The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

United beat Liverpool as City is held by Arsenal


LONDON (AP) - Robin van Persie ended Manchester United's five-year wait for a win at Liverpool on Sunday, and Arsenal maintained its unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a draw at Manchester City.

Van Persie converted a late penalty kick to clinch a 2-1 victory at Anfield after both teams had paid tribute to the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster before the game.

United was a man up from the 39th minute when Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, but Steven Gerrard managed to give Liverpool the lead with a volley at the start of the second half - only for Rafael da Silva to equalise.

And Van Persie's winner prolonged Liverpool's worst start to a season in more than a century, while lifting United to second.