We’ve finally got one – welcome to a real-life Premier League title race | Barney Ronay
Liverpool’s demolition of Manchester United on Sunday to get back ahead of City at the top underlined the closeness of the competition as the two pull further clear
There was something telling about the roar around Anfield at the end of Sunday’s expertly enacted strangulation of Manchester United. As the referee blew his whistle the players caught their breath or wandered across to shake hands. The noise from the stands was warm and sustained – but also unintentionally damning.
Liverpool had just played Manchester United off the park, all the way down Anfield Road, past Knotty Ash and back on to the M62. But this wasn’t a moment of triumphalism, or of glorying in the moment. It was applause with half an eye on something else, already looking towards the door, pleasure in another staging point ticked off.