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Man U beats Liverpool 2-0, returns to top of Premiership

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 11:50 IST

Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have helped put Manchester United back in first place in the English Premier League after a 2-0 victory over Liverpool.

Scholes, making his 500th appearance for United, scored in the 39th minute and Ferdinand added the second in the 66th as United reclaimed first place above defending champion Chelsea.

Both teams have 22 points but United leads on goal difference. The Blues beat Portsmouth 2-1 on Saturday.

"After losing to Arsenal we couldn't afford to lose a big one again," said United manager Alex Ferguson, whose team finished eight points behind Chelsea last year. "So the players responded to that and I thought this was an excellent performance."

The loss leaves Liverpool in 11th place - 11 points behind the leaders - with only one point from five games on the road.

"When you are at the top or the table or the bottom or in the middle it's the same - you have to think about the next three points," said Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, whose club holds a record 18 league titles but has not won the championship since 1990.

"The only time you can improve is the next game."

Bolton stayed in third place - two points behind the leaders - with a 1-0 victory at Blackburn. Ivan Campo scored in the 62nd minute at Ewood Park, but Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskenlainen saved two penalties in two minutes late in the game from Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts.

Bolton's Kevin Nolan was sent off after disputing the second spot kick.