CET Juan Mata stole the show as Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 to improve their chances of returning to the Champions League next season. 22/03/2015 Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back to set up a frantic final, while Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in stoppage time after Emre Can had fouled Daley Blind. Upd. at 18:14 Peter Martin In between Mata’s two goals, Steven Gerrard was sent off less than a minute after coming on as a substitute. United are now five points clear of Liverpool in fourth place and just two points behind second placed Manchester City. The Spanish international controlled an Ander Herrera pass to open the scoring in the first half and added a second with a fantastic scissor kick after the bereak. For Brendan Rodgers’ side, it was their first Premier League defeat since they lost to United at Old Trafford in December.