Another mediocre performance by Manchester United and some lucky decisions by Howard Webb going their way, allowed them to proceed to the 4th round of the FA Cup, and at the same time denying Kenny Dalglish a good start with Liverpool as he took over from Hodgson.
It took only 2 minutes for a goal to be scored, but it was in a very controversial situation. Berbatov made the most of a light contact by Agger in the box, and took a dive, but referee Webb was fooled and gave United an undeserved penalty. Giggs stepped up to take it, and made no mistake from the spot to open the score. But Liverpool responded as they tried pinning United back, while United showed no response of their own in trying to build on their lead. On the 31st minute, yet another painful decision for Liverpool to concede, as Gerrard was shown the red card for a two footed tackle on Carrick, leaving them with only 10-men.
But again United failed to build up on that advantage, and Liverpool took possession of the ball until half-time, with a rare occasion for United as Evans saw his header from a corner kick hit an upright and come out. Second half saw United more enterprising, as Hernandez headed just wide, but when Babel and Shelvey came on for Liverpool, United were in for a scare as Liverpool upped the pace in search for an equalizer. Both teams then settled the pace as United looked to counter, likewise for Liverpool, but in the end no more goals, and United were lucky to get away with the 1-goal lead, while Dalglish will rightfully curse the ref, but also take out some positives out of his team as they prepare for their next match.