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Liverpool missed Manchester United

premier league live betsThe big derby of Liverpool England - Manchester United ended without a winner after both teams exchanged one goal at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard gave the hosts lead, spelled out in the 68th minute of free kick. Javier Hernandez - Chicharito equalized in the 81st minute, scoring with head close to Rheina after mixing.

With the exclusion of both Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney both managers adopted a conservative 4-5-1 formation and this cautiousness meant that both sets of players struggled somewhat to find the space and time to create.

One side-effect of this claustrophobic nature was the success of the attacking play of the full-backs. A run of this nature from Patrice Evra allowed the Frenchman to pass Martin Kelly and deliver a cross for Phil Jones. The summer signing from Blackburn - who lined up in an unfamiliar midfield position - couldn’t keep his far post header on target and it swung wide of Pepe Reina’s left post.

The tempo increased in the second half, the aggression was evident and controversy was just round the bend when a corner kick from Gerrard was met by the head of Dirk Kuyt. His effort could have been goal bound had it not hit the arm of Evans. Anfield rose to appeal for the penalty but the referee waved away their protests.

With the increased intensity the game came alive and that man Adam was relishing the situation. Another run from deep, similar to that in the first half, caused trouble for the visitors defence and it was up to Rio Ferdinand to halt it. A clip to the left heel of Adam was enough to bring down the Scotland international and set up a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.

Sir Alex, who believes a point apiece was probably a fair outcome from a match that took its time to really get going, was full of praise for his goalscorer after the game.

“Chicharito was great - if you look again and see the goal it is absolutely fantastic,” he said to Sky Sports.

“Martin Skrtel has got his arms right round him but he has still managed to free himself and get the header in.

“His record with goalscoring is absolutely unbelievable - the boy has just got that touch you need.

“If you forget the last three games here and just focus on the context of today’s game, I believe the result is a fair one.

“You can never be completely confident a goal will come when you are 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go but we do have the players who can come on and do that.”