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Rooney spells double trouble for old rivals

sports Updated: Feb 12, 2012 01:49 IST

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Wayne Rooneys double helped Manchester United down Liverpool 2-1 here Saturday as the ill-feeling remaining from the Luis Suarez racism controversy escalated.

Suarez scored an 80th minute consolation for Liverpool to ensure an anxious finale for United but the game will be remembered for other reasons involving the Uruguay international.

Players from both sides had to be separated in the tunnel at half-time by police and stewards as Patrice Evra confronted Suarez, starting a game for the first time since serving an eight-match FA suspension handed out for making racist comments to the United defender.

There were also ugly scenes on the final whistle as Evra celebrated with United supporters and infuriated Liverpool players with his gestures.

Again, stewards, police and match officials were involved in keeping rival players apart.

Fresh Row

Suarez had refused to shake Evras hand before the game and the animosity between the pair further incited what has long been one of the most bitter rivalries in British football.

A furious Alex Ferguson said after the game, “He’s a disgrace to Liverpool and certain players should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that the club’s got and he does that — a situation like today could have caused a riot. It was terrible what he did."

However chaotic the scenes at half-time, United clearly responded superbly after the restart, Rooney scoring twice in the opening five minutes of the second half.

After just over a minute of the period, Ryan Giggs right-wing corner was helped on by Liverpools Jordan Henderson and Rooney was unmarked to volley the ball home from half a dozen yards.

Then, three minutes later, Jay Spearing was caught in possession by Antonio Valencia who advanced purposefully before sliding the ball through for Rooney to finish clinically from 12 yards.

Henry grabs winner as Arsenal win 2-1

Sunderland: Substitute Thierry Henry grabbed an injury-time winner as Arsenal snatched a 2-1 victory at Sunderland on Saturday to move above Chelsea into fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday.

The former France striker volleyed home a cross from Andrei Arshavin in the first minute of stoppage time to complete Arsenal’s comeback after James McClean gave Sunderland the lead in the 70th minute.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench in the 72nd to equalize three minutes later before Henry scored his third goal since joining Arsenal on loan last month. Arsenal is level on points with Chelsea, which lost 2-0 at Everton on Saturday. Both teams have the same goal difference.