The derby match of Manchester United and Liverpool has often been the one fixture eagerly awaited by both the Red Merseyside fans and the red half of Manchester. This is one match that has so much history associated with it, along with the various emotions of the fans and the players. Winning this derby gives the fans as much joy as winning the Premier League, and there is no better sight than seeing the fans go wild, celebrating after winning the match. The match at Old Trafford on 13th January, 2013, the first in 2013, was no different - with noisy supporters making it difficult for Liverpool to control the tempo of the match.
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1
The first half saw Manchester United completely dominate Liverpool, with Liverpool having almost no chances and David De Gea having to do absolutely nothing. It was Manchester United who drew first blood when Robin Van Persie scored in the "19th" minute (a great time to score against Liverpool) with a clinical finish, meeting the cross of Patrice Evra, who lashed the ball in the box. Again, Van Persie showed how important he has become to this Manchester United team, after making the finish look so simple. It was a difficult ball to control, and Van Persie correctly decided to go for it, and producing a brilliant finish, leaving no chance for Pepe Reina. The first half could have seen more goals from Manchester United, after Welback missed an opportunity to score, when he intercepted the pass between the two Liverpool defenders. However, Skertel was there to block his shot, and the chance went begging. In another instance, Van Persie's back flip shot was cleared off the line to clearance, otherwise, Manchester United would have finished the half with a deserved two goal lead. But it wasn't to be. The first half ended with Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0.