Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard certainly left his mark on his final ever game against Manchester United but not in the way most fans had expected.
Prior to the clash, Man United fans were worried about Gerrard’s habit of scoring against the team down the years.
A good first half performance meant United went in at the break with a 1-0 lead but fans were pessimistic when Gerrard was brought on for Adam Lallana at half-time:
Hope we get one more goal before Gerrard gets his customary setpiece goal.
— Brown Sheasy (@FletcherLad) March 22, 2015
Watch Gerrard come on & score 2 FKs and a penalty
— Nat Pillay (@Nat15_3) March 22, 2015
However, their pessimism turned to joy within minutes when the Liverpool captain was sent off just 38 seconds into the second half for a stamp on Ander Herrera.
Gerrard originally went in hard on Juan Mata with a crunching tackle to get the Liverpool crowd going before turning his attention to Herrera.
The midfielder accepted blame for the red card after the match but it didn’t stop United supporters gleefully enjoying the moment:
Steven Gerrard.. Worlds worst impact sub.
— Manchester United (@ManUnitedWorld) March 22, 2015
Comes on for 42 seconds and gets sent off. Gerrard ha
— James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) March 22, 2015
lol remember when Gerrard got sent off? Dead good that was.
— Daniel Stapleton (@danstapleton89) March 22, 2015
Gerrard is absolutely broken. Well done Louis and United.
— imo (@RedIronPriest) March 22, 2015
That is an utterly epic win. Epic. Season defining. Epic. Gerrard. Epic. Epic.
— Richard Cann (@RichardCann76) March 22, 2015
The decision allowed United more space on the ball and Louis van Gaal‘s side soon went 2-0 up thanks to another goal from the mercurial Mata.
A late goal from Daniel Sturridge did make things tense towards the end of the match but Gerrard had already damaged his sides chances and United eventually secured a crucial three points.