Pictures: Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United – Juan Mata special sparks joyous celebrations

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United walked away from Anfield with three precious points thanks to a superb double from Juan Mata either side of half-time.

In a feisty encounter that saw Steven Gerrard sent off just 48 seconds after coming on in the second half, Mata’s two pieces of magic meant United won just their fifth away of the season.

United started the game well and put in their best and most dominant first half performance at Liverpool for several years, getting their reward when Ander Herrera slipped in Mata for the opener.

Mata’s second was a thing of beauty. Found expertly by the returning Angel Di Maria, Mata sent a bicycle kick finish into the far corner of the net.

Daniel Sturridge’s strike ensured a tense finish and Wayne Rooney missed a last minute penalty which thankfully didn’t cost his team.

Here’s a selection of the best images from Sunday’s win:


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