Leader Manchester United, beaten 2-1 by Chelsea Tuesday, lost again Sunday in the English Premier League as Liverpool rolled to a 3-1 home victory at Anfield on a hat trick by Dutch international
He scored his first two goals five minutes apart late in the first half and added another before Javier Hernandez netted in stoppage time for United, which sits atop the standings just three points ahead of Arsenal and has played one more game. Upset by officiating decisions by referee Phil Dowd that he believed had wronged his team, United manager Alex Ferguson imposed a media blackout after the match. Chief executive David Gill berated head of referees Mike Riley, who was in attendance.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said, "The players deserve fantastic credit for how they went about their jobs. The referee had an easy game to manage apart from a couple of incidents. The quality of the football was the most important thing for me and the attention should be on that."