Liverpool started Sunday 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and with the daunting task of having to search for points away at Old Trafford.
Manchester United on the other hand were back in the top three and celebrating their fifth straight win.
Liverpool started the strongest, hoping to exploit United’s famously weak back line despite not fielding a recognised forward.
Raheem Sterling came close instead forcing a save from David De Gea, but seeing the opportunity to counterattack United charged towards Liverpool’s box and Wayne Rooney put one past the normally bench warming Brad Jones.
More sloppy defending allowed Juan Mata to double United’s lead by half-time.
The introduction of Mario Balotelli did little to raise hopes and United scored once more to wrap the game up 3-0.
With almost half the season played Liverpool end the weekend down in 10th.
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