It is finally over... the agonizing wait to see Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra go head-to-head for the first time since that now legendary bust-up in October last year.
The result... Sir Alex Ferguson's men comfortably disposed of Kenny Dalglish's charges.
The Suarez-Evra feud... simply will not go away.
The match score... Manchester United 2 - Liverpool 1.
The fiery Uruguayan, in a rather unnecessary act of petulance, refused to shake hands with Evra before the start of the match. On his part, Evra then made things worse by appearing to make a big deal out of it, requiring referee Phil Dowd to step in and calm the Frenchman down. Evra then made things even worse, when he had a bit of an argy-bargy with Suarez as the two went in to half time.
The second half had a bit more football in it... although most of that was from the home side. The Old Trafford faithful, buoyed by their team's performance against Chelsea in the last league game (where the Red Devils came back from 0-3 down to draw the game), were in fine voice. Also, whatever tonic Sir Alex fed his men at half time worked wonders with the defending champions roaring into a two goal lead inside the opening 5-odd minutes... courtesy a double by a certain Wayne Rooney. Did anyone say he has had trouble hitting the back of the net recently?!
The full-time whistle, as you might expect, brought with it another little fracas. Evra, showing the same lack of judgment Suarez did at the start of the game, would insist on celebrating the win in front of the Liverpool striker (who scored his side's consolation in the 81st minute). Fortunately for everyone concerned, Suarez managed to keep his cool and apart from a glare and a shove walked straight past and into the tunnel. Evra, on the other hand, stuck around, egging the supporters on before being escorted into the tunnel by Dowd and other match officials.
Onto the football though... Check out the video here...