United ran out 2-1 winners as Jose Mourinho’s men exploited Liverpool’s weakness in the defence. Before the half hour mark 30 minutes Liverpool were (2-0) goals down as the visitors struggled to deal with the Red Devils strategy in the contest.
This was evident as Juan Mata nearly added the third goal in about time with an overhead kick. This happened amazingly with the Reds defence nowhere to be found at that time.
Liverpool needed an own goal from defender Eric Baily to get a respite in the clash as Mane’s delivery was turned in by the Ivorian (center half) defender.
United keeps their place (2nd) as Liverpool got demoted to the 4th position following Spurs success away at AFC Bournemouth.
With the win we evaluate three significant lessons (points) from the clash.
Jose Edges Klopp
The match was a battle of tactics as Charismatic manager Jose Mourinho faced off with rival Jurgen Klopp. Both teams have their attacking missiles ready and in action but there was something special needed for the two managers to do in the course of the match.
Jose set his side up nicely to ward off incessant threat from Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp defensive naivety was evident as Romelu Lukaku capitalized in the physical duels to pave the way for Marcus Rashford.
This was a game plan made prior to the match and perfected on the pitch as Mourinho continues to display his tactical awareness and match onus in the Premier League.
This he did to prevail against Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side as the result 3(three points) continues to speak along in the season.
Rashford Improvises For United
The talented forward showed no mercy and technical brilliance as he dispatched Liverpool in the fiery contest at Old Trafford. His composure and exquisite finish were too good compared to a player who has not scored in the Premier League since the start of the year.
He capitalized on a loose ball in the right side of the box to nail Liverpool as young defender could not deal with his attacking instinct at the edge of the box.
This saw Rashford bag a brace within the space of 10 minutes (14, 24th minutes) thus paving the way for his side 2-1 win at home.
The Liverpool man was marked with great effect as Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia brought their physicality and experience to the fray.
This was evident as Young stood his ground, against the Egyptian despite series of attempt from Liverpool to set-up their talismanic forward in the contest.
This was key and vital as United held from to seal a 2-1 win despite occasional threat from Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Sadio Mane in the game.
This was made possible as United’s defence read their tactical script pretty well in the game.