Manchester United finally looks threatening, and off a corner kick in the 57th minute, they generated their best chance of the match, A Ryan Giggs corner from the right of goal went long for Wayne Rooney, who played it to Javier Hernández at the right post. Chicharito headed back across the six for Dimitar Berbatov, who headed onto goal at the far post. Raul Meireles, one of Liverpool's two best players on the day, was there to take the ball into his abdomen and clear it, denying United their opener.
Two minutes later, United had another great chances when Soritis Kyrgiakos was adjudicated to have taken down Dimitar Berbatov in the arc. But for a direct kick to close to goal, there was never any down. The spot was too close, and although Gigga's left foot can be surgical, he was again two yards high with his shot.
In the 63rd minute, Liverpool reminded Manchester United that they still intended to be dangerous of the match's final half hour, putting a man behind a high United line, forcing Edwin van der Sar into an outstretched save with his left palm. Patrice Evra cleared the ball, United resumed possession, but we were reminded: Liverpool may be just as good for the next goal as Manchester United.