Saturday 12 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
A powerful first-half strike from David Beckham was enough for Manchester United to overcome rivals Liverpool by the only goal as the two title-chasing sides fought out a tight encounter at Old Trafford.
Going in to the match, Liverpool were top of the table and unbeaten, after dropping four points in their opening eight matches. But United, who had drawn half of their previous eight matches, moved to within a point of their rivals as Beckham settled proceedings.
The visitors, without striker Robbie Fowler, had the upper hand in the match for long periods but could not reply to the goal from the future England captain, who, just under two months after scoring from inside his own half against Wimbledon, drilled a sweetly struck shot off the inside of a post from a knockdown by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Liverpool pressed for an equaliser after half-time and Steve McManaman, Patrik Berger and Stan Collymoreall had opportunities to level the match, but Alex Ferguson's charges registered an important victory.
Despite the victory United lost their next three matches, including a 5-0 defeat by Newcastle United and a 6-3 reverse at Southampton. But a 16-match unbeaten run followed and United went on to secure their fourth Barclays Premier League title out of the first five seasons of the competition.
Thanks to a strong run during the festive period, Liverpool continued to lead the table until mid-January, but ended up finishing fourth, seven points behind the champions.