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Thursday 24th September 1998

FA Carling Premiership

Man United (1) 2      Liverpool (0) 0
Irwin 19 (pen)
Scholes 80

Liverpool`s Old Trafford jinx continued as they still looked for their fisrt
win at the stadium since March 1990 and have never won in the Premiership at
the ground.
The first half was a bit of an oddity with both sides having a prolonged spell
of possesion for twenty minutes or so. United began far and away the better
side but took time to create any chances it was only when Friedel let a weak
Solskjaer shot squirm under him and dribbled over for a corner that the
American keeper had a goal bound effort to stop, however he had fluffed a
couple of clearances and from the Beckham corner his punch went up rather than
away which resulted in Jason McAteer handling under pressure from Scholes, the
ref with help from his assistant awarded a penalty, easily converted by Dennis
Irwin. It was then Liverpool`s turn to have the ball again creating little
though, a free kick from Redknapp was pawed around the post by Schmeichal and
late on a shot by Ince who had been roundly booed by the home fans all game,
was deflected and the Dane did well to keep it out. Few chances but high tempo
and occasionally fiery as referee Steve Lodge booked six players in the first
half. After the interval it was almost incessant Liverpool pressure and the
half chances that were being created were invariably falling to Berger who did
his best to half hit the shot or screw it horribly wide. His best effort
midway through the half was fumbled by Schmeichal and the rebound put in by
Riedel although it was correctly ruled out for offside. United had breaks and
looked as though they may cause problems and eventually did from a Liverpool
corner!!! The ball was swung in and the clearance found Yorke, whose long pass
found Cole, he held play up well and when the cross came in it was lashed into
the top corner by Paul Scholes who earlier became the eighth player booked.
Scholes and Cole could and perhaps should have added a third late on but a
fine second half defensive performance was what ultimately won this for
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