Jamie Carragher has admitted that his attack on Nani, which left our winger with a cut to the bone, was “terrible”. With the game being played at Anfield, Phil Dowd failed to send Carragher off for the assault, but Mr Liverpool has admitted that his action took the shine off the result for him.

“It was a terrible tackle,” Carragher said. “I apologised to the lad after the game. I think he was training again after a week, fortunately. He’s been one of the best players this year – not just at Man United but in the league. I’d just gone to full-back and he’d just switched sides. I’m not stupid – I know Fergie was thinking ‘Let’s get at him’. So I thought I’d try and get as tight as I could. He slightly mis-controlled the ball and I thought I could get it. We beat Man United, great win – but it took the shine off it a bit later on when I watched it. I spoke to Michael Owen a few days later to find out how the lad was doing and I was pleased he was okay.”