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‘œRafa’s cracking up’ ‘“ Post Utd Press Talk

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Today’s newspaper round-up is simple: Manchester Utd 1-4 Liverpool. A complete rout!

Rout of Manchester United has Rafael Benitez ‘cracking up’ with laughter (Sunday Telegraph)
Liverpool stun Manchester United (Sunday Times)
Watch and learn, Gerrard tells Premier League as Ferguson claims best team lost (Observer)
Gerrard torments United to breathe life into title chase (Independent on Sunday)

What a beautiful, beautiful day it was.

So who says the title, and a clean sweep of all the honours, is a shoo-in for Manchester United now? After humiliating Real Madrid in midweek, Liverpool scored four again at Old Trafford yesterday and, to borrow Sir Alex Ferguson’s memorable phrase, it really is ‘œsqueaky bum time’ for United now.

Joe Lovejoy, Sunday Times

It could easily have been five or even six, and if the comprehensiveness of the rout escaped Ferguson, the home fans who left the stadium barely half full by the end seemed to have got the message loud and clear. Those that remained attempted to taunt Liverpool with chants that they would finish the season empty-handed, though that can no longer be taken for granted. While the league remains a big ask, Liverpool will feed off this famous win should the sides’ paths cross again in Europe.

Paul Wilson, Observer

“Rafa’s cracking up,” they sing of Liverpool’s manager. And after this the amateur psychologists might have a point. After watching his team score eight times in five days against football’s two most storied opponents, even the notoriously controlled Señor Benitez will be cracking up, with joyous laughter.

Jim White, Sunday Telegraph

It may take even more than this to stop the Manchester United juggernaut, but Rafa Benitez’s Merseyside scallies yesterday inflicted a nasty enough dent to require remedial work by Sir Alex Ferguson. His team are still four points clear of Liverpool, with an away game at Wigan in hand, and should the champions go on, as must still be expected, to retain their title, United’s manager may look back on this as a useful corrective to the sort of complacency he has never tolerated.

Steve Tongue, Independent on Sunday

Now read what the fans have to say’¦ POST-MATCH: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool

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