Man Utd v Liverpool and Arsenal v Man City - as it happened

Manchester City beat 10-man Arsenal, while Manchester United beat Liverpool in the Premier League.

13 January 2013 Last updated at 18:45 GMT

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  1. 1843: 

    All that remains is for me to sign off and go home for some tea. Tom Rostance will be back in the chair on Tuesday for FA Cup third round replay action. Be sure to join him, and thank you for all your contributions this weekend. It's been a pleasure. If you want a football fix before then, Match of the Day Two will be on BBC One and this website from 2225 GMT. Good night.

  2. 1839: 

    Before I go, here's a cracking stat from our friends at Infostrada: "Manchester United now have 55 points from 22 Premier League matches - this represents their highest ever tally at this stage of a top-flight season."

  3. 1835: 

    Manchester City midfielder James Milner, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was the most important thing to get all three points, them going down to 10 men helped.

    "Before the sending off we looked the most dangerous side anyway. I think we could have kept the ball better in the second half, though. Arsenal are a strong team and will come back at you, and it was important we did not give them a sniff at the back.

    "It is disappointing to lose Vincent Kompany, it is a big loss to probably lose him for three games, but it is not too bad to call on Joleon Lescott. I am sure we will be all right."


    Jack on Twitter: "Re Ahnaf (1823]: There is no debate re Wilshere vs Cleverley - anyone who thinks Cleverley is a better player is kidding themselves."

    Ruaridh Williams on Twitter: "Summary of the day? Title race is still on. Webb is a good referee, Dean isn't. Tackling needs to be looked at and I love the Prem."

  5. 1832: 

    So today's results mean very little has changed at the top of the Premier League table. Manchester City remain seven points behind Manchester United (55 points), while Chelsea are a further seven points behind City with a game in hand. Arsenal are sixth on 34 points, with Liverpool eighth on 31.

  6. 1826: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "I thought we started too timid. We lacked the initiative, of course it became difficult with 10 men, but I believe we had a lack of concentration for both goals.

    "I cannot fault the effort of the players, but we needed to be more focused and get to half-time with a 0-0 as anything could have been possible.

    "I was surprised by the decision to send Koscielny off. If it was a deliberate penalty, and you cannot do that at this level, you cannot make mistakes at the back."


    Jj on Twitter: "Arsenal lack creativity and still try to score the perfect goal. They need a new Patrick Vieira."

    James Keeling ‏on Twitter: "Every single Arsenal player looked like they were on the verge of tears every time a decision went against them. No grit!"

    Ahnaf Tahmed Faiz ‏on Twitter: "Though there's an endless debate regarding Cleverley-Wilshere, both showed how important they're going to be for England."

  8. 1823: 

    What do Arsenal and Manchester City fans want to see happen in the January transfer window? Both clubs clearly have money to spend if they want to - but are the right signings available this month?

  9. 1821: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on Sky Sports: "If you play with 10 players it is very difficult. But, we started with a good attitude and pressed high as we wanted to win the game, it was easier after the sending off.

    "Second half we were too soft and I thought the game could re-open. It was also not a sending off for Vincent Kompany as he took the ball with one foot.

    "It is not a red card, absolutely not. The referee made a mistake there but it was a red card for Koscielny.

    "We know Manchester United are very strong, but the season is long and we need to continue to work."

  10. 1820: 

    It looks like Edin Dzeko will get his wish for a regular starting place as Sergio Aguero recovers from a hamstring injury and Mario Balotelli works hard on getting back into manager Roberto Mancini's good books. Can he take that chance?

  11. 1817: 

    Manchester City goalscorer Edin Dzeko: "It was a penalty. I didn't score it but I knew I would score later because I told myself I missed the penalty so I had to work harder and score from another chance.

    On starting games: "It is very important for my confidence starting games. I have started the last four and I have scored maybe four goals. I am happy but the main thing is the team is winning games and we are fighting for the title still."

    Edin Dzeko
  12. 1814: 

    Manchester City's James Milner on Vincent Kompany's sending off: "It is hard to say [if it was the correct decision]. It is a tough job being a referee and I will have to see it again to be sure."


    Dan Mayhook on Twitter: "I think the biggest loss for Arsenal the past few seasons has been Eboue. He could play across the pitch and is a world class defender."

  14. 1812: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was a good result for us because to play here is always difficult. Arsenal are a really strong team. Today, we started the game well with a good attitude, but the sending off made a difference.

    "I think that today we should have closed the game in the second half, but we didn't, and that is a big mistake.

    "It was not a sending off [for Vincent Kompany], he went in with his left foot in front and I think the referee made a mistake."

  15. 1810: 

    A few of you are pointing out on Twitter that today's linesman told Joleon Lescott to go and applaud the travelling City fans after the match because they had paid £62 to go and watch their team today. Quality.

    Man City players applaud their fans
  16. 1807: 

    It was also fairly clear today that Theo Walcott cannot play as the lone striker against two quality centre-halfs. Why was Lukas Podolski tucked into midfield? Arsenal were at home and the German should have been playing up front. That is where he does his best work.

  17. 1803: 

    If we're looking for positives for Arsenal today, I thought Jack Wilshere played well again. He really does relish the midfield battle and is not afraid to get stuck in - just ask Vincent Kompany. However, he needs helps. Far too often, Santi Cazorla looked way off the pace this afternoon.


    Kamila Morgan on Twitter: "The difference between Walcott and Van Persie is that when the team aren't playing well, RVP can still make an impact."

    Elliott Bambrough on Twitter: "Good effort in the second half from the Arsenal boys, but effort alone rarely wins games. Time to open the cheque book..."

    Oscar Koslover on Twitter: "Two simple words. Wenger out."

  19. 1800: 

    Right then, let's have your thoughts on the afternoon's action. Are Manchester City fans happy, or do you agree with Martin Keown that Manchester United have the edge in the title race because of RVP? And what about Arsenal supporters? Is it looking bleak or are we overreacting to today's defeat? After all, the Gunners played 80 minutes with just 10 men against the champions. Talk to me. Twitter, #bbcfootball, or text on 81111.

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "The Greater Manchester Premier League is not done and dusted just yet."

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The difference in quality between the Manchester clubs and the rest is big, they are running away with it. It is a young Arsenal team, but they switched off for the free-kick and gave the win to Manchester City too easily in the end.

    "Robin van Persie seems to be the difference between the sides. He used to be very predictable with his left foot but he can now use his right, and with his maturity now, he is the real deal.

    "If he had been at Emirates Stadium today, maybe, just maybe, his former club could have got something from this game."

  22. 1756: 

    I have to agree with Will's text below. James Milner seemed to relish the extra responsibility today and his work-rate was phenomenal. A top pro.


    Will Rider on text via 81111: "James Milner is a work-horse, he's been absolutely everywhere. Man of the match for me."

  24. 1755:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Emirates StadiumFULL-TIME- Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

    "Not a happy first home match of 2013 for Arsenal but an excellent away win for the champions Manchester City. It was frustrating from start to finish for the Gunners, and City were by far the better team."

  25. 1751: 

    Aleksandar Kolarov comes on to boost City's backline, in place of David Silva.

  26. 1751: 

    We're into five minutes of added time and Arsenal finally force Joe Hart into a save. Kieran Gibbs pulls the ball back for Olivier Giroud, but the French striker's tame effort is easy pickings for the England keeper.

  27. 1749: 

    Nearly. Theo Walcott manages to get a shot away but Joleon Lescott is in the right place at the right time to clear off the line. That would have set up a lively finish.

    Theo Walcott
  28. 1747: 

    Here he is. Mario Balotelli, sporting a new blond mohawk and a cheeky smile, comes on to replace Edin Dzeko. Anything can happen now.

    Mario Balotelli and Bacary Sagna

    Sam on text via 81111: "No complaints about either red cards, players know the rules, the refs tell them at the beginning of the season. Kompany didn't need to tackle like that."

    Dave in London on text via 81111: "Only one player out of control of their movement during the Kompany incident. He got given a free kick."

    Vincent Kompany challenges Jack Wilshere
  30. 1745: 

    Now it's Gareth Barry's turn to be booked after he brings down the fleet-footed Jack Wilshere.

  31. 1744: 

    Defender Per Mertesacker, who stands 6ft 6ins tall, has been chucked up front. No prizes for guessing Arsenal's tactics now.

  32. 1743: 

    Arsenal are getting desperate. Theo Walcott crosses from the right and it hits Gael Clichy's leg, yet there are muted appeals for a penalty. It was a bit like a cricket appeal - where the keeper knows the batsman didn't edge it, but it's worth a half-hearted appeal anyway.


    Everton captain Phil Neville does not seem to agree with the decision to send off Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "I thought Kompany was definitely going for the ball, feet slightly off the ground, but not nasty for me!"

    Vincent Kompany challenges Jack Wilsher
  34. 1741: 

    So can Arsenal raise a comeback now both teams are down to 10 men? They have got just seven minutes left to find a way back into the match.


    PhilLDurrant on Twitter: "Kompany left the floor = red card end of."

    HigherWayne on Twitter: "No no no... Challenges like that (genuine attempts to play the ball) MUST be permitted."

    JustHoggy on Twitter: "The ref just wanted to give Koscielny some Kompany."

    Vincent Kompany is sent off
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "He went in with one foot but the other is not far behind. I can see why Mike Dean has sent him off.

    "For me, it is the way that Vincent Kompany tackles. Watching it live, I thought he was in trouble, but watching the replay he did go in with one foot with the other not far behind."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  37. 1736: 

    Manchester City bring on Joleon Lescott for Carlos Tevez. It's a direct reaction to Vincent Kompany's red card because, minutes earlier, Scott Sinclair had been about to be brought on.

  38. 1735: 

    Javi Garcia is booked - I presume it's for protesting Vincent Kompany's red card.

  39. 1733: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is shown a straight red card after a full-blooded tackle on Jack Wilshere. Both players went in for it but Kompany looked like he dived in two-footed and, despite winning the ball, the referee took action.

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Arsenal needed to get something from this game today so the way this game has gone will be a disaster for them."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  41. 1731: 

    Mike Dean has used plenty of ink today, as he books another player - this time Gael Clichy for a mistimed tackle on Bacary Sagna. From the free-kick, an unmarked Olivier Giroud heads over the bar from eight yards out. He needs to be scoring those.


    Shuga on Twitter: "If Theo Walcott wants to be taking seriously as a striker, it is games like this he should be able to influence."

  43. 1729: 

    Terrible finishing by Carlos Tevez, as the Argentine striker finds himself clean through on goal but he tries to go around the goalkeeper and Wojciech Szczesny manages to nip the ball off his feet. Poor.

    Carlos Tevez
  44. 1725: 

    Once again, Arsenal create an opportunity but fail to bring a save out of Joe Hart. Bacary Sagna lays the ball off to Santi Cazorla on the edge of the box, but the Spanish playmaker fires his effort into the stands.


    Stepan Benyovszky on Twitter: "RE 17:09 - There's optimism, blind optimism, and sheer naivety. Arsenal's form is not exactly on the rise."

  46. 1723: 

    Jack Wilshere is the latest player to go into Mike Dean's book, for a challenge on Javi Garcia on the halfway line.

  47. 1722: 

    Arsenal continue to give the ball away in their own half, with Edin Dzeko given two bites of the cherry but both of his efforts are blocked.

  48. 1719: 

    Abou Diaby has worked hard today, but he has looked short of match fitness and he is replaced by Aaron Ramsey. Half an hour left now.

    Abou Diaby
  49. 1719: 

    Referee Mike Dean and Thomas Vermaelen are having a right row in the centre circle, with the referee telling the Belgian defender to get on with the match. That was a very animated conversation - not something you want to be doing when you are on a booking!

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I would be a bit concerned if I was Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as we have not really seen his team play so far in this second half."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  51. 1716: 

    Olivier Giroud is brought on to replace Lukas Podolski. Surely, the Frenchman will go up front and support Theo Walcott?

  52. 1715: 

    Arsenal are not helping their cause in this second half by keep giving the ball away. It means they have little respite, which could tell in the final 10 minutes.

  53. 1714: 

    Jack Wilshere is too quick for James Milner, and the Manchester City man goes into the book for his late tackle on his England team-mate.


    Matt Bickerton on text via 81111: "Has everyone forgotten it's only January? All this talk of fans being worried Arsenal won't finish in the top-four is ridiculous. We're having a bad day at the office but we've got 17 games to make up for it. Be realistic."

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It looks like, whenever Manchester City fancy it today, they just up the gears and cause Arsenal problems."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  56. 1709: 

    James Milner has been magnificent for City today. His performance has been so good, the Blues are not missing Yaya Toure. Surely he is a contender for Garth Crooks's team of the Week?

  57. 1708: 

    Manchester City have started brightly in the second half as Gareth Barry wins the ball 30 yards out and James Milner whips in a cross from the right which Edin Dzeko heads over the bar.

  58. 1706: 

    Walsall made it five wins from six with a 3-1 win at Preston in League One. First-half goals from Febian Brandy and Paul Downing put Walsall in command, before James Baxendale added a third in the 56th minute. Bailey Wright struck in stoppage time for Preston, but it was little more than a consolation. Walsall move up to 12th with the win.

    Meanwhile, Carlisle picked up three points with a 1-0 victory against Coventry to move nine points clear of the relegation zone.


    Angus McPhail on Twitter: "RE 1658 - Yes, but Arsenal also have a game in hand which could put them level with Everton and three points behind Spurs."

  60. 1704: 

    Mike Dean is booed to the centre circle, puts his whistle to his mouth and we are under way in the second half. Neither side has made any changes.


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand seems happy with his side's 2-1 victory against Liverpool on Twitter: "Great result v Liverpool. Great support from our fans today, loud as!!! Three more big points, roll on Wednesday!"

  62. 1658: 

    I've just had a little look at the live table, and I think Arsenal fans should be genuinely worried that they won't finish in the top four, possibly even top five, this season. As it stands, they are six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and three behind Everton.

  63. 1655: 

    So what can Arsenal do to turn this one around? Is it a case of damage limitation, or can they genuinely fight back into this match? They certainly need to be offering Theo Walcott more support up front.


    EdJClarke on Twitter: "Arsenal just play it out wide, chip it in the box, lone striker Walcott easily outjumped every time. Unbelievably poor tactics."

    JMeeson on Twitter: "I think this is very unfair on Arsenal, red card and City on two breaks. City haven't played that well."

    Edngugi on Twitter: "Worst thing is, Arsenal is just one more centre back dismissal or injury to Sebastien Squillaci."

  65. 1649: 

    The officials are being booed as they make their way down the tunnel for half-time refreshments, but referee Mike Dean did not have much choice other than to give a penalty and a red card when Laurent Koscielny brings out the rugby tackle.

  66. 1648:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Emirates StadiumHALF-TIME- Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City

    "A wretched first half for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's plans went out of the window after 10 minutes when Laurent Koscielny was sent off and, with a two-goal lead, Man City have been more than able to take advantage. There was no pressure on them before half-time, and no sign of any either."

  67. 1646: 

    Thomas Vermaelen goes into the book for a late challenge on Edin Dzeko. There was no need to make such a tackle on the halfway line. Now he's going to spend 45 minutes stuck on a yellow card.

    Thomas Vermaelen
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Arsenal should be doing better there as Per Mertsacker has allowed himself to be dominated in the air.

    "The Manchester City players have all got their cigars out here. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger needs to do something here with his team talk at half-time."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  69. 1644: 

    It nearly gets a whole lot worse for Arsenal - and Mohamed, see tweet below - as City win a corner and Jack Wilshere somehow manages to clear Javi Garcia's goalbound header off the line.

    Jack Wilshere

    Mohamed Toorani on Twitter: "Rubbish. Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. No passion, no soul, no heart in this Arsenal side. Nauseating."

    Mark O'Reilly on Twitter: "If Arsenal don't make top four this season I fear they could be out of it for a few years to come."

    Jamie Atkins on Twitter: "Horrible situation at Arsenal where the players are passionate about nothing. Leagues out of reach, FA/League cup 'below them."

  71. 1642: 

    Arsenal continue to come forward as Abou Diaby muscles into the area but his shot is sliced and fails to trouble City goalkeeper Joe Hart. He looked rusty there.

  72. 1640: 

    That's better from Arsenal, as Lukas Podolski gets clear of Javi Garcia in midfield but his cross is cleared off the head of the waiting Theo Walcott by Gael Clichy. At last, a bit of fight.

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There are one or two Arsenal players looking a bit shellshocked at the moment. The Arsenal fans want total commitment not players looking around for some kind of direction."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  74. 1638: 

    Arsenal's system is not giving them any opportunity to get back into this game. Theo Walcott is playing as the lone striker but keeps drifting wide because he is winning absolutely nothing against towering City centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic.


    Bridgettoofar on Twitter: "Arsenal are so far away from having a championship team. The only difference between them and Liverpool is continuity."

  76. 1636: 

    There are around 2,000 City fans at the Emirates today, with some boycotting because of the £62 ticket price, but they are out-singing the 58,000 Arsenal supporters at the moment. I imagine Gunners fans are shellshocked - after all City never win at Arsenal. The last time they did so was in 1975.

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Arsenal are out of their comfort zone. Lukas Podolski was trying to do his bit for his team their in the build-up to the second goal, but it is not in his DNA to track back.

    "It is an easy day out now for Manchester City."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  78. 1631: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City - Edin Dzeko (32 mins)

    I fear for Arsenal in this game now. Pablo Zabaleta wins a 50-50 ball with Kieran Gibbs on the right, James Milner whips in a cross and Carlos Tevez's effort is palmed straight into the path of Edin Dzeko. It was a simple tap-in for Dzeko, and Arsenal are really under the cosh now.

    Edin Dzeko scores for Man City
    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Just before Arsenal had a player sent off it was end-to-end stuff and it looked like a top game. There is no reason Arsenal cannot get back into this, they have quality and are the home team."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  80. 1629: 

    Arsenal win a free-kick 35 yards out, but Theo Walcott floats it harmlessly wide. Such a waste.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "5 - The two Manchester clubs have missed five penalties this season; one less than the rest of the Premier League put together. Fluffed."

  82. 1627: 

    David Silva's long-range shot is deflected behind and, following a short corner, Gareth Barry whips in a cross which Javi Garcia heads wide. Arsenal need to hang in there and wrestle back some control.


    Beck723 on Twitter: "Great finish. Man City can't ask for a better opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table."

  84. 1625: 

    That goal has really taken the sting out of Arsenal. They were fired up by a sense of injustice with the red card, but they are struggling to get the ball off a confident City now as Carlos Tevez fires in a shot from the edge of the area, but it's straight at the goalkeeper.


    Max_Bromwich on Twitter: "Referee has killed a good game, incidentally, if Balotelli was on the pitch penalty would have been buried."

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "On restarts you have to have the attitude someone has a gun in their hand and is going to hurt you. All the Arsenal players turned their back and Thomas Vermaelen should be much tighter, much earlier.

    "No-one was organising. You have to be on red alert on restarts."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  87. 1621: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City - James Milner (21 mins)

    Arsenal are caught napping by Manchester City as the champions take a quick free-kick. Gareth Barry took it, passed to David Silva and the Spaniard found Carlos Tevez, who played a glorious ball through for James Milner to hammer home from 12 yards out.

    James Milner
  88. 1619: 

    With Arsenal down to 10 men, I wonder if Abou Diaby's lack of match fitness will begin to show as the match goes on? There's a break in play at the moment as Jack Wilshere receives treatment following a late challenge by Javi Garcia.

  89. 1617: 

    The Arsenal crowd are fired up as their side win a corner and Jack Wilshere's cross is punched clear by Joe Hart before Theo Walcott, on the edge of the area, fires high over the bar.


    Ethan Barr on Twitter: "Red cards dished out too easily these days, penalty and yellow card is harsh enough punishment!"

    _TheBaron on Twitter: "Koscielny should join Rugby League, that was some tackle. He's wasted in football."

    Edin Dzeko
  91. 1615: 

    Arsene Wenger looks furious on the Arsenal bench, but I don't think Laurent Koscielny can have any complaints with that decision. City get a corner and Vincent Kompany flashes a header across goal but Carlos Tevez fails to get a touch at the far post.

    Arsene Wenger

    Jack in Norwich on text via 81111: "That's an excellent decision! Why on earth was Koscielny rugby tackling Dzeko there? Awful defending!"

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There is contact between the players but I do not know where Laurent Koscielny could have gone there.

    "It is unbelievable he was sent off for that. Even if it was a penalty, I do not know if it was a clear cut chance."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  94. 1612: 

    Arsenal make a tactical substitution following that red card, with defender Per Mertesacker replacing forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  95. 1610: 

    Unbelievable. Edin Dzeko dusts himself down and steps up but his effort is deflected on to the post by Wojciech Szczesny, who was diving the wrong way - and the Polish goalkeeper gratefully gobbles up the ball when it rebounds back into his arms along the goal-line.

    Dzeko misses his penalty against Arsenal
  96. 1609: 
    RED CARD - Laurent Koscielny

    Laurent Koscielny is shown red by Mike Dean after wrestling Edin Dzeko to the ground in the area.

    Koscielny is sent off
  97. 1609: 

    Manchester City are awarded a penalty.

  98. 1608: 

    City are doing most of the pressing as the ball lands at the feet of David Silva on the edge of the area, but Thomas Vermalen gets in a good block.

  99. 1606: 

    City's midfield is certainly more grit than guile this afternoon, with Javi Garcia starting alongside Gareth Barry and James Milner. They are overpowering Arsenal at the moment, however, as the ball is played forward to Edin Dzeko but Wojciech Szczesny clears the danger.

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown at Emirates Stadium on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There looks some real purpose from Manchester City here. Arsenal need to move the ball as quickly because if you want to be a team that wins things, you have to dictate the play."

    You can hear commentary of Arsenal v Manchester City on BBC Radio 5 live.

  101. 1603: 

    Manchester City win the first corner of the match, but David Silva's effort is cleared to safety. The Spanish midfielder is crucial to City today, who are missing Africa Cup of Nations-bound Yaya Toure.

  102. 1601: 

    For those Arsenal fans wondering why Mikel Arteta is missing today, the Spanish midfielder picked up a hamstring strain in training yesterday.

  103. 1600: 

    We are under way at the Emirates...

  104. 1557: 

    Walsall look firmly on course to maintain their recent good form in League One with the Saddlers beating Preston 2-0 at the break.

    Febian Brandy put the visitors ahead in the 18th minute, before Paul Downing headed in a second for Walsall seven minutes before half time.

    In the other League One clash, Matt Robson's second minute goal means Carlisle have the lead against Coventry after 45 minutes.


    Rhys Barker on Twitter: "£62 + £50 train fare + £20 on food and drinks - £132 at least to watch 90 minutes when its on live TV... Yes it's excessive."

  106. 1556: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, following his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United: "In the second half, after we conceded the goal, we could have given up the fight but that is nature of the group. In the end, I thought we maybe deserved something from the game. The goals we conceded were disappointing. We will learn from days like today, even though we didn't get the result. In the first half we never threatened enough. There wasn't too many chances either way and the ones they had we presented to them. He (Daniel Sturridge) was terrific when he came on and we were much better in the second half."

  107. 1555: 

    The City players are in the tunnel at the Emirates, but they are being kept waiting by the Arsenal boys...


    ChrisDickson22 on Twitter: "Last year everyone said the title race was over when Arsenal beat Manchester City and look what happened. Anything can happen."

  109. 1552: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, following his side's 2-1 victory over Liverpool: "It obviously doesn't matter when you play Liverpool, it is a big game and I hope it's an important result. We were fantastic until their goal, which inspired them. They made a fist of it in last half hour and it made it an engrossing game.

    "We played well. It was as good a performance as we've produced for a while. When you play Liverpool you have to be at your best form to win and we were."

  110. 1550: 

    I'm also keen to hear what Manchester City fans think about Carlos Tevez these days. After last year's five-month golfing break in Argentina, he is very much back in favour at the Etihad - with talks even planned about a new contract.

    "I think we have time to talk with him about this," said City boss Roberto Mancini. "When Carlos takes a decision, he'll talk with us."


    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "What are the chances of Fergie loaning RVP to Arsenal for 90 mins to help them secure a victory vs Man City?"

    Jim Patterson on Twitter: "Very interested to see what Walcott can do as a lone striker against a top defence."

  112. 1547: 

    It will be an interesting atmosphere in the stands today, with Manchester City returning 900 tickets from their allocation of 3,000 because some supporters refuse to pay the £62 admission charge. Their stance has been supported by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

    "The Man City fans have done what they should do - if they think it's too much they don't turn up," Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek. "I'm absolutely sure that will be dealt with and we'll not see that again."

    What do you guys think? Is £62 too much to watch 90 minutes of football?


    James on text via 81111: "A win for Arsenal could open a huge scramble for 2nd, 3rd and 4th places, especially with Chelsea and Arsenal's games in hand."

  114. 1544: 

    Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, following their 2-1 victory over Liverpool: "Robin van Persie is different class. He produces moments in the game others can't do and we are glad he is on our side. We had our gameplan and it worked really well in the first half. They came into it more in the second half but we got the three points and showed our character. It's a nice afternoon to go back home and watch the game (between Arsenal and Manchester City) and hope we can stay 10 points clear."

  115. 1542: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his side's clash with Manchester City is an all-or-nothing showdown for both clubs, with the Gunners looking to stay in touch with the top four and City chasing leaders Manchester United as they defend their title.

    "I think they are in a situation where a draw will not be good enough, and we are in the same situation," said the Arsenal manager.

    "The fact that both teams have to absolutely go for a win promises a more open game. When you are in City's situation, you don't want to drop more points because it can be damaging for your chances."

  116. 1540: 

    If City lose today, it would mean United remain 10 points clear at the top of the table. When the Blues lost at the Emirates last season they fell eight points behind with six games to go but still won the title. So perhaps Roberto Mancini is right? However, unless Robin van Persie gets injured, I cannot see United losing such a lead again. What do you think? Is this match now a title-defining one? Tweet me, using #bbcfootball, or text us on 81111.

  117. 1537: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1600 GMT)

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he wants to focus on his own team and will pay no attention to how title rivals Manchester United fared against Liverpool.

    "We should go our way," Mancini said. "We can't think about United or other teams.

    "We don't see the table in this moment but at the end of February. Also it is difficult because we are missing important players but we want to do a good job on Sunday."

  118. 1534:  
    Dion DublinDION DUBLIN Q & A

    Dion Dublin believes the result of Arsenal's game against Manchester City could be a crucial one in the Premier League title race:

    "Arsenal have been intermittent again this season, they just don't seem to have any consistency. They are not where they should be but have the quality in their side to climb the table. If City lose, the gap will be 10 points and I feel the title will be going towards the Reds."

  119. 1533: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v Manchester City (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Mannone, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Coquelin, Jenkinson.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Barry, Milner, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Sinclair, Kolarov, Suarez, Rekik, Balotelli.

    Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)


    TheDangle on Twitter: "I think Fergie should get a watch specially made with an attached rubber hand that points towards it. Save some arm ache."

    Faron Bloomfield on Twitter: "Welbeck man of the match is shocking, just ran all day and missed shots. Carrick should've won that."

    Ben Abell on Twitter: "Great win for United, though shouldn't have been that nervy."

  121. 1531:  
    MOTD'S Steve Wilson at Old TraffordManchester United 2-1 Liverpool

    "A narrow win for Manchester United, who were supremely comfortable for the first hour with goals from Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic putting them in front. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's introduction changed the game and the visitors bossed the end of game. Liverpool gave their rivals a scare but United take the points."

  122. 1530: 
    Arsenal v Manchester City (1600 GMT)

    Arsenal make four changes from the side that drew with Swansea in the FA Cup last weekend. Thomas Vermaelen comes in for Per Mertesacker in defence, Abou Diaby returns in midfield after three months out with a thigh injury and Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both come into the starting line-up. Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud are the players making way, with Theo Walcott up front on his own.

    Joe Hart returns in goal for Manchester City after being rested against Watford in the Cup, with Costel Pantilimon making way. Matija Nastasic replaces Joleon Lescott in defence and Carlos Tevez continues up front alongside Edin Dzeko with Sergio Aguero still out injured. Mario Balotelli is on the bench.

    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Emirates StadiumArsenal v Manchester City (1600 GMT)

    "Those Manchester City fans willing and able to pay the hefty £62 for a ticket will be hoping for the payback of seeing their team's first league win at Arsenal for 38 years. Which Arsenal will turn up for this game, though? The free-scoring version which managed 17 goals in their last five home games, or the rather lacklustre, uninspiring Arsenal that drew at Southampton on New Year's Day?"

  124. 1529:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "Liverpool made it a lot more anxious for Manchester United than it needed to be after Sir Alex Ferguson's side totally dominated the first hour. Liverpool improved but the Premier League leaders fully deserved their win."

  125. 1528: 

    United were hanging on there, which makes you wonder why Liverpool couldn't start the game like that? We'll get you all the reaction to that match shortly, but we're also going to start looking ahead to our late kick-off at the Emirates between Arsenal and Manchester City.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "On the whole, Liverpool could have come away with a point. Manager Brendan Rodgers's half-time change improved them a lot.

    "However, with Robin van Persie in their team, Manchester United always look like they will beat teams."

  127. 1526: 
    FULL-TIME- Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

    That's it, all over. Manchester United go 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Over to you Manchester City...

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have combined exceptionally well at times, they have been a huge positive. Liverpool can take a lot from this second half.

    "Instead of playing three holding midfielders they have tinkered with it and brought Sturridge on as the lone striker with Suarez in behind."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.


    DSelase on Twitter: "Can United hold on?"

    Wasim Khan on Twitter: "A certain ginger midfielder would've controlled the tempo right now but he's not even on the bench..."

  130. 1524: 

    Liverpool can't say they haven't had the chances to get a draw here, as Luis Suarez directs a free header straight into the grateful arms of David De Gea. Fergie is frantically pointing to his watch on the touchline...

  131. 1523: 

    Daniel Sturridge has been lively since coming on and, after being set clear by a quickly-taken free-kick, he fires into the side-netting. Just four minutes of added time left, as Robin van Persie almost produces a moment of magic at the other end - his backheel/flick from 12 yards being saved by Pepe Reina.

  132. 1521: 

    It's amazing to see Manchester United hanging on - they should have been home and hosed at 2-0 up. West Brom thought the same yesterday against Reading. Will we have another incredible comeback today? Just one minute of normal time remaining...

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Man Utd very anxious when the ball is in their area now."

  134. 1519: 

    Glen Johnson gets away with one after almost rugby-tackling Antonio Valencia, who pleads with the referee to give the Liverpool defender a second yellow card. Howard Webb is having none of it, though, and settles for a free-kick.

  135. 1517: 

    Is that Liverpool's big chance? Luis Suarez battles with Rafael for a loose ball in the box, and eventually finds Daniel Sturridge - only for the new signing to blaze the ball over the bar. Brendan Rodgers has his head in his hands.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Jordan Henderson coming for Joe Allen. Allen very poor and right off the pace today."

  137. 1515: 

    Manchester United are sitting back now, which is a credit to Liverpool who have performed well since going 2-0 down. They might regret not starting the game they way they are ending it.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It could be a huge blow going ahead for Manchester United if centre-back Nemanja Vidic has picked up a knee injury again."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  139. 1512: 

    Regarding that breaking news earlier (1501 GMT), police have now lifted the cordon around the Emirates Stadium and allowed access to the stadium for today's game between Arsenal and Manchester City.

    An Arsenal spokesman has confirmed that "police checks" were being carried out. However, the match will kick-off at 4pm as planned.

  140. 1512: 

    Chris Smalling comes on for United, replacing Nemanja Vidic, while Jordan Henderson has come on for Joe Allen in the Liverpool midfield. Just 10 minutes left now.

  141. 1511: 

    Theo Walcott will play as a lone striker for Arsenal against Manchester City, with Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelen making their return to the team after injury.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Second half performance a real lesson for Liverpool - too passive and negative in the first 45 minutes."

  143. 1509: 

    Manchester United defender Phil Jones comes on for Shinji Kagawa. They are obviously worried about Liverpool's growing threat.


    Mich on text via 81111: "If Welbeck knew how to finish, the match would have been over by half-time."

  145. 1507: 

    Patrice Eva is booked for a foul on Stewart Downing. There appeared to be minimal contact, however, as Steven Gerrard whips in the resulting free-kick and Nemanja Vidic clears behind. However, the referee gives a goal-kick.

  146. 1505: 

    Liverpool are really applying some pressure now as Patrice Evra gives the ball away to Daniel Sturridge, who tees up Fabio Borini to shoot wide. Brendan Rodgers's substitutions have worked well so far. About 17 minutes left in this one.


    Kanayo Umeogu on Twitter: "Something is wrong here. Suarez is yet to do something controversial..."

  148. 1502: 

    Carlos Tevez starts up front for Manchester City today, with Matija Nastasic recalled in defence.

  149. 1501: 

    Some breaking news to bring you. Police have found what they describe as a "suspect package" in a car park close to the Emirates Stadium and have cordoned off the ground prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City. The match is due to kick-off at 4pm.

  150. 1459: 

    Liverpool remain a threat in this game as Glen Johnson cuts in from the left wing but his shot goes just wide. United need another to feel safe.


    Ben Franklin on Twitter: "Three strikers on now by Liverpool. Regardless of the score today, it is looking good for the rest of the season."

  152. 1456: 

    Pepe Reina has clearly shaken off the effects of his first-half injury as he dives at full stretch to tip Shinji Kagawa's 20-yard shot wide.


    Henry Morris on Twitter: "It's a good save by De Gea but how many times this season has he pushed the ball back out into trouble instead of put it out?"

  154. 1454: 

    Liverpool make their second change of the afternoon as Fabio Borini comes on to replace Raheem Sterling.

  155. 1453: 

    Just when it appeared United had this game wrapped up, Daniel Sturridge pops up with a goal out of nowhere. There is a red mist descending on the pitch from a flare in the Liverpool end, but Sir Alex Ferguson might be suffering from a bout of red mist too. Both Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard were given too much space on the edge of the box, Rafael lost Sturridge and David de Gea should have done better with the initial shot.

    Liverpool fans
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea should have pushed that wide. It was a decent save but he should have done better with that and palmed it away."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  157. 1449: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (57 mins)

    That's just what this game needed, as Liverpool finally make it a contest. Raheem Sterling lays the ball off to Steven Gerrard and the skipper's shot from the edge of the box is only palmed as far as Daniel Sturridge, who slots home.

    Daniel Sturridge

    Fitz in London on text via 81111: "What does Allen have to do to get substituted? As much as I have faith in Brendan Rodgers, he does seem to have his favourites!"

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I thought the free-kick it came from should have been a red card. But Robin van Persie has bent a beautiful cross into the back-post and Patrice Evra was completely unmarked, although his header looked like it could have nicked off Nemanja Vidic."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  160. 1446: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool - Nemanja Vidic (54 mins)

    The free-kick won by Danny Welbeck might prove decisive as Robin van Persie whips it to the far post and Patrice Evra's header takes a deflection off Nemanja Vidic and nestles into the back of the net.

    Evra and Vidic
  161. 1446: 

    Danny Welbeck has played well today and his pace sees him spin Martin Skrtel and the defender is given a yellow card after bringing down the striker.

  162. 1444: 

    Liverpool are starting to show more urgency as Luis Suarez drives at the heart of the United defence and squares to overlapping full-back Andre Wisdom. However, not for the first time today, the youngster makes a complete mess of the opportunity. He is most certainly a work in progress going forward.

  163. 1441: 

    United win a free-kick about 30 yards from goal and Robin van Persie steps up, in fact races in from 10 yards, but the ball flies to safety. That promised much and delivered little.


    Vivek Dasani on Twitter: "Nice to see an aggressive second half sub for Liverpool."

  165. 1439: 

    Daniel Sturridge tries to make an early impression with a direct run at the heart of United's defence but soon runs into trouble and the move breaks down. I think the striker's move to Liverpool could be career-defining. Can he finally realise all that potential he clearly has got?

  166. 1437: 

    We are under way in the second half...


    Thomas Reeves on Twitter: "Call me optimistic, but this has 2-1 Liverpool written all over it after that. Sturridge will cause problems off the bench."

  168. 1435: 

    Both sides have made changes at the break, with United bringing on Antonio Valencia for Ashley Young and Daniel Sturridge replacing Lucas for Liverpool.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "49 - Manchester United have won 49 and lost just one of their last 54 PL games when they have been leading 1-0 at half-time. Devilish."

  170. 1432: 

    New Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge looks like he is going to come on in the second half because he is warming up in the centre circle at half-time. He keeps getting sprayed by the Old Trafford sprinkler system. I think somebody is being mischievous in the 'OT gardening hut'.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "The two centre-backs split and the full-backs race to the halfway line when the goalkeeper has it for Liverpool. Joe Allen is meant to be the linkman, but the better teams have worked out how Brendan Rodgers's teams play.

    "When the three in midfield or full-backs are pressed high, they pass backwards and make mistakes. I think they should try something different in the second half by bringing on striker Daniel Sturridge to partner Luis Suarez."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.


    Chris in Aberystwyth on text via 81111: "Liverpool may not be playing well but United should be pushing harder to increase their lead."

    Shaf from Bedford on text via 81111: "As an Arsenal fan I feel like far from crying! Glad how well Robin van Persie has done. Staying with us, he'd have got third. He deserves the title!"

    Steve in Kingston Upon Thames on text via 81111: "Liverpool need to be much more aggressive. It's as though they are scared of the occasion!"

  173. 1427: 

    There are a couple of games in League One today as Carlisle host Coventry and Walsall travel to Preston (both at 1500 GMT).

    Carlisle have lost their last two games, but both of those were away and they will take heart from their recent form at Brunton Park - they have seen off both Bury and Hartlepool in recent games, scoring five goals and conceding just one.

    Meanwhile, Preston boss Graham Westley will be wanting a response from his side following their exit from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Thursday, but that will easier said than done against a Walsall side that has lost just one of their previous five games.

  174. 1426: 

    So what are you doing with your 15-minute half-time break? Why not download the BBC Sport app, to make sure you stay in touch with all the latest football news? If you refresh this page, you will see a link appear on the right which has all the information you need.

    MOTD'S Steve Wilson at Old TraffordManchester United 1-0 Liverpool

    "The only disappointment from Manchester United's point of view is that they haven't extended their lead. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina will hope to come out for the second half after a hefty collision with Shinji Kagawa. Reds striker Luis Suarez has run largely in vain. Manchester United are good value for their lead at the break."

  176. 1422: 

    So what do you make of that, everyone? It's not really a contest at the moment, with United dominating. I think Liverpool need to mix it up a bit. That doesn't mean just lumping it forward, but they need to be moving the ball upfield with a bit more urgency. At the moment, players like Joe Allen are happy to play neat one-twos in their own half. That will not get Liverpool back into this match.

  177. 1421:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordHALF-TIME- Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

    "Manchester United deserve their one-goal lead and more besides. The consolation for Liverpool is that they are not out of this game already."

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "People have to adapt their game. When I played away Steven Gerrard he was the best I faced, he had that ability to drag his team along.

    "People say he has lost a yard of pace now he is 32 but he has a very good range of passing. He has vision to play a deeper role.

    "You will not see the rampaging Gerrard we used to see as he has lost a yard and no longer has that drive."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  179. 1420: 

    Lucas gets the first yellow card of the match for bringing down Ashley Young midway into his own half. However, the resulting free-kick comes to nothing.

  180. 1419: 

    That was brave goalkeeping by Pepe Reina, and he is back to his feet after a couple of minutes of treatment. It looks like he has got a black eye for his troubles, but he is fit enough to continue. Great news.

    Pepe Reina
  181. 1416: 

    How did Manchester United not score there? Rafael gets in front of Glen Johnson and picks out Robin van Persie, whose backheel is cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel. With the ball loose in the box, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina clashes with Shinji Kagawa and goes down with a nasty looking injury.

    Robin van Persie
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have not broken sweat at the back for Manchester United. Wingers Raheem Sterling and Stewart Downing have not had a touch of the ball.

    "Liverpool have been inept."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  183. 1412: 

    United almost make it 2-0 when Ashley Young's cross is only partially cleared and Tom Cleverley lashes a shot just wide from the edge of the area.


    Danny Partington on Twitter: "Danny Welbeck, stop wasting all our good chances! Pace is not enough, you need to finish!"

  185. 1410: 

    More frustration for Liverpool as Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard play a neat one-two on the edge of the area, but Gerrard's next pass to Suarez is wayward and another chance goes begging. Already it seems that today is not going to be Liverpool's day.

  186. 1408: 

    All the pre-match talk before the game was about how Luis Suarez would run Rio Ferdinand ragged. It's not happening so far as Suarez picks up a pass inside the area but can't shake off the attentions of Rio and his shot is more in danger of hitting the corner flag than the back of the net. I do feel sorry for the striker a bit - he is getting no support. If he had somebody to lay the ball off to, it might have turned into a decent opportunity at goal.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Liverpool have been very poor. They have also been masters of their own downfall at times as their midfielders are playing so deep, so when they do give the ball away Manchester United's attackers do not have far to go to create a chance."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  188. 1406: 

    Danny Welbeck is running the show at the moment as he collects the ball in the area and fires into the stands. Just looking at replays of when Jose Allen gave the ball away, and it was a pass backwards in his own half. That's criminal for a midfielder.

  189. 1404: 

    Joe Allen almost becomes a lot more unpopular with Liverpool fans as he gives the ball away to Danny Welbeck and it takes a goal-saving block from Daniel Agger to deny United a 2-0 lead.


    Ian J Barritt on Twitter: "Man Utd's midfield is dominating Liverpool! Kagawa, Cleverley and Carrick."

    Jack Mosley on Twitter: "Who would've thought Liverpool would really be missing the energy of Henderson in midfield?"

    Segun_Agbaje on Twitter: "Joe Allen is one of the most overrated players on the planet. Can't pick a through pass to save his life."

  191. 1402: 

    There's a break in play while Ashley Young receives treatment after tangling with Daniel Agger. Up in the stands, Jose Mourinho is sat next to England manager Roy Hodgson with a black hood covering most of his face. He looks like an extra from Star Wars.

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Liverpool have had a bit more possession since the goal but United are getting a lot more players into the box than them. Suarez made a good break shortly after the goal and he had no-one to support him.

    "Steven Gerrard is not having an influence so far as him and Lucas are playing so deep."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  193. 1359: 

    The secret to United's success so far is their high line. They are really pressing Liverpool and are not allowing their opponents to ping it about. When the visitors do try and get it down, they look like making mistakes. 1-0 to Sir Alex at the moment.

  194. 1357: 

    I agree with Phil [tweet below], Robin van Persie looks like being the difference in the title race this season. I imagine Arsenal fans feel like crying every time he scores a goal. He is human though - and proves it when firing handsomely over the bar after being played in by Ashley Young.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "The crisp, instant finish from Van Persie was the illustration of a world-class striker right at the top of his game."


    Andrew Wright on Twitter: "Any Liverpool fan willing to explain the benefits and purpose of including Joe Allen in your team? Feel free to message..."

  197. 1354: 

    Liverpool's first real attack of the match as Steven Gerrard is given the freedom of Old Trafford to play in overlapping full-back Andre Wisdom, but the youngster's cross is easily cut out by Nemanja Vidic. They need better quality than that if they are to find a way back into this game.

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford

    "Strike one to Robin van Persie and Manchester United. Brilliant finish - but Liverpool asking for trouble if they allow United the time and space to pass around in front of them like that."

    Robin van Persie
    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Robin van Persie's movement was fantastic to get a yard of space ahead of Daniel Agger and he tucked it away very well.

    "Danny Welbeck has been the inspiration for this United performance so far, he has provided the inspiration. It has been a dour game so far as Liverpool have sat back very deep with defensive midfielder Lucas almost playing as a centre-back."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  200. 1349: 
    GOAL- Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool - Robin van Persie (19 mins)

    Who else, but Robin van Persie? Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa show some neat passing skills down the middle before shifting the ball out to the left, where Patrice Evra delivers a perfect cross for Van Persie to slot home from eight yards out.

    Robin van Persie
  201. 1348: 

    Danny Welbeck is certainly willing to put in a shift today, as he works the channel to good effect, comes inside and moves the ball to Tom Cleverley and Robin van Persie's eventual shot is charged down.

  202. 1346: 

    Liverpool are still insisting on playing the ball out from the back. I don't mind that, but it has danger written all over it when the goalkeeper and centre-half play neat one-twos. Maybe Danny Welbeck can exploit that by putting them under pressure in his central role?


    Amit M on Twitter: "Has someone played rugby on this pitch?"

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Manchester United have gone with a 4-4-2 formation with Shinji Kagawa on the left, that is a big surprise for me. They look unbalanced for me against Liverpool's 4-2-3-1 and maybe they would have been better served to start Antonio Valencia on the right with his pace against left-back Glen Johnson."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live.

  205. 1343: 

    Danny Welbeck is playing quite a central role today, and he gives Martin Skrtel a brief moment of worry when Tom Cleverley pings a pass forward but the striker fails to get a proper connection on his headed effort.


    Conor in York on text via 81111: "So, two in form strikers, one leaky defence and a massive derby. This has 0-0 written all over it..."

  207. 1341: 

    Liverpool's passing game might please some, but there's also a time to pump it forward. The Anfield side have enjoyed passing it about at the back early on, but it almost costs them when goalkeeper Pepe Reina gives the ball away and watches with relief as Robin van Persie's shot from the edge of the area is deflected to safety.

  208. 1339: 

    It's interesting how Steven Gerrard has found top form again, since Lucas returned to the Liverpool team. The Brazilian clearly does a good job of releasing the skipper of more defensive responsibilities.


    James Pratt on Twitter: "The strapping on Van Persie's hamstring [1327] is just a precaution due to the strain of carrying the team so far this season."

  210. 1336: 

    Both sides are feeling their way into the game at the moment. Patrice Evra does manage to get in a cross from the left but it's early catching practice for Jose Reina.

  211. 1334: 

    Luis Suarez is being jeered with every touch as Liverpool try and impose themselves early on. It might be difficult to play an intricate passing game on this pitch today.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Lots of groundstaff were working on the Old Trafford pitch right until kick-off. Very patchy in places."


    Treve in Cornwall on text via 81111: "So far this season Liverpool have threatened to score lots of goals, United have threatened to concede a lot. Could this be another of those freak results we've seen in recent seasons?"

  214. 1331: 

    Super Sunday is under way...

  215. 1330: 

    It looks like Shinji Kagawa is feeling the Manchester cold today, as he spends 30 seconds warming his hands. Just run about a lot, you don't feel the cold then - as my dad used to tell me.

  216. 1328: 

    We've no handshake problems today, I am pleased to report. We've got the formalities over and done with now - game on.

  217. 1327: 

    A huge roar greets the players as they make their way to the centre of the pitch. It looks like Robin van Persie has some kind of strapping on his hamstring. Is that a concern, I wonder?

  218. 1324: 

    You've got just enough time to make that brew and grab a biscuit before the teams come out. Super Sunday is just about to take off.


    Andrew Deans on Twitter: "Glad to see Valencia dropped after his recent form and local lad Welbeck being given a chance to shine in the derby."

    Phil Martinez on Twitter: "LFC fan about to get excited for Liverpool v Man U match, but then I remembered it isn't the 1980s."

    WasJav on Twitter: "Everyone talking about RVP and Suarez been fab this season. However, it's the battle of the midfield where the game is going to be won."

  220. 1322: 

    The atmosphere is building nicely at Old Trafford. Forget David Hasselhoff's final appearance as Captain Hook at the Opera House, OT is the only place to be in Manchester this afternoon. Who will be the pantomime villain in today's match I wonder? This fixture always seems to throw up a red card, as the stat below shows.


    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "14 - Only Liverpool v Everton (20) has seen more red cards than Liverpool v Man Utd of all fixtures in Premier League history (14). Battle."

  222. 1320: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the match, and he said: "It won't define (our season) but it will be a good barometer of where we are at. It's a big test and one we are looking forward to.

    "They (Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie) are both wonderful players and have different strengths but this game is about the team. Daniel Sturridge is someone I don't want to rush. When you come here you have to continue to play with courage and believe you can get the result."


    Ross.W on Twitter: "Good to see Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers putting his trust in youth for the team today. Time for Wisdom and Sterling to step and prove their worth!"

  224. 1318: 

    Just moving away from Old Trafford for a moment, I can confirm that Barnsley have appointed David Flitcroft as their permanent manager. Hopefully it proves to be a good appointment for the Tykes - Flitcroft has certainly got a very good reputation as a coach. But that doesn't always transfer to management.

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Lots of interest in Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to go with Welbeck ahead of Hernandez. Like Welbeck - player of real potential.

    "Liverpool will come here with genuine hope though. Manchester United's defence concedes goals - and Luis Suarez scores them. Huge threat."

  226. 1315: 

    Nemanja Vidic has always been at the centre of the action against Liverpool. Of his four Premier League red cards, three of them have come against the red half of Merseyside.


    Tim in London on text via 81111: "Since when did Rio and Vidic become bad defenders?"

    Former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think there is pace in both teams. The big plus for Manchester United is centre-backs Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are playing together for the first time since September.

    "With Robin van Persie in the form he is in, I make them strong favourites for this game against Liverpool.

    "I do not think this Manchester United team is as good as it was in the mid-1990s. I do not think any team has hit top form yet, though."

    You can hear updates from Manchester United v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live from 1330 GMT.

  229. 1311: 

    I have just seen shots of Jose Mourinho walking into Old Trafford. It's obviously a scouting trip for the Real Madrid manager, but how many United fans - or even Liverpool fans? - would like to see The Special One in charge of their team? Could he be the eventual successor to Sir Alex?

    Jose Mourinho
    MOTD'S Steve Wilson at Old TraffordManchester United v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    "For many this remains the English classic. This is a weighty game; it always has been and always will be. Politics, history, tragedy, music, geography, jealousy and a canal all come into it - but Manchester United against Liverpool causes sparks to fly like no other game. Perhaps the greatest thing about it is its unpredictability. But it's the history that makes it great - and you can't buy history."

  231. 1308: 

    Brendan Rodgers also says recent results mean Liverpool can go to Old Trafford with nothing to fear.

    "We're in a really good moment having won seven out of our last nine games," he said. "It's no coincidence that we've had that run at a time when we've stopped playing Europa League games and only had one game a week.

    "When I first came here I said in order for us to succeed we needed to build a competitive squad. For us to compete the squad has to be stronger. What gives you consistency is the depth of your squad and that's something we need to try to improve going forward."


    Joey Barton has been revealing transfer news about his Marseille team-mate Loic Remy's expected move to his former club, Newcastle, on Twitter: "Good luck to Loic Remy in Newcastle. Don't worry I've told him what to expect. Great guy. Perfect club for him."

  233. 1304: 

    Brendan Rodgers is certainly not lacking in confidence going into today's match. He believes, on their day, Liverpool can beat anybody in the country.

    "If you look at one-off games, we were better than Manchester United at Anfield, even with 10 men," he said. "We should have beaten Man City, and we drew at Chelsea.

    "We are as good as any team in the league. But the difference between us and United is consistency and that bit of depth, not quality."

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Big test for Liverpool. Ran Man Utd very close & played well when they lost at Anfield - can they take that extra step at Old Trafford?"

  235. 1302: 
    LINE-UPS- Manchester United v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Kagawa, Welbeck, van Persie. Subs: Amos, Jones, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez.

    Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Downing, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Henderson, Sturridge, Carragher, Borini, Shelvey, Robinson.

    Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)


    Dominic O'Caollai on Twitter: "Ferdinand and Vidic at the back? Commence Liverpool fans rubbing hands together. Suarez will destroy them."

    James Geary on Twitter: "How can people doubt Ferdinand and Vidic starting? Stats for when they play together speak for themselves."

    Luke Davies on Twitter: "Liverpool win today, Rio and Vidic are nowhere near what they were 3 seasons ago and Suarez's pace will tear them up.

  237. 1259: 

    It's also interesting to see Danny Welbeck starts for United, just days after Reading manager Brian McDermott denied he was trying to sign the England striker on loan.

    "I can't see Sir Alex Ferguson sending Danny out to any club. I don't know where this has came from, it's got nothing to do with me," McDermott said. "Welbeck's a great player and I'm sure Sir Alex Ferguson thinks he's a great player too. Everyone in the country thinks that."

  238. 1257: 

    It appears Jonny Evans misses out on today's game because of a tight hamstring while goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is suffering with flu. He has been replaced by England under-21 international Ben Amos on the bench.

  239. 1254:  
    Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    "Manchester United reunite Rio Ferdinand and captain Nemanja Vidic at the centre of defence for the first time since September as Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to handle the threat of Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Danny Welbeck gets a place in attack with Robin van Persie.

    "Liverpool keep £12m striker Daniel Sturridge on the bench despite his goalscoring debut in the FA Cup against Mansfield Town. Italian striker Fabio Borini is back as a substitute after being out since October with a broken foot."

  240. 1253: 

    It looks like a few of you anticipate a difficult afternoon for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic against Luis Suarez. However, the England defender seems to relish such games - saying it is one of the highlights of his season.

    "I would say it is the fixture we look forward to first," said Ferdinand. "The rivalry runs deep. Liverpool have not been up there fighting for the championship but the fans and the players are well versed in what this means to us as a club.

    "I always enjoy playing against Liverpool, either at Anfield or Old Trafford. Hopefully this is another good, exciting and winning occasion for us."


    Dave Newton on Twitter: "I wonder what the odds are of Luis Suarez celebrating in front of Fergie if he scores. He might do what he did against Everton."

    Ben Jamin on Twitter: "I can see why Fergie wants the experience of Rio but Suarez is going to run rings around him."

    Hari Sri on Twitter: "Starting Rio and Vidic together is a real gamble. Hmmmm."

  242. 1249: 

    It will certainly take time for Brendan Rodgers to establish himself fully at Liverpool, and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes he may not be afforded such patience.

    "Patience is a real commodity in football and if Brendan's getting that then he's very lucky," said Ferguson. "It's terrific if Liverpool fans are prepared to be patient because it's going to require it because it's a long way back to where they used to be.

    "It is difficult to measure the Liverpool side of the moment against those teams of the past. They haven't won the league for more than 20 years. It's a long time for a club like Liverpool."

  243. 1246: 

    Brendan Rodgers would certainly win over some of the doubters if he signed Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, as is being reported in today's Sunday People. What a signing that would be - it would certainly be a sign of intent from the club's owners. With Stevie G back in form, that is a tasty-looking midfield.

  244. 1244: 

    Danny Welbeck starts alongside fellow forward Robin van Persie for Manchester United, with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at the back. It's the first time they have played together since September.

    Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck

    Statisticians Opta on Twitter: "7 - Manchester United have won seven of their last eight Premier League clashes with Liverpool at Old Trafford. Advantage."

  246. 1240: 

    What do Liverpool supporters think about Brendan Rodgers? Whatever your views, there is no doubt he has his own philosophy and that is starting to shine through on the pitch. Apart from a surprise 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa, they have looked fairly solid in this last six weeks and are starting to rise up the table. Whether they will rise enough to catch the attention of Fergie remains to be seen...


    Paul Gutteridge on Twitter: "Pre match superstitions? Quite the opposite... All I have to do is bet on an outcome to make sure it doesn't happen..."

  248. 1235: 

    Who is better then, Luis Suarez or Robin van Persie? They go head to head today and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is in no doubt who he would rather have in his team.

    "I can't comment on who is better, but I certainly wouldn't want to swap Luis Suarez," said Rodgers. "We're blessed to have someone like Luis who has carried the club for the first six months of this season by himself, in terms of being a lone striker.

    "Every single day he gives everything. I'm very blessed and privileged to work with such a top player. He hurts badly when we lose. He really cares and that's why people want to give him help and support. He brings that out of you as a manager."

    Pass me a bucket...

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Old Trafford on Twitter:

    "Apparently unlike Liverpool's league placing, Sir Alex Ferguson says 'no way a fixture between the Anfield club & Man Utd can creep under the radar'."

    Dion DublinDION DUBLIN Q & A

    Former England and Manchester United striker Dion Dublin has been talking to BBC Sport ahead of today's thrilling games.

    When asked whether his former club's clash with Liverpool would be decided by star strikes Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie he believed the Dutchman would play the greater role:

    "This match is about personal pride and getting the bragging rights. It will be won by the players who pull their socks up and are prepared to fight hard and run the furthest on that field. This match will be pure heart and desire. There are quality players on both sides but I feel Robin van Persie can make the difference. He will score from an Antonio Valencia cross."

  251. 1230: 

    Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard start for Liverpool, with new signing Daniel Sturridge on the bench.

  252. 1229: 

    I do wonder if the constant criticism ever gets to Luis Suarez? It's difficult to tell whether it affects him, or whether he has adopted a siege mentality. Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli knows the player well, and he told BBC Sport that it could end up driving him away.

    "It'll be an absolute shame for English football if this victimisation drives him away," Comolli said. "As the biggest league in the world you want to keep the biggest players, not drive them away for crazy reasons."


    Liverpool FC on Twitter: "'[Hillsborough charity single] He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is the first song to be played at Old Trafford this afternoon."

  254. 1224: 

    BBC Sport did manage to find one man supportive of Luis Suarez this week, in the shape of former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler. "Suarez is a condemned man before he even steps on the pitch," he said. "As much as he is getting stick from everyone else, I think it's driving him on and making him a better player. He wants to prove a lot to people wrong and show how good he is."


    Joe Fletcher on Twitter: "I HAVE to wear my united shirt for them to win, whenever I don't they never win. It's certainly on today!"

    Ronald D Souza on Twitter: "My pre-match superstition is having a pack of potato chips while Arsenal play. Can't be hungry you see!"

  256. 1219: 

    Sir Alex has not been shy in offering his opinions on Liverpool this week. He said Luis Suarez was "laden with controversy" following another week in which the Uruguayan striker was criticised, this time for using his hand when scoring against Mansfield in last weekend's FA Cup match. "I don't know whether he enjoys [being controversial], but it is something we hope we don't suffer from ourselves," said Ferguson.

    Luis Suarez
    Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Old TraffordManchester United v Liverpool (1330 GMT)

    "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims he does not even know Liverpool's current Premier League place - for his information they are currently eighth and 21 points behind the leaders. This will not stop Liverpool feeling they can do some damage here at Old Trafford today. United concede goals and Luis Suarez scores them - Liverpool's problem will be containing Robin van Persie."

  258. 1215: 

    Daniel Sturridge might believe that, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson cheekily put down the Merseysiders this week when he said he doesn't even know where Liverpool are in the table these days. "'I look at that mob that's behind us, don't worry," he said, referring to Manchester City. "I look at my immediate opponents all the time. I look at their programme, who they've got next, who we've got next. I do that all the time."

  259. 1212: 

    So, is Liverpool against Manchester United the biggest game in club football? Who is the biggest club in English football? New Liverpool signing Daniel Sturridge reopened the age-old debate this week when he said: "In the Premier League, there is no bigger club than Liverpool." Then, after throwing in that little hand grenade, he stepped away to get ready for today's match.


    Husein Rajabali on Twitter: "TV booked from 1230 till 1530. Cold cokes in the fridge. Half time munch sorted. Liverpool shirt donned. Let's do this."

  261. 1209:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live are at both of the huge Premier League games today. From 1330 GMT, John Murray and ex-Wales midfielder Robbie Savage will be bringing you updates from Old Trafford as old enemies Manchester United and Liverpool lock horns.

    The action then switches to the Emirates at 1600 as Arsenal host defending champions Manchester City. Mike Ingham, Ian Dennis and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown will bring you commentary of this potentially crucial clash.

  262. 1207: 

    It's not just football supporters who have superstitions, football managers have them too. Apparently, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini starts his team meetings at uneven times (eg 12:59) and believes the colour purple to be unlucky. It certainly is for Villa at the moment.

    So let's start today by getting you to send in your strange pre-match superstitions via Twitter (#bbcfootball) or by text on 81111. You can also send in pre-match predictions and anything else that you want to get off your chest.

  263. 1205: 

    Welcome to Super Sunday everyone. Whether your are superstitious or not, I'm sure you are feeling a bit nervous on this massive afternoon of Premier League football. For starters, we've got Manchester United against Liverpool from Old Trafford.

    Then, we'll be bringing you Arsenal against Manchester City. This could be a critical afternoon in the title race - United could be 10 points clear by 6pm. Or their lead might have been cut to four points. Massive.

  264. 1200: 

    For Manchester United and Liverpool fans, this is the one time the pre-game superstitions are followed to the letter. Get an early night, dig out the lucky socks, dust down your favourite replica shirt and eat the bacon before the eggs.

    You meet up in the same pub you visited last time your team won this fixture and order the same drink - except it's 50p dearer this year. You set off for the ground as usual, following the same, trusted route. Then you take your seat and wait. Wait for heroes to step forward and wait for villains to emerge. This is the one. You've done your bit, now it's over to the players.

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