Manchester United claimed all three points against Liverpool at Anfield today, with the ground quickly becoming a favourite place for our lads to travel. Just as Villa Park has been a good place to travel to, Anfield is rapidly becoming a stomping ground for United, an easy place for us to pick up three points from.
Rio Ferdinand was awarded Man of the Match after today’s victory, after making sure Van der Sar didn’t have to come up with a save all match. Our most worrying times arose from Edwin’s moments of madness, when he came charging off his line to find himself flat on his arse. Thankfully, we had the quality to make sure these mistakes weren’t costly.
The most memorable Ferinand moment came when he shielded the ball out of play for a goal kick, which lead to Torres throwing himself on the ground. Ferdinand was quick to criticise Torres, who was supposed to be the superstar today, for diving. There were doubts whether Ferdinand would have the pace to handle Torres today, but Ferdinand seemingly effortlessly kept the Spanish striker out of the game.
Ferdinand was interviewed after the game, stating that the team picking up three points is far more important than his individual performance. “I was happy with the team and I was happy we won the game, my performance comes a long way second to us winning the game,” Ferdinand said. “Our fans come here and make themselves heard for the whole 90 minutes, and the satisfaction you get from winning the game is unbelievable. It’s one of the best places to come and win. Games like this, you don’t care who scores, who gets man of the match. Today we had to come here and defend. When you come to Anfield you know you’re going to be under immense pressure at times and it’s the way you deal with it. We knew that if we defended right as a team then they wouldn’t cause us too many problems, and I think we did that. These games are normally settled by a bit of brilliance or a bit of fortune, and we got a deflection which Carlos was able to put in.”
Today was our fifth win the league in the past six visits to Anfield, and Ferdinand was quite happy to brag about this. “They’re the best games,” he added. “You enjoy playing football no matter what, but playing against Liverpool at Anfield and getting a good result is something you dream about as a kid. United against Liverpool at Anfield is a fixture you look for on the calendar, and we’ve been successful here the last couple of years and long may it continue.”
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