Previous
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
2
2
FT
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool
0
0
FT
Game Details
Espanyol
Barcelona
0
2
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Aston Villa
3
2
FT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Lille
6
1
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Elche
3
0
FT
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Hertha Berlin
1
0
FT
Game Details
Internazionale
AS Roma
2
1
FT
Game Details
Columbus Crew
Philadelphia Union
4
1
FT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Real Salt Lake
4
0
FT
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City
4
4
FT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
DC United
1
1
LIVE 30'
Game Details
Next

Arsenal can lay down a marker

Arsenal
Read

Benitez: Liverpool must win at Old Trafford

Rafa Benitez has conceded that Liverpool must win at Manchester United to claim the Premier League title.

The Reds' title challenge suffered another set-back on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City at Anfield. They now lie seven points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson's champions, but they still have to play at Old Trafford.

And Benitez admits that nothing less than victory against their biggest rivals will do, otherwise their dreams of a first title since 1990 will be gone.

"I think we will have to beat Manchester United now," said Benitez, whose side are due at United on March 14. "Clearly it is more difficult now. It is a bad result. We have to beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland and start thinking about if we can win at Old Trafford.

"You never know what can happen but clearly they can win games and win games without playing well.

"I have confidence that we can beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland and then it will be a different situation. There are still 12 games to go, you can't say anything is finished."

And City boss Mark Hughes summed up the situation, saying: ''Manchester United will have to slip up now, and they do not do that very often.

''There are still a lot of games to go, but it is very much in their hands and they will have to lose three games now. You cannot see them doing that.''

Hughes' side did his former employers a massive favour after Craig Bellamy's deflected shot put City ahead, only a late Dirk Kuyt strike preserving Liverpool's 14-month unbeaten home league record.

''That was an excellent performance and we were good value for the point and probably deserved more,'' Hughes added. ''We were playing a side going for the title, and after we had been involved in a tiring UEFA Cup game in Denmark on Thursday.

''But we put in an excellent performance, we were strong and resilient and we deserved the result.''

Hughes also praised Bellamy, whose shot from the edge of the box secured the lead in the second period.

He said: ''It is always the case a club's ex-players want to do well against them. Craig is a proud man and maybe he feels he did not get a fair crack of the whip when he was at Liverpool. He has played extremely well since he joined us.''

A despondent Benitez refused to be drawn on his contract negotiations, which again cast a shadow over Anfield and would only say: ''I have not said anything about this in a press conference, and we must now concentrate on football.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.