Manchester United Sits Atop Premier League After 2-1 Victory Over Liverpool

MANCHESTER, England — Park Ji-sung headed Manchester United back to the Premier League summit by clinching a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday in an ill-tempered clash between the northwest rivals.

While Park’s 60th-minute goal restored United’s two-point lead over Arsenal, Liverpool remains four points adrift of the final Champions League place.

Fernando Torres headed Liverpool in front after five minutes, but United quickly drew level following a contentiously awarded penalty.

Referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot despite Javier Mascherano‘s foul on Antonio Valencia starting outside the area.

Wayne Rooney‘s penalty was saved by Pepe Reina, but the England striker ended a 962-minute goal drought against Liverpool by burying the rebound.

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