass from the back. Used his pace to push the opposition deeper.

  • Robin van Persie
    51
    3
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Showed his class with a deftly taken opener and swung in the free-kick from which United scored their second.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    38
    13
    3.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Should perhaps have toed home when presented with a great opportunity in the first period. Saw Reina deny him with a wonder save before being taken off after 75 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Phil Jones
    14
    9
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Introduced to a midfield who were on the back foot late in the game and did little to turn the tide.

  • Chris Smalling
    16
    5
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Thrown on late to shore up the hosts' defence. Regularly tested as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser.

  • Antonio Valencia
    19
    10
    2.50

    Antonio Valencia

    Introduced in place of the injured Young but showed why he has struggled to make as great an impact this season as he did in the last. Tracked Johnson relentlessly, though.

  • Pepe Reina
    9
    10
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Made a brave interception in the first half which resulted in him needing treatment. Had little chance with the goals.

  • Glen Johnson
    9
    11
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Lost Evra as the full-back headed home. Did well at left-back, though, getting forward to good effect on his less-favoured foot.

  • Daniel Agger
    12
    13
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Helped ensure United did not run away with the game with some crucial interceptions. Showed bravery to take the ball forward.

  • Martin Skrtel
    11
    11
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Always appears more comfortable when not up against a physically imposing striker. Could have used the ball better when bringing it out from the back.

  • Andre Wisdom
    6
    14
    2.50

    Andre Wisdom

    Missed a golden opportunity to score after being played in by Suarez. The cross which allowed Van Persie to score came from his flank.

  • Steven Gerrard
    9
    12
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Struggled as much as his midfield colleagues as United dominated the centre of the park. Grew into the game and forced De Gea into a save which led to Sturridge scoring.

  • Stewart Downing
    7
    15
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Did little on the counterattack but worked hard to track his full-back and kept things safe in possession.

  • Lucas Leiva
    5
    16
    2.50

    Lucas Leiva

    The clumsy challenge which brought a yellow card typified his performance. Substituted at half-time.

  • Joe Allen
    8
    27
    2.00

    Joe Allen Flop of the Match

    Misplaced the ball constantly in the first half. Improved slightly in the second but was still below par.

  • Raheem Sterling
    8
    17
    2.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Looked overwhelmed by the occasion and had little influence before being taken off on the hour mark.

  • Luis Suárez
    16
    12
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    Fought a one-man battle against the United defence in the first 45 minutes. Not at his best but still struck fear into the opposition.

Substitutions

  • Jordan Henderson
    13
    11
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Gave Liverpool added energy in midfield, proving why he should perhaps have started the game.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    24
    8
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Scored with almost his first touch of the game after following in from De Gea's save. Added impetus to a Liverpool attack which had been anaemic.

  • Fabio Borini
    14
    8
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    Looked rusty in some of his passing but ran hard and nearly scored an excellent half volley.

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