Mata helps Man United top Liverpool; Gerrard sent off in under a minute
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Steven Gerrard was sent off less than a minute after coming on as Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 Sunday in the Premier League with two goals from Juan Mata.
The 34-year-old Gerrard got a straight red card for stamping on Ander Herrera after replacing Adam Lallana at the start of the second half.
Mata scored in the 14th minute at Anfield before doubling the lead with a spectacular scissor-kick in the 59th after an assist from Angel de Maria.
Daniel Sturridge got one back for Liverpool in the 69th before Wayne Rooney's penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the final minutes.
Soccer great Pele was among those watching what is traditionally the biggest match in English football.
Fourth-place United moved five points clear of fifth-place Liverpool.