Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard lasted just 38 seconds before being sent off

The hosts have made a fast start their trademark at Anfield under Rodgers - but United turned the tables comprehensively & fully merited the lead given to then when Herrera slipped in Mata superbly for a composed finish in front of the Kop.

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The visitors' tempo meant Liverpool were getting no joy in midfield or attack, where Sturridge cut an isolated figure và Raheem Sterling was pushed khổng lồ the periphery on the right flank.

Sturridge did, however, mix up Liverpool's best chance of the half when he played in Lallana with a clear sight of goal. The former Southampton man took aim before sending a side-footed finish wastefully wide.

Lallana was the player sacrificed for the brief introduction of Gerrard, who hinted at his approach with a thunderous challenge on Mata, followed seconds later with another tangle involving Herrera.

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For a player of such vast experience, Gerrard's reaction - appearing khổng lồ stamp on his opponent on the ground - was only going to kết thúc one way, with a deserved red card.

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Liverpool's fans were furious, especially when Phil Jones escaped with a yellow thẻ for a wild lunge on Jordan Henderson - and their mood darkened further when United added a brilliant second after 58 minutes.

Angel Di Maria, on as a substitute for the limping Ashley Young, lifted the ball into the area for Mata to lớn deposit a brilliant low finish past keeper Simon Mignolet with an acrobatic scissor kick.

Liverpool had actually responded well lớn Gerrard's dismissal and kept the game alive with more than đôi mươi minutes left when Sturridge beat De Gea with a shot at his near post that the normally impeccable United keeper should have dealt with much better.

The final drama came with that missed Rooney penalty after Emre Can fouled Daley Blind, but fortunately for Rooney it was not khổng lồ prove expensive.

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