Man United defeats rival Liverpool
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's goal helped Manchester United defeat rival Liverpool 1-0 in their Capital One League Cup third match to ease the pressure surronding United boss David Moyes on Wednesday night.
Hernandez goal just after the break saw Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford. The striker's goal came after he lost his marker and slotted home Wayne Rooney's corner from close range. Shinji Kagawa and Luis Suarez saw efforts hit the crossbar as United held on to make the fourth round draw.
Suarez was in the Liverpool starting lineup after completing his 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season, with manager Brendan Rodgers recalling the Uruguay forward at the first available opportunity.
Indeed, there was no resting players for this competition, with Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge also included in a full-strength Reds lineup. Meanwhile, Rooney captained a strong United side that nevertheless showed eight changes from the team defeated 4-1 at Manchester City on Sunday.
David De Gea also kept his place but Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj were only on the bench as Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa were amongst those to start for David Moyes.
United started strongly, with both Hernandez and Nani having shots blocked early on before Rooney and Kagawa tried efforts. Liverpool came more into the game, with Suarez and then Sturridge seeing efforts blocked and go wide.
Suarez then got around Jonny Evans but looked a little rusty as De Gea was quickly off his line to gather the ball before he could get his shot off as the first half ended all square. Hernandez broke the deadlock soon after the break. Indeed, the Mexican's first goal of the campaign came so early in the second half, United manager Moyes had barely got beyond the penalty area in his walk to the home dug-out.
It meant it was easy to spot the Scot's celebration, at a strike that should at least quell some of the angst that built up following that awful hammering at Manchester City four days ago. But United's performance was far from perfect. Indeed, De Gea produced a fine reaction save to repel Victor Moses' powerful diving header.
Suarez then came close to leveling when his vicious free-kick struck the bar after a slight Phil Jones deflection with De Gea beaten. But the hosts had chances to sew up the contest too, with Simon Mignolet producing a couple of excellent saves to deny Rooney, while Kagawa glanced the crossbar with a long range effort.
And, after bravely riding the hefty punches landed on him at the Etihad Stadium, Moyes was left to celebrate a much-needed victory against one of England's biggest clubs, and United's greatest rivals.
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