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03-06-2011, 10:45 PM #1
Kyut hat-trick guns down Man Utd 3-1Liverpool delivered a huge blow to Manchester United's title aspirations with a 3-1 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Anfield.
Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick to give Kenny Dalglish's side a thoroughly deserved victory over their deadly rivals who, in truth, never looked like threatening their hosts.
The defeat leaves United three points clear of second placed Arsenal having played a game more and Ferguson will certainly be disappointed that his side were unable to capitalise on the Gunners' draw with Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, as they delivered a performance hardly befitting of their supposed superiority over their oldest foes.
The first half belonged to Dalglish's men and in particular Kuyt, securing a brace within five minutes. In truth he was the benificiary of the sublime and the ridiculous. His first came from a fantastic piece of individual play from Luis Suarez, with the Uruguayan slaloming inside the area to put the ball on the Dutchman's foot to break the deadlock. The second was to come from a terrible defensive header from Nani, who knocked the ball into the path of Kuyt to head home his second and put Liverpool firmly in the driving seat.
The second half was equally disappointing for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who were lacking in almost every department. A few flickers of a comeback were soon extinguished as Kuyt secured his hat-trick, latching onto a rebounded save from Van der Sar who had looked to parry away a limp Luis Suarez free-kick. Javier Hernandez provided late consolation for the visitors but it will have offered cold comfort for United who have now suffered consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since March 2009....being a human...