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90' + 6'
M. Darmian
A. Sánchez
89'
A. Valencia
Yellow Card
89'
J. Lingard
Mata
84'
D. Solanke
A. Robertson
80'
G. Wijnaldum
T. Alexander-Arnold
70'
M. Fellaini
M. Rashford
66'
E. Bailly
Own Goal
62'
A. Lallana
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
35'
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Yellow Card
27'
M. Rashford
Yellow Card
24'
M. Rashford
Goal
14'
R. Lukaku
Assist
14'
M. Rashford
Goal
3
2
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
1
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 2
Total Passes 283 584

Commentary

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Marcus Rashford's first-half brace sees Manchester United take a stranglehold on second place in the Premier League, five points up Liverpool. The threat of a second-half comeback loomed large when Eric Bailly's own goal cut the Reds' deficit in half, but the visitors would be unable to find a second despite pouring the pressure on for the majority of the final 45 minutes.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-1 LIVERPOOL.
M. Darmian
A. Sánchez
Manchester United
90' + 6' A very late change here as Matteo Darmian replaces Sanchez.
90' + 6' LIFTED OVER! That might do it! Another Liverpool corner bounces around in the penalty area before coming to Salah, but he blasts over from 10 yards! That was an awkward height for him, and that may well have been their last chance...
90' + 4' END-TO-END ACTION! United break threateningly through Sanchez, with nearly everyone forward for Liverpool, but Karius runs 40 yards off his line to slide in with a beautifully timed challenge, and he starts Liverpool back the other way, which quickly results in a corner for them.
90' + 2' That's better from Lovren! He's had a horrid match, but he slides in with the perfect challenge there to clear the threat as Lukaku was sprinting forward and appeared to have the centre-half beaten for pace. Time running out for Liverpool...
90' The board goes up to indicate a minimum of six added minutes, which is met by a loud groan from the Manchester United supporters.
A. Valencia
Yellow Card
Manchester United
89' Valencia's boot was high there, and his timing was off as he cynically takes out Mane to stop a threatening break. That will see him into the book.
J. Lingard
Mata
Manchester United
89' A second United substitution sees Jesse Lingard replace Juan Mata.
86' Another excellent attacking position for Liverpool is wasted as referee Craig Pawson brings play to a halt with Smalling down in the penalty area. It's not a head injury, nor is it anything really bad suffered by the centre-half, which brings to question why the game needs to be stopped here. Liverpool have every right to be upset.
D. Solanke
A. Robertson
Liverpool
84' The final Liverpool substitution of the match sees Andy Robertson make way for Dominic Solanke. That's both Reds full-backs that have been withdrawn now.
82' No penalty! That's probably the right decision from referee Craig Pawson, as Mane goes to ground after trying to get on the end of his one-two with Firmino. Fellaini was the culprit in the coming together, but if Young's challenge on Salah and Valencia's handball earlier weren't penalties, then this definitely isn't.
G. Wijnaldum
T. Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool
80' Georginio Wijnaldum is finally brought on, and it's Trent Alexander-Arnold who is the one replaced.
78' Klopp is absolutely berating Lovren for a pair of needless and mistimed challenges on Fellaini. That is very poor from the centre-half, who awards United a cheap free-kick in an advanced position, completely negating the momentum Liverpool had been building.
76' Corner for Liverpool, the Reds' ninth of the match, as Lallana sees a cross deflected behind following some clever link-up play with Robertson down the left. It looks like Klopp has another substitution he'd like to make shortly, as Georginio Wijnaldum is stripping down to his uniform, appearing set to come on.
74' One-way traffic here as Liverpool continue to assert themselves in attack, with United dropping very deep in defence. The hosts are just welcoming the pressure as a result, as it's shaping up to be a very nervy finish at Old Trafford.
72' STAT: The last three league meetings between the sides have ended level; they’ve never drawn four consecutively against each other in league competition, last doing three in a row in February 1921.
M. Fellaini
M. Rashford
Manchester United
70' A deafening applause from these Old Trafford supporters as Jose Mourinho makes his first change of the day, which sees Marcus Rashford, scorer of both United goals, replaced by Marouane Fellaini.
68' It's gone from bad to worse for Bailly, who is now down and in some pain as he requires some attention from the training staff. That's a real worry as he's only just returned from injury. It looks as though he will try and carry on here, but that's certainly something to keep an eye on.
E. Bailly
Own Goal
Manchester United
66' A GIFT FROM BAILLY AND IT'S GAME ON NOW! How has the centre-half managed that?! Mane drives a low cross in towards the near post which proves at an awkward height for Bailly, who produces a stunning back-heel finish that beats De Gea at the near post! Too bad it's come at the wrong end. It really is a gift for Liverpool, who are right back in this now.
64' As improved as Liverpool have been in this second half, they need to offer much more in attack if they are to salvage something here. Despite all their possession since the restart, they still haven't managed a shot on target, as this United defence continues to answer every question being asked of them.
A. Lallana
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Liverpool
62' Jurgen Klopp makes the first change of the match as Adam Lallana comes on to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain.
60' Liverpool quickly win the ball back and park themselves in the final third, but United have been incredibly stingy in defence and they're continuing to offer nothing to the Liverpool attack here. Excellent tracking from Rashford sees him block an Alexander-Arnold cross, before an errant Can header relieves the pressure on De Gea's goal.
58' An important response from United as they see away with the Liverpool threat and enjoy some possession of their own. They were dropping very deep there as Liverpool packed bodies forward since the restart, but this spell on the ball is offering some necessary respite for their defence.
56' STAT: No side has scored more away league goals in the big five European leagues this season than Liverpool (34, level with Lyon).
54' APPEALS FOR HANDBALL! Lovely, patient build-up play from Liverpool keeps the hosts on their heels. Robertson is played through on the left and his cross smacks into the trailing arm of Valencia. Liverpool players fervently appeal for a penalty, and they certainly have a case, but it's not given!
52' Liverpool with concentrated pressure here, but play is brought to a halt by the referee with McTominay down in the penalty area after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Lovren. Play restarts as United thump the ball clear to give Liverpool possession back, but the Reds will have to be disappointed as they lose out on a great attacking position there.
50' This is much better from Liverpool. Firmino clips a delicious ball over the top for Salah, who shows good determination to try and bring it down and force his way in on goal. Young was draped all over his back there, and you have to think if he had gone to ground that very likely would have resulted in a penalty.
48' In desperate need of a jolt in attack, Liverpool open up the second half on the front foot. Alexander-Arnold gets beyond Rashford on the flank, but Young's block forces him to settle for a corner. The ensuing delivery is met by Van Dijk, but his looping header crashes onto the roof of the net.
46' Back underway at Old Trafford, with Liverpool getting the second half underway...
Manchester United have not lost a league game at Old Trafford that they have been leading at half-time since May 7th 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich Town).
A fantastic Marcus Rashford double has Manchester United deservedly ahead through 45 minutes at Old Trafford, as Jose Mourinho's side have been flawless in every aspect. Liverpool have not beaten United since 2014, and their miserable run against their rivals threatens to continue today if Jurgen Klopp can't find a way to tilt the tides coming out of the break.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 2-0 LIVERPOOL.
45' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
43' Terrific defending from Young to clear a cross at the far post, and then the full-back is there again to head away the danger as Firmino tries to pick out Salah. United have not broken focus even slightly at the back thus far, and that's paid dividends as Liverpool have produced little of note to threaten De Gea.
41' STAT: Marcus Rashford has scored with 29% of his shots in the Premier League against 'big six' clubs, compared to a 10% ratio against the other teams.
39' THAT HAS TO BE IN! Mata is left in all sorts of space atop the six-yard box as a cross is clipped in for him from the left. He has all the time in the world to take it down and beat Karius, but opts to go for the spectacular instead, and winds up sending his acrobatic overhead kick wide of the far post!
37' Klopp is getting quite animated on his touchline as things just don't seem to be falling right for his Liverpool side at the moment. They've not done a good enough job defending the long balls forward for Lukaku, and have just seemed out of sorts in attack, despite minimal changes in personnel.
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
Yellow Card
Liverpool
35' A late, cynical foul sees Oxlade-Chamberlain into the book, as he drags down McTominay to stop a potential break.
33' The first thought for these Manchester United players when they win the ball back is to get it forward early, as they aim to capitalise with Liverpool's players higher up the pitch. The same hasn't been true for the visitors, as they've allowed United plenty of time to get their shape back in defence when Liverpool get in possession.
31' United with plenty back in defence as Firmino is relegated to trying his luck from range, sending a shot straight into the waiting arms of De Gea, who has had little to do thus far. This has been far from the free-flowing Liverpool attack we have become accustomed to seeing this season.
29' STAT: Jose Mourinho has previously won only one of his eight meetings in all competitions with Jurgen Klopp (D4 L3), with his Real Madrid side beating Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in a Champions League semi-final second leg match (still lost 3-4 on aggregate).
M. Rashford
Yellow Card
Manchester United
27' Rashford is in good position after tracking back, but slides in late - and rather unnecessarily - on Milner, which will see him into the book.
26' Liverpool have it all to do now. Klopp will be wondering how this has got out of hand so quickly, as he's standing right up near the touchline with his hands in his pockets, pondering his next move. This is proving a hostile environment for the Reds as Old Trafford is booming following the Rashford double.
M. Rashford
Goal
Manchester United
24' HAVE YOURSELF A DAY, MARCUS! Route-one football again from Manchester United as another long ball over the top is flicked on by Lukaku, this time for Mata. The Spaniard is blocked off in the penalty area by Van Dijk, as the ball rolls over into the path of Rashford, who guides another terrific finish into the back of the net with Karius put off by the slight deflection off Alexander-Arnold!
23' BIG MISS! Van Dijk makes easy work of Matic's marking to latch onto the end of a corner as he has essentially a free header at the near post, but gets the contact all wrong! That comes off his shoulder, disappointingly, as it drifts beyond the near post.
22' Liverpool have upped their intent, showing more urgency to get the ball forward. They're very much in the ascendency here, starting to ask questions of the United defence, but Valencia proves up to the task here as a fine challenge snuffs out Firmino's attempts to go through on goal.
20' STAT: Liverpool have won just one point from nine available on the road against the ‘big six’ this season (W0 D1 L2), conceding 12 goals. Previously under Jurgen Klopp, they’d been unbeaten in away ‘big six’ matches (W4 D4 L0), conceding just nine goals.
18' TERRIFIC CROSS! A real chance at a quick equaliser for Liverpool as Firmino hangs a cross in towards the far post, but Young does just enough to put Mane off, as the winger fails to connect with De Gea scrambling to get across.
16' Well there will be no goalless draw today! Goals have proven incredibly hard to come by of late when these sides meet, which makes Rashford's early opener that much more crucial. Liverpool will be forced to open up and attack, playing right into Mourinho's hands.
R. Lukaku
Assist
Manchester United
14' That was an excellent flick-on from Lukaku, who provides the assist.
M. Rashford
Goal
Manchester United
14' STUNNING FINISH AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEAD! Old Trafford sent into raptures as Rashford runs onto a clever flick-on from Lukaku, bursting into the area and cutting inside onto his right foot beyond Alexander-Arnold, before placing a venomous finish beyond Karius and in at the far post!
13' Liverpool win the game's first corner as the likes of Van Dijk and Lovren get forward in anticipation, and the delivery from Salah is excellent, but no one is there at the far post to meet it!
11' Slow starts have just started to become a bit of an issue for Manchester United over the last couple of weeks, as they've fallen to a pair of early deficits against Chelsea and Crystal Palace. They're working hard to buck that trend today, and a clever ball over the top for Lukaku looks inviting, but Robertson does brilliantly to snuff it out.
9' Any early boost Manchester United had from playing at home today has been weathered by Liverpool, deny the hosts some early momentum. Klopp's side haven't offered anything going forward of yet, but their fine play in defence has Mourinho scribbling notes down on the touchline.
7' STAT: Two of the last three league meetings between these sides have ended goalless – just one of the previous 49 between them in the top-flight had failed to produce a goal.
5' Not much attacking play to speak of thus far, with the game being largely played in midfield. United are enjoying some decent possession, but Liverpool's excellent work-rate off the ball has seen them stifle the hosts' attempts to get forward.
3' The atmosphere at Old Trafford is always amplified with Liverpool in town, and that's very much the case here today. It's incredibly loud inside the stadium as these two rivals feel each other out early on.
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Manchester United in red as they get the match underway, defending the Stretford End, with Liverpool in white!
Jurgen Klopp has the luxury of a fully fit squad to chose from, as he makes one change from last weekend's victory over Newcastle. Jordan Henderson suffered a dead leg in Tuesday's Champions League match against Porto, and while he remains available, he's relegated to a spot on the bench today as James Milner takes his place in midfield. Georginio Wijnaldum returns after missing last week's match with an illness, but he starts on the bench.
A knock suffered by Paul Pogba keeps him out of today's match, as Jose Mourinho makes three changes from Monday's win at Crystal Palace. Eric Bailly is back to full fitness and starts in the centre of defence, replacing Victor Lindelof, while Juan Mata deputises for the injured Pogba in midfield. Up top, Marcus Rashford is selected to play to the right of striker Romelu Lukaku, as Jesse Lingard drops to the bench.
SUBS: Wijnaldum, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Mignolet, Solanke, Matip.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Can; Salah, Mane, Firmino.
SUBS: Lindelof, Lingard, Carrick, Romero, Shaw, Fellaini, Darmian.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; McTominay, Matic, Mata; Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku.
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Liverpool are also scorching hot – arguably the most in-form team in England at the moment. Jurgen Klopp’s outfit are unbeaten in seven and have conceded just once in their last five, suggesting another low-scoring affair will be on offer today.
The confidence will be flowing through Manchester United following successive come-from-behind victories over Chelsea and Crystal Palace, though they would like to make it a bit easier on themselves today surely, with the chance to open a five-point gap on their rivals.
Jose Mourinho’s tactics proved a safeguard for the Manchester United defence when these sides met at Anfield in October, stifling the Liverpool attack as they played out to goalless affair – the fourth successive draw in this rivalry.
These two clubs have resorted to fighting for second place in the Premier League behind runaway leaders Manchester City, but the race for a top-four finish remains tense, and today’s winner will go a long way towards securing their place.
Hello and welcome! One of England’s most intense rivalries is renewed today as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford! This will be the 200th meeting between the adversaries and their dislike for one another has not wavered.
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