United fans fly banner mocking Steven Gerrard over Aviva during Rovers friendly
Published 14/05/2014 | 18:58
Manchester United fans who have endured a difficult season have flown a plane over the Aviva Stadium during Liverpool's friendly with Shamrock Rovers with the message: "Giggs 13 Gerrard 0 MUFC 20 times"
The banner was making fun of the fact that Ryan Giggs has 13 titles whereas Gerrard has yet to win one while and United have 20 English titles compared to Liverpool's 18 titles.
Having lost to rivals Liverpool earlier in the season, United fans shelled out for a banner to be flown over Anfield reading “United 20 Gerrard 0” on Sunday, making light of the fact that the Liverpool captain fell short in his quest to land a maiden Premier League trophy(see image below).
It is not the first time the banner idea has been utilised by some United fans, as the coughed up over £800 earlier in the season to parade “Wrong One – Moyes out” above Old Trafford at the start of the 4-1 victory over Aston Villa. Less than a month later, Moyes was sacked.
A Liverpool side made up mainly of fringe players rounded off their season with a 4-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers in a friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
None of the Reds' World Cup contingent were involved in the game and while Daniel Agger, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Skrtel travelled with the squad but were not involved.
Of those named in the starting line-up only midfielder Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen had played a significant number of games for the first team this season, although Fabio Borini returned from a season-long loan spell at Sunderland to continue his good form with a goal.
Forward Iago Aspas, whose future at Anfield remains in doubt after an uninspiring debut campaign, opened the scoring after just eight minutes with a smart left-foot finish.
Brendan Rodgers' young side dominated the remainder of the half but the Hoops came closest to scoring when Ryan Brennan's header hit the post, trickled along the goalline and somehow stayed out.
Less than two minutes into the second half Borini netted an impressive curling effort, with defender Martin Kelly capitalising on a deflection to add the third and under-21s striker Jack Dunn rounding off the scoring with six minutes to go.
Rovers' best chance in the second half fell to Eamon Zayed in injury time but he could only fire straight at Brad Jones when one-on-one with the keeper.