Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 match report: Robin van Persie scores winner

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2: Van Persie spot on as visitors take advantage of Shelvey's red card

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14:35 GMT, 23 September 2012

Robin van Persie sealed Manchester United's fightback with an 81st minute penalty in a lively clash at Anfield.

On an emotional day on Merseyside, both sides served up a full-bloodied affair that was gripping from start to finish.

Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals

Spot on: Van Persie converts a late penalty to give United the victory over their fierce rivals

Dutch of class: The 24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick

Dutch of class: The 24million summer signing wheels away in celebration after his late spot-kick

Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in the first half for a rough challenge on Jonny Evans, although Steven Gerrard fired the 10 men in front shortly after the break.

However, the lead did not last long as Rafael levelled with a superb strike before Van Persie's grabbed the points for United.

Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors

Good lad: Rafael shows his pleasure at equalising for the visitors

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Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Seeing red: Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey was sent off for his foul on Jonny Evans

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Red mist: Jonny Evans is flattened as Shelvey protests his innocence to ref Mark Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

Squaring up: Shelvey gives Rio Ferdinand his thoughts as the players surround Halsey

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

You said what Sir Alex Ferguson exchanges words with Jonjo Shelvey

Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box

Opener: Steven Gerrard fired home after being left unmarked in the box

Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal

Kop that: Gerrard kissed the badge as he wheeled away to celebrate his goal

That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims

That's for you: Gerrard pointed to the heavens on the day they remembered the Hillsborough victims

Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval

Jumping for joy: Liverpool fans savour Gerrard's goal after the first-half interval

Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Stunning: Manchester United's Rafael guides the ball past Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina

Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie

Leveller: Rafael celebrates his goal with team-mate Robin van Persie