Manchester United Vs. Liverpool, 2012 Premier League: Wayne Rooney Brace Kicks Off 2nd Half

We've finally got our breakthrough at Old Trafford, and Manchester United now lead Liverpool 1-0. The hosts have been on the front foot since the second half kicked off, and a simple set piece proved Liverpool's undoing, with Michael Carrick flicking Ryan Gigg's delivery onwards and Wayne Rooney escaping the attention of Glen Johnson to volley home from very close range. That's Rooney's 20th goal in all competitions this season, a nice little milestone.

And then there's 21 a few minutes later after an awful giveaway by Jay Spearing. The young midfielder presents Antonio Valencia with possession just outside the Liverpool box, and he feeds Rooney to nutmeg an irate Pepe Reina. That makes it 2-0, and this game is well and truly over (discounting the inevitable sending off, which we all know will happen at some point).

Oh, and there was apparently some fighting in the tunnel at halftime. What fun.

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