Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool: Fourth-place dreams shattered by Reds

Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Manchester United were soundly beaten by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with the visitors ending the slim hopes David Moyes' side had of finishing in the top-four this season.

Two Steven Gerrard penalties and a late Luis Suarez goal gave the Reds all three points, and there was even time for Gerrard to miss a third penalty that resulted in Nemanja Vidic being shown a red card for a foul on Daniel Sturridge.

Replays suggested the Serbian defender made little contact with the England striker, but by then the damage had been done, with Brendan Rodgers' side the better team throughout.

United were simply not in the match, with Liverpool first to the majority of balls and dictating the pace throughout.

A Rafael hand-ball saw Liverpool awarded the first penalty before Phil Jones felled Joe Allen to see Gerrard convert again just after the interval. Suarez was later played through and deftly finished over David de Gea.

The result sent Liverpool back to second in the table while United remain seventh and could now struggle to finish any higher.

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