Wenger: 4-1 flattered Liverpool

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has poured cold water on Liverpool’s astonishing 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford, saying the scoreline flattered Rafael Benitez's men.

Goals from Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio and Andrea Dossena inflicted the biggest home defeat on the current English, European and World champions' since a 4-1 loss to QPR at the Theatre of Dreams in 1992, cutting their Premier League lead down to four points.

However, the Frenchman still believes Sir Alex Ferguson's side - who have a game in hand over their nearest challengers - will still lift their 18th league crown at the end of the season, saying the margin of Liverpool's victory was not a fair reflection on the overall game.

“There are two things I would like to say about that game,” he told the club's official website.

“Firstly, congratulations to Liverpool for winning with an emphatic score, but I think overall it is a very flattering result.

"For big spells in the game Manchester United dominated but they made mistakes on the day that usually they don’t make. Some players looked a bit mentally tired.

“It opens up the race for the title but I still believe that Manchester United are in a strong position with that game in hand. However they have played many matches since Christmas and it looked to have caught up with them on Saturday.”

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