Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge strikes again to sink Manchester United

Liverpool vs Manchester United
“Bill Shankly’s name reverberated around Anfield before and after a fitting occasion to fall on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday. The Liverpool performance in between was too backs-to-the-wall to represent a tribute in his image. It did not matter. “If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing,” Shankly once said, and first always tastes sweeter in these parts at the expense of Manchester United. An early goal from Daniel Sturridge on his 24th birthday maintained Liverpool’s 100% start to the Premier League season, their best since 1994, and preserved David Moyes’s winless record at Anfield in the process.” Guardian

“Liverpool secured their best start to a Premier League season since 1994-95 with victory over champions Manchester United at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge celebrated his 24th birthday with his third successive winner of the season by steering in a close-range header in the third minute. Liverpool deserved their latest single-goal victory, a result that also maintained new United manager David Moyes’ miserable record at Anfield. Moyes hoped for better luck with United after 12 games without victory as Everton manager – but his team came up short despite enjoying plenty of possession in the second half after being outplayed before the break.”

Moyes suffers Anfield agony again
” The great managers whose finest achievement became apparent after their departure are a rare breed. Perhaps, as in much else, Bill Shankly is unique. As Liverpool celebrated Monday’s 100th anniversary of his birth with typical enthusiasm, it was in part because Shankly was the founder of a great winning dynasty. Another iconoclastic Scot had the same designs. Three games after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Manchester United are discovering it is not that simple. His handpicked successor, David Moyes, was condemned to a first defeat at the ground where, infamously, he has never won and to the club that, famously, Ferguson knocked off their perch.” ESPN

Manchester United fail to emerge from the wings
“In Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Manchester United, the Premier League champions were out-passed and out-thought in midfield, with Steven Gerrard outstanding for the home side in a deep role, and Philippe Coutinho making a series of dangerous incursions in the inside-left position. As they toiled to excellent effect, one fact became increasingly clear: In the frustrating summer rush to acquire at least one central midfielder, the worrying state of Manchester United’s wingers has not been addressed.” ESPN

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