Mata at the double as Man United beat Liverpool 2-1

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 22, 2015) (ACTION IMAGES) – Juan Mata struck twice, including a sublime volley, for Manchester United in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool who had Steven Gerrard sent off for a stamp at Anfield on Sunday (March 22).

Mata’s neat finish put United ahead on 14 minutes before Liverpool halftime substitute Gerrard was sent off less than a minute into the second period for stamping on Ander Herrera.

Former Brazilian international Pele was watching in the stands and even he would have been proud of Mata’s stunning left-foot volley that put United 2-0 up before Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back for Liverpool. Wayne Rooney missed the chance to add a third for United when Simon Mignolet saved his injury-time penalty.

Fourth-placed United have 59 points from 30 matches, five more than Liverpool in fifth. Leaders Chelsea will seek to regain their six-point advantage over Manchester City with victory over Hull City later on Sunday, while struggling Queens Park Rangers host Everton.