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1 Vidic slumps as Liverpool soar on Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:07 am

On a day when Liverpool badly needed a win Nemanja Vidic endured a miserable afternoon, as Rafa Benitez's side came away from Old Trafford with a stunning 4-1 victory over Manchester United that reignites the title race.

An enthralling contest in Manchester saw Vidic badly at fault as he conceded a penalty in the first half and was sent-off in the second.

Inevitably it was Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard at the hub of a victory that reduces United's lead at the Premier League summit to four points, albeit with a game in hand, and will give Liverpool belief - if not conviction - that a 19-year wait for the title could be sated this season.

A Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after 21 minutes had United supporters revelling in their rivals' misery but it was a lead that lasted just six minutes as Fernando Torres capitalised on a rare Vidic error to equalise.

Gerrard picked himself up from the ground to dispatch a penalty after he was fouled by Patrice Evra to give his side the lead going into half-time, before Vidic saw red for a professional foul on Liverpool's skipper after the break.

From the resulting free-kick, with 15 minutes left on the clock, Fabio Aurelio bent a sumptuous effort past a crestfallen Edwin van der Sar.

United's woes were exacerbated in the final minute when Liverpool substitute Andrea Dossena lobbed a sublimely taken fourth over van der Sar.

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