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Van Persie fires United past 10-man Liverpool

Manchester United moved up to second in the Premier League table after beating Liverpool 2-1 on an emotional day at Anfield.

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for the home side towards the end of a first half they had largely controlled, but then Steven Gerrard gave the 10-man Reds the lead within a minute of the start of the second half.

That lead only lasted five minutes, however, before United defender Rafael equalised. The visitors then began to make their one-man advantage count and Robin van Persie gave them the lead from the penalty spot nine minutes from time.

The win is United's first at Anfield in almost five years, since Carlos Tevez scored the only goal of the game in December 2007. The victory sends them up to second in the table on 12 points, one behind leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool still await their first league win of the season, and remain in the bottom three where they were shunted down to following Saturday's results.

On what was always set to be an emotionally-charged day as Liverpool played their first home game since the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report exonerated Liverpool fans of blame for the 1989 disaster, moving pre-match tributes were paid to the 96 who lost their lives as a result of the tragedy.

Before kick-off United legend Bobby Charlton came out onto the pitch with a bouquet of 96 red roses, 96 red balloons were released into the sky by Ryan Giggs – United captain in the absence of Nemanja Vidic - and the home crowd held up placards spelling out 'The Truth', 'Justice' and '96' as they sang their traditional pre-match rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone.

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