Alex Ferguson Rafa BenitezThree points at Anfield, job done. Sir Alex Ferguson, who has always made his dislike of Liverpool well known, has claimed that we deserved the points and that we were the better team.

“It was a typical Liverpool-United game,” assessed Sir Alex. “The fans create such a fervour and it’s difficult for the referee. Flowing football isn’t the issue, it’s about winning the game. But in the moments when we did play football in the first half, we looked the better team. It’s a marvellous day for us – a good team performance and a great result. I said before the game that I feel the games between the top sides are going to be important this season. That’s an important win for us. It’s going to be a long struggle and a fight until the end of the season. But I’ve always said around December, if we can be top or thereabouts on New Year’s Day then we have an outstanding chance of retaining the title.”

Were United the better team today?