EPL: Liverpool blast past Man United, Arsenal sink Spurs
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool closed to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 3-0 win at beleaguered rivals Manchester United. <br><br>All images courtesy AFP and AP.
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as Liverpool closed to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a 3-0 win at beleaguered rivals Manchester United.
All images courtesy AFP and AP.
Gerrard found the net from 12 yards either side of half-time.
Gerrard should have had a hat-trick of spot-kicks, with a third penalty hitting the post after United captain Nemanja Vidic had been shown a second yellow card for felling Daniel Sturridge, but it was to prove anecdotal.
Luis Suarez added a third goal in the 84th minute to give Liverpool their first victory at Old Trafford in five years.
This was the defending champions' fifth home defeat of the campaign and having started the day 11 points below the Champions League places, their hopes of a top-four finish have been all but extinguished.
Tomas Rosicky fired Arsenal back into the Premier League title race as the Czech midfielder's quick-fire strike clinched a crucial 1-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham.
Arsene Wenger's side began the weekend seven points behind Chelsea, but they moved to within four points of the leaders -- with a game in hand -- thanks to Rosicky's winner after just 72 seconds.