Hernandez rescues point for United

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Updated: October 15, 2011

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Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United

Full time It’s all over, a draw is probably the fair result but Henderson had two great chances at the end to endear himself to the Merseyside faithful right in front of the Kop. Gerrard’s return though will be the story of the day as the Liverpool legend put in a very string performance for the full ninety minutes.
92min Liverpool are making more of the closing stages
91min Henderson has a free header from a well weighted Downing cross, should have hit the target after finding the space
90min Adam and Suarez both gettheir heads to the ball from the corner before Skrtel smashes it over, 3 mins ET
89min Henderson almost lobs De Gea with a lovely volley but de Gea makes another good save and it’s out for a corner
88min Fletcher concedes free which Adam which Gerrard blasts it into the wall
88min Giggs does well to find his way past Kelly but he plays a blind pass and it’s out for a goal kick
86min Downing rifles a shot in from 30 yards out but it’s always going away from goal
85min Smalling blocks another of Enrique’s crosses, he’s done really well today
84min Evans clears the ball but it bounces straight off Skrtel to Suarez but he’s offside
83min The game is really stretched now as Utd are so top heavy with that front four
82min Kuyt nearly scores again from the corner but his shot is blocked off the line
81min Downing with a lovely cross from deep but Kuyt can’t put it past De Gea after meeting it at full stretch
80min GOAL! Nani takes the corner and Hernandez meets it at the back post as Skrtel is caught ball watching
79min Smalling wins a corner but Giggs plays it too deep and it’s cleared out for another
78min Rooney has dropped in behind a front three of Hernandez in the middle with Wellbeck and Nani on either side of him
75min Man Utd Sub: Hernandez on for Jones
74min The ball breaks to Adam who tries to play it over the top to Suarez but it’s too strong
72min The tempo is rising but neither side can get a hold on the ball
70min Utd have already stepped up but they still can’t find the break through pass
69min Man Utd Subs: Rooney and Nani on for Park and Young, this is about to get very intersting
68min GOAL! It certainly is, he plays it around the wall into the net and De Gea can’t react in time, The Kop goes mental
67min Free is very much in Gerrard territory
67min It’s a free but Ferdinand escapes a second yellow
66min A great run for Adam is ended when Ferdinand trips him before he gets to the box, the ref delays in making his decision…
64min The corner comes to nothing but Evra gets booked in the aftermath for being a brat, not very bright form the Utd captain
63min Suarez and Evra get a bit tetchy in the box and the ref calls them over for a word, Suarez offers his hand and evra pushes it away. That
62min Suarez does really well to win the ball off Fletcher then his shot is deflected out for a corner
60min Nani and Carrick are warming up for Utd but Rooney is staying on the bench for the time being
59min Liverpool have been much better since the break, Gerrard’s dropped into a holding role and Henderson will push on
58min Sorry, the referee actually gave a free kick against Suarez there
57min Suarez and Evra jostle for the ball, Suarez wins a corner and nicks Evra’s knee slightly in the process, the Frenchman goes down like he’s been poleaxed
57min Adam heads Gerrard’s corner back across the goal but Skrtel can’t get to it in time and Smalling clears
56min Liverpool Sub: Henderson on for Lucas
56min Liverpool corner after Evans does well to get to the ball before Suarez
55min Gerrard squeezes past Smalling in the Utd box but his cross is straight to De Gea
54min The game’s starting to come alive now as gaps are appearing in the middle of the park
53min Adam arches the ball over the top from the free kick but Suarez can’t reach it
53min Ferdinand is booked for another foul on Suarez
53min Young gets past Kelly but can’t keep control, he’s looked lively since half time
52min Young can’t find anyone and it’s out for a goal kick
51min Suarez twists and turns in the box but can’t get past Smalling. Kuyt gets a free header and protests that it hits evan on the arm but the ref gives nothing and we’re up the other end for a Utd corner
50min It’s still a bit flat but it’s getting a bit of bite as the tackles start to get a bit looser
47min Young whips it around the wall and Reina nearly parries it straight to Wellbeck
46min Young wins a free kick for running into Lucas, soft from the ref but this could be a dangerous one
45min Young gets his first chance to come inside but can’t direct his shot on target
45min We’re back under way and there are no changes yet despite Jones ending the first half rather gingerly after that clash with Lucas
Half-time It’s been a far from vintage opening half with only Suarez really threatening following Adam’s shot. Neither side has found a way to break through yet so it looks like the managers will have to turn to their benches to change the outcome and with Rooney, Hernandez, Nani, Valencia and Anderson at Ferguson’s disposal Liverpool may rue their sloppy play in that half.
45min+1 Atmosphere has gone very flat as Downing tries to find Suarez from an improbable pass
44min Neither manager will be happy with their team’s performance, 2mins added to the half
43min Lucas and Jones clash heads in a bit of a freak accident as the Brazilian runs straight into the back of the Utd player
43min Adam’s free is played right in on top of De Gea but he gets a strong punch on it to clear
42min Young is booked for a definite foul on Gerrard in the wide right position, Adam to take it
41min It’s been a sloppy first half all in all, lots of misplaced paces and mistimed runs in midfield
40min Enrique gets caught in possession by Park who makes a great run before misfiring wide from just inside the box
39min Skrtel intercepts a stray pass and breaks forward only to be ushered off the ball by Ferdinand for a Utd goal kick
38min Kuyt and Suarez link up well on the edge of the box with a nice one-two but the Uruguayan strays offside
37min Jones doesn’t spot Young free in the box and elects to shoot but it’s wide
36min Good run from Downing peters out as Utd get tight to him in the box, encouraging spell for Liverpool but can they find a goal
33min Adam’s shot is saved but Suarez picks up the ball in the box but can’t find the net as De Gea does well to save
31min Gerrard slips as he rushes a cross after nice play between Suarez and Downing
30min Gerrard delivers it to the near post but it’s cleared and Utd are on the front foot until Lucas and Enrique double up on Young to win it back
29min United have done well to take the tempo out of the game and it’s died down a bit as Liverpool prod the ball around in front of the Utd defence looking for an opening and win a corner
27min Skrtel knows Wellbeck off the ball and gets booked after Liverpool put Utd under pressure with good crosses from Kelly and Enrique
25min Suarez tries his luck from just inside the Utd half after spotting De Gea slightly off his line but he can’t find the target
23min Suarez hasn’t got a look in yet but he wins his second free kick as Smalling bundles him over after a nice spell from Liverpool
21min Played short and Gerrard plays a lovely cross in but Suarez doesn’t get to the near post in time to meet it
21min Liverpool corner from a Downing shot
20min It’s been a surprisingly sporting opening without much aggression from either side, Utd have quieted the crowd now as they get more of the ball
18min Lliverpool sit back into their formation a bit more and allow Utd to string a few passes together but there’s no real threat
16min Great cross from Evra on the overlap after good work from Utd but Jones can only find the side netting with his header, first real chance of the match
13min he can’t and Reina plucks it out of the air
13min Kelly gives away a free kick on the corner of the corner of the Liverpool box, looked soft to me but this could be dangerous if Young can deliver
12min Downing dives embarrassingly after Evra pulls out of a challenge and it’s out for a throw
11min Gerrard plays the free over the top and it’s cleared
10min Ferdinand gives a silly free away 25 yards out by making an unnecessary foul on Suarez, Rio will struggle today
9min Utd get a their first feel of the ball after Downing fouls Smalling, Liverpool press all over the pitch and Utd can’t build anything
7min Another nice move, this time starts from a well spotted pass by Reina to Enrique who gets a bit lucky to get past Smalling and his cross is too soft to reach Kuyt
5min Nice move breaks down when Lucas ends up all alone up front and Kuyt miscues his cross, good start from ‘Pool
3min Nice cross-field pass from Downing who spots Gerrard in space on the right but he can’t get his cross in and it’s out for a Utd goal kick
1min United chasing, trying to win the ball back. No shape to Liverpool yet though.
0min Fletcher gives the ball away immediately and Liverpool step up as a whole
0min United get things started to a chorus of boos and whistles
0min The visiting supporters unfurl a host of banners reminding Liverpool how many leagues they’ve now won and the first rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone rings out. We’ll be under way in five minutes
0min Line ups are in and there’s one notable absence from the United team, no Rooney. Gerrard is shoehorned into the Liverpool midfield alongside Charlie Adam and Lucas Leiva, so Adam will probably sit back as a deep lying playmaker while Lucas does the covering and Gerrard links up with Suarez much like he did with Torres. That’s what King Kenny will be hoping anyway, I’m not so confident. Carroll could have done a job against the shaky central pair of Ferdinand and Evans.
Liverpool Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Kuyt, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Gerrard, Suarez.
Subs: Doni, Agger, Carroll, Henderson, Spearing, Bellamy, Robinson.
Manchester United De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Young, Jones, Fletcher, Park, Giggs, Welbeck.
Subs: Lindegaard, Anderson, Rooney, Hernandez, Carrick, Nani, Valencia.

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