Van Persie beats Suarez in battle of the strikers
Robin Van Persie scored the opener as Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. The game had been billed as the ‘battle of the strikers’ as in-form Luis Suarez went up against flying Dutchman Robin Van Persie.
Van Persie broke the deadlock in the first half with a fine first-time finish. United dominated the opening exchanges as Liverpool seemed to have no answer to their slick inter-passing play. Vidic added a second, the ball ricocheting off his head after a great leap and header by Frenchman Patrice Evra.
The introduction of new signing Daniel Sturridge sparked Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back after De Gea’s fine save from Gerrard’s stinging drive fell into his path. Sturridge could have equalised on at least two occasions as Liverpool turned the pressure on late, but United held on to maintain their 7 point lead at the summit of the Premier League. Manchester City and Chelsea kept the pressure on with wins over Arsenal and Stoke respectively.
Kessler to rematch Froch
Great Dane Mikkel Kessler looks set to hand Carl Froch his much desired rematch. Kessler narrowly beat Froch on points back in 2010 in an extremely exciting fight. Brit Froch thought he had done enough to win, and was bitterly disappointed when Kessler was announced the winner. The fight is likely to take place at the O2 Arena around May, with a £4 million purse being share by the two World Class fighters. The winner would set up a potential rematch with unbeaten American Andre Ward.
Mcllroy set to be the highest earner in sport
Irish wonder boy Rory Mcllroy is set to become one of the World’s highest earning sport stars by signing a £150 million 10 year deal with US sports giants Nike. The young golfer is set to take over from Tiger Woods as the ‘face of golf’ as Nike aim to become the biggest name in golf. Mcllroy’s success on the fairways combined with his squeaky clean image and tennis star girlfriend have led to Nike making their record breaking offer. I wonder how good Rory is at pitching wedge keepy-ups??