ESPN – Steven Gerrard and his idiocy wreck Liverpool hopes against United

Liverpool were reduced to 10 men following Steven Gerrard's rash challenge on Ander Herrera in their 2-1 defeat, while Chelsea proved victorious over Hull City 3-2. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Daniel Sturridge (69') Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United Mario Balotelli was held back by Liverpool fans after an altercation with Chris Smalling. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gives Ryan Giggs a couple of slaps to the face in celebration of Juan Mata's goal, but the former United mainstay doesn't look too amused. It was a day to forget for Liverpool as skipper Steven Gerrard was sent off in a hugely disappointing 2-1 loss to archrivals Manchester United. Liverpool's first-half performance was abject and they deservedly trailed at the break to Juan Mata's well-taken goal at the Kop end. United dominated possession and Liverpool were unable to play their normal passing game, prompting Brendan Rodgers to once again change the shape of his side at halftime. His tactical switch had paid off Monday night against…