Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson praised his side’s “really intense” victory after they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic gave them a seemingly comfortable lead, although Daniel Sturridge’s goal for the away side gave the home fans a nervous finish.
The meeting had been billed as the battle of the strikers between Manchester United’s Robin van Persie and Liverpool counterpart Luis Suarez. `
And it was Van Persie who made the decisive contribution as he put United ahead with a brilliant first-half finish then provided the free-kick for the second after 54 minutes as Patrice Evra’s header deflected in off Nemanja Vidic.
Liverpool’s ?12m signing from Chelsea Daniel Sturridge scored for the second successive game after coming on as substitute to give Brendan Rodgers’s side hope and set up an anxious finish for United.
“A narrow win for Manchester United, who were supremely comfortable for the first hour with goals from Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic putting them in front. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s introduction changed the game and the visitors bossed the end of the game. Liverpool gave their rivals a scare but United take the points.”