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Rooney is two good for Liverpool and Suarez

Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United saw off Liverpool in a fiery encounter at Old Trafford.

The Liverpool born striker grabbed a brace early in the second half, to secure United fourth consecutive home win in the league against their bitter rivals from the East Lancs Road.

Much had been said before the game about the Suarez – Evra feud, with many suspecting that United captain would not shake hands with the Liverpool striker.

Few could have foreseen what happened.

Liverpool had sunk to a new low by defending their striker to the point where their own credibility was tested – t-shirts and all that – but even Dalglish must have felt embarrassed at his player’s lack of dignity.

Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand, despite the Frenchman’s attempt to make him look like a decent human being.

The United captain was incensed by the reaction – utterly premeditated and, for such reason, even more disgusting – as was Rio Ferdinand, who refused to shake Suarez’ hand.

Liverpool started off positively, their five men midfield slowing United down to the point were the home side had virtually no tempo at all for the first 20 minutes or so.

Fergie had opted for the wise heads of Scholes and Giggs in midfield, supported by Valencia with Rooney and Welbeck up-front. Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans and Evra were assigned the task of protecting DeGea.

Evans and Ferdinand were absolutely superb, leaving the Uruguayan striker frustrated at the lack of service, while Scholes and Carrick controlled the tempo of the game magnificently.

Liverpool had the first chance of the game, with Jonhson blasting a shot wide after cutting inside from the right after nine minutes.

United responded quickly, Valencia tormenting Jose Enrique time and again – something that the Liverpool fullback would become accustomed to throughout the afternoon – before delivering a clever ball to the far post which proved to be slightly too short for Rooney.

United’s best chance of the half was a case of rolling back the years. Welbeck, Rooney and Scholes exchanged passes, before United’s number 22 found Giggs out wide.

The Welshman’s cross found Scholes unmarked in the box, but his header was instinctively parried by Reina.

Just before half-time Suarez was tackled by Ferdinand, the Uruguayan striker pointlessly appealing for a red card when it was clear for everybody – except perhaps Jamie Redknapp and Kenny Daglish – that Ferdinand had played the ball.

Suarez caused yet more controversy as he blasted the ball towards the crow as the half time whistle went, the sign of a man struggling to keep his emotions under control.

United started the second half on the front foot and, two minutes after the restart, Giggs’ corner was touched on by Jordan Henderson; the ball fell to Rooney who, unmarked at the far post, volleyed it home in front of the Stretford End.

Three minutes later the former Everton man sealed his brace, following some brilliant work from Antonio Valencia.

The United winger – again outstanding – shrugged off Spearing’s challenge to deliver the ball into Rooney’s path.

United’s number 10 took a touch before poking the ball in between Reina’s legs for his 17th league goal of the season.

United were in control and should have added a third goal as Rooney failed to convert from inside the box, after a brilliant pass from Valencia.

With ten minutes to go Suarez pulled one back, after a Charlie Adam’s freekick had bounced off Rio Ferdinand, but it was too little too late for Dalglish’s men, as United went top of the league, albeit momentarily.

After the final whistle it was all about Patrice Evra, who celebrated in front of the Stretford End, as Suarez walked off the pitch.

In the post match interviews Ferguson condemned his captain’s reaction, before labeling Suarez “a disgrace”, while Dalglish stubbornly defended his striker, claiming that “it was bang out of order to make an example out of Suarez”.

How it can be out of order to condemn racism is a question that remains unanswered, but there seems to be no limit to the depths to which Liverpool Football Club can sink under the man they call “King Kenny”.

Ferguson was right at playing down Evra’s celebrations but, at the same time, it’s impossible not to feel sympathy for a guy who’s been racially abused and yet made look like the culprit in this despicable saga.

Dalglish and Liverpool have sunk to a new low with their reactions, a sad downturn in fortunes for a once glorious club.

United will not be fazed by such comments, as they regained top spot. Liverpool, meanwhile, should worry about clinching a place in Europe for next season, rather than spending energies to defend Suarez.

 

 

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)

44 Comments

44 Comments

  1. Ian

    February 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    #YSB 😆

  2. RedDevilEddy

    February 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    THAT WAS SWEEEEEET! 😀

  3. alicia ogbologugo

    February 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    For Liverpool ??? defend suarez it shows d???????????????? are all racist. I stand for what Ferdinand did and wished d???????????????? all had shun him too.

  4. Daniele

    February 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh racist bastard! 19 YSB

  5. RedDevilEddy

    February 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Gotta say it could easily have been more. Having watched the game one thing really bugged me, which was the scorcher from Rooney 30 yards out that flew into the corner of the net. I mean, how in Gods name is that a free kick against Evans? 😕 One footed, no studs showed, he goes in cleanly and takes the ball with the upper side of his boot, barely touches Spearing without going in with any force or velocity. Rooney gets the ball and fires in an unstoppable shot, but it’s disallowed because of a free kick against Evra. What the fuck?! 🙄 It would have been 3-0, dead and buried, Wazza would have had his third hat-trick of the season and the scoreline would have a fair reflection of the game. We simply hammered Liverpool! Their first shot in the second half came on 73 minutes, a pathetic attempt by Agger from 40 yards which flew way wide! To make matters worse, Suarez’ goal was their first shot on target since the 3rd minute. That’s 77 minutes without a shot on target, by one of our main rivals!! Embarrasing, should have been more, much more…

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

      @RedDevilEddy: couldn’t agree more mate. I was a bit worried after a slow start but, from around the 25th min mark in the first half, we were all over them. Should have been a couple more, as we had a few good chances. Thought we played superbly in the second half. Nice to see how Scholesy and Carrick kept the ball moving without forcing a pass, there always seemed to be a good option for them. Valencia is simply incredible, the lad is so strong and powerful and i love how he just gets past his man and puts crosses into the box like a good old fashioned winger. Evans was superb, i hope he can carry on his good form.
      Today’s game was a remainder that, as much as Fergie is criticised for not spending enough, spending money just for the sake of it is detrimental. Just look at Carroll,Henderson,Downing and Adams.

      • RedDevilEddy

        February 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

        @Daniele: When it comes to spending, I think the Suarez case is a very funny one. So many people on here were bashing Fergie for not going for Suarez, he was only worth £23 million and would be the talisman this team has missed since Ronaldo. “Fergie has lost it”, shouts of VALUE with rolled eyes were written, it’s incredible. I’ve always stood by Fergie for his signings, I mean just look at the difference. Hernandez, worth £7 million or something and a saint of a man, and here is Suarez, a **** of the highest order and something I wouldn’t want in our team. Ever! He is a disgusting human being and I’ve never really hated anyone as much as him, which is odd considering how many rival players United have had during the years. He has no respect from me and I hate his guts, wouldn’t sadden me one bit if he broke his leg. And that, when it comes from me, says something.

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          Seriously Eddy, as an Englishman I’m telling you that word is not required to be used like any normal word, call me old fashioned no problem but in days gone by that word was never uttered, nowadays it’s thrown around like please and thanks, I’m not letting this site fall to those depths. If you want to use that language there’s plenty of other sites that will allow it.

  6. RedDevilEddy

    February 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Properly disgusted by most Liverpool “fans”………..

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

      @RedDevilEddy: their behaviour was appalling mate. Always has been always will be. Suarez is a disgrace but Dalglish and LFC don’t come out of this any better. His post match interview with SKY was an embarrassment to modern society. Calling the media “bang out of order” for pointing out that Suarez behaved foolishly, and again giving the impression that there’s some sort of agenda against them. I always hated Liverpool but ,deep down, i considered the club – not the fans – to have a moral and ethical code which earned them a bit of respect. After the way they conducted themselves over the Evra affair i can only conclude that the “always the victims,never your fault” attitude permeates not only the fans but the club itself. As a fan behind me put it yesterday “Jog on back to that pathetic shithole,waste of space, sad excuse for a town that you call home.” YSB

      • RedDevilEddy

        February 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

        @Daniele: I’ve always had respect for Liverpool. Yeah, they are our rivals and we’ve had our feuds, but they have a rich history and despite being kinda deluded they’ve always had my respect. Suarez has removed every little inch of it. Because of him and his sharades, I don’t care for the club anymore. And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. It’s odd how Liverpool fans can stand behind him, I mean this is a more serious matter than demanding more money on your contract and we all saw the reaction Rooney and Rio got! Despite always protecting his players, Fergie tells us all when it’s wrong. Patrice yesterday, Wazza and his contract, and when Tevez was here I remembed him comparing the Argie **** to people like Neville and Giggsy, telling him he should have some respect. And that was while Tevez still was here! Dalglish has made a fool out of himself, much because of Suarez who I for one can’t believe is still a Liverpool player. Had Hernandez or Rooney done what he did to Patrice there, can you imagine any United fan protecting him? I certainly wouldn’t, I’d call for his head and want him out of the club as soon as possible! Heck, we wanted Ronnie out just because he threw a training top on the ground! 😆 😆

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          Eddy.

          If you use that word one more time I’ll ban you from the site, surely after mentioning in a previous comment that you used a ‘word currently under moderation’ you realise that word is prohibited?

          Mate, seriously, you write for the site, I expect better. Read the rules page and watch your language….please.

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

          @Ian: I don’t get the thing though, is it that particular word or swearwords in general? Because all other words seem to be fine, at least they’re not up for moderation? 😕 But I’ll watch my language, promise.

  7. utd forever

    February 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

    A brilliant photo I must say, in your face you racist scum! Go cry to your mama – Kenny D.

  8. RedDevilEddy

    February 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Some fun facts! 😀

    1. Rooney has scored 21 goals this season, 11 of which have come in the games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City and Spurs.
    2. United have picked up 14 points from the 6 games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. The last time we did so was in the 2002/03 season, the closest amount being 13 points in 2007/08.
    3. In those 6 games Manchester United have scored 19 goals, with an average of more than 3 goals per game.
    4. Ryan Giggs and Ashley Young lead the “big game” assist chart for United with 4 each.
    5. Danny Welbeck have won United 3 penalties this season.
    6. Patrice Evra has two assists from open play this season, and has also won penalties against Chelsea and Arsenal.
    7. Wayne Rooney is still without a Premier League booking this season.
    8. Rio Ferdinand hasn’t scored a goal since January 2008, in the 6-0 romp against Newcastle.
    9. Valencia has made 11 assists this season, 8 of which have been to Rooney and Berbatov with 4 each.
    10. Had the 6-1 mauling at Old Trafford ended 0-0, United would have led the table by 4 points and one more game played. Goal difference would have been +41 to United and +39 to City.

  9. RedDevilEddy

    February 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Ian mate, why are all my comments under moderation?? 😆 My language isn’t that bad is it? I don’t sound like a drunken sailor in a strip-club, give me a break! 😆 😆 😆

  10. RedDevilEddy

    February 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    DUH DUH DUH
    DURURU DUH DUH DUH
    DURURU DUH DUH DUH
    DURURU
    RACIST BASTARD!!!

  11. RedDevilEddy

    February 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I’m kinda giddy! 😆 😆 :mrgreen:

  12. ash is the man

    February 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    inter are an absolute joke at the moment- their football is awful- sneijder eat humble pie you greedy muppet

    • RedDevilEddy

      February 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      @ash is the man: Sneijder is a joke now. Too lazy, too complacent. Haven’t seen him to anything noteworthy since the World Cup, having seen him in action this season it would surprise me if he’s worth half of what we were, reportedly, willing to offer in the summer.

      • Andrei

        February 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        @RedDevilEddy: To be honest Sneijder had only two good seasons both at Inter with Mourihno in charge. He was rather average before joining Inter and he regressed significantly since Mourihno left. I’ve never understood this Sneijder the United savior hype.

      • Daniele

        February 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        @RedDevilEddy: i just think he wants out to be honest and he’s doing his best to let his feelings known.

  13. thatboywazza

    February 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Breaking news….

    Luis Suarez has now apologised for his actions which was the right thing to do. However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner and we hope that he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool Football Club.”

    Suarez issued his own apology, which read: “I have spoken with the manager (Kenny Dalglish) since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong.

    “I’ve not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened.

    “I should have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions.

  14. thatboywazza

    February 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    the world is gonna end tonight…I think am in a parallel universe

    • RedDevilEddy

      February 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      @thatboywazza: They’ve still not apologised to Evra, as far as I’m concerned Suarez is still a dickhead of the highest order and I hate his guts. Liverpool had to issue a statement after what Fergie said, credit to the big man. Disgrace, no other word for it 🙄

      • Opti

        February 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        @RedDevilEddy: agreed. Apologize to save their asses is not the apology needed. You apologize over your acts and to the persons you hurt — i.e. don’t apologize to Liverpool.

  15. Andrei

    February 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I think what would be classy thing to do is to ignore this entire handshake (or rather no-handshake) episode and focus on truly comprehensive United win which made LFC look pretty much the middle table team they are nowadays.

    Not trying to defend anything Mr. Suarez did or is allegedly guilty of but this whole thing does look more and more like a witch hunt. Especially given that another incident involving a white British player and a black British player has relatively minimal media coverage and FA went as far as removing handshake in QPR vs Chelsea game. And let’s imagine for a moment if John Terry gets acquitted of racial abuse charges. Which is not that unlikely as getting convicted by a FA troika committee is not quite the same as getting convicted by a UK court. In this scenario FA may have opened themselves to a huge civil damages case should Mr. Terry decide to proceed with defamation lawsuit. Which would be ironic given his “unblemished” reputation.

    • Opti

      February 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      @Andrei: Terry and Suarez are both Witches that should be banned / docked point. That would end all outward racism. Of course, they should be forced to do community service work in “minority” communities.

      Terry — SHAME!!!
      Suarez — SHAME!!

      • Andrei

        February 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        @Opti: Why don’t we just burn them. Or crush to death like they did it in New England?

        • Opti

          February 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

          @Andrei: if the options are
          1) doing nothing + continue the “Kicking Racism out of Football” program OR
          2) seriously banning players who make racist comments but not follow up on their post-ban behavior

          I don’t know what the points are? It should be:
          1) Ban players who make racist comments + enforce public apology + enforce community service + continue “KRooF” program
          2) Ignore problem all together and stop trying to be serious about racism in football.

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          @Opti: I despise Racism… The neighbourhood I come from have people from all parts of the globe, so the multicultural thing has never really been an issue for me. The few people I’ve seen here who have acted racist are very much known of and pushed out. It’s disgusting, and it doesn’t belong anywhere. Every time I’ve seen it happening, punishment has been severe, so it’s always gonna be a serious issue for me as I’ve personally experienced how much it can hurt somebody. I hate Suarez, and the way Liverpool are acting is disgusting. No other word for it really…

        • Andrei

          February 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

          @Opti: In order to implement what you are suggesting requires a legal framework that deals efficiently with racial abuse while protecting individual rights and freedom of speech. Otherwise forcing misbehaving players to do community service (labor camps anyone?) would be just a milder version of the practice to stone women in Arab countries for alleged amoral conduct.

          What complicates matter more is that qualifying a racist conduct is not easy proposition and unfortunately is greatly influenced by populist and tribal agendas. E.g. on one hand it is generally considered not acceptable to refer somebody’s black race origin or making generalizations about people of black origin even in inoffensive terms. On the other hand posting “It’s hard to see racism when you are white” billboards like they did on highways in Duluth, MN is called “fostering community dialog”.

    • Stephen

      February 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      @Andrei: Sorry Andrei but I remember you defending Suarez when this first happened?

      • Andrei

        February 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        @Stephen: Here we go again 🙂 I never defended Suarez as there was nothing to defend to begin with. In a civilized (I hope!) country like UK a person is innocent unless proven otherwise in the court following established procedures that give adequate legal protection for the accused and provide remedy against accusing party through the danger of perjury. My only point was about FA committe not being legally fit to declare anybody a racist. Which btw they never did in Suarez case.

        As far as this particular incident is concerned I happen to believe that coercing to shake somebody’s hand for the sake common good is gross violation of personal freedom. Refusing it is not a class act but not a crime either.

  16. thatboywazza

    February 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    i hoped they hit suarez with an 8 match ban again..i think thats why he issued the statement.

  17. Eddie Griffin

    February 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    And in other news…COME ON VILLA!

    • RedDevilEddy

      February 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      @Eddie Griffin: My God they are boring!! 🙄

      • Eddie Griffin

        February 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        @RedDevilEddy: Credit to City for doing just enough to win, but it was an awful game, much like our game at Villa. Villa did try to make some things happen at the end, but it was too little, too late. McLeish is trying to drag them into the mire it seems.

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          @Eddie Griffin: McLeish is a rarity as he’s one of very few managers I don’t like. Steve Keen and all the others seem like good fellas who’s just got bad luck, but McLeish is just embarrasing! Don’t care what people say, Aston Villa is not a small club and to see them perform like this is sad. They’re a good side with a rich history, the sooner he leaves the better… They really need to start thinking big again.

    • Darth Red Disblo

      February 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      @Eddie Griffin: Put city under pressure and they will crumble. Sadly, hardly any team does that now.

  18. Opti

    February 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Villa are playing with midtable mentality — defending until behind against a top half team. Disgrace!

    They deserved to lose.

  19. ash is the man

    February 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Sneijder didnt only have 2 good seasons and he was always a good player. He did well before madrid but unfortunately madrid eat players just look at robben. Sneijder just looks lost at the moment and i am sure he regrets demanding such high wages. I still think he would be a fantastic player for us and would have no problem playing in a middle two- however I am not bothered either way because he we actually dont NEED him- WANTING him is a different thing- but we certainly DONT NEED him

  20. ash is the man

    February 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    With the attacking players villa have its such a shame they have spineless manager with no backbone….. Football is supposed to be inventive and artistic not what I saw today

  21. Sammy J

    February 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    We think this takes Suarez into a new level of sports villain.

    http://tezini.com/sports/11146/luis-suarez-sports-villain-real/

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