Van Persie's late penalty sinks Liverpool
LONDON (REUTERS) - Robin van Persie's late penalty earned Manchester United a fortunate 2-1 victory against 10-man Liverpool in an emotionally-charged Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday.
The Dutchman sealed the victory when he fired his spot kick past the despairing dive of goalkeeper Jose Reina after Glen Johnson had brought down Antonio Valencia.
The first match at Anfield since the Hillsborough report cleared Liverpool's fans of blame for the deaths of 96 of their number at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, sparked into life after 39 minutes when Jonjo Shelvey was red-carded for a dangerous lunge.
However, Liverpool deservedly went ahead straight after halftime through Steven Gerrard's volley.