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Manchester United 2-4 Liverpool – Match Report & Player Ratings

Liverpool belatedly visited the hostile territory of Old Trafford on Thursday and emerged with a 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United. 

It was a massive victory for Liverpool which gives them a good chance of finishing in the top four.

The Reds have leapfrogged West Ham United to reach fifth place in the Premier League table with 60 points. 

Chelsea and Leicester City lead them by four and six points respectively. However, both of these clubs will face each other in a few days. 

This means that one of them will drop points, potentially allowing Liverpool to compete in the Champions League next season.

United have already qualified for the Champions League next season, but this loss demonstrates how far they have to go before they can mount a serious challenge for the league title.

Match Report

It was a bright start from the home team who scored the first goal of the game. 

Bruno Fernandes fired a strike from outside of his foot which took a huge deflection from Nathaniel Phillips and went past Alisson.

With Harry Maguire sidelined due to an injury, Eric Bailly and Lindelof started in defence. The pair were tentative and looked all over the place.

Liverpool took full advantage of United’s sluggish defending. 

The Red Devils failed to clear the ball after a corner. Amid all the bodies inside the box, Diogo Jota’s deft flick levelled the score.

Another set-piece before the break saw the Reds edge in front, with Roberto Firmino scoring his first goal against United after Paul Pogba failed to track his run from a free-kick.

It was Firmino again who took advantage of Luke Shaw and Dean Henderson’s errors and tapped the ball home shortly after half-time.

With a two-goal cushion, the onus was on the Red Devils to attack.

Around the hour mark, Edinson Cavani’s perfectly weighted through pass helped Marcus Rashford to roll the ball into Liverpool’s net.

The home team looked more threatening in the final few minutes of the game. 

However, Curtis Jones found Mohamed Salah in acres of space and the Egyptian scored his side’s fourth goal to seal Reds’ victory over United.

Player Ratings

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson (4); Aaron Wan-Bissaka (6), Victor Lindelof (4), Eric Bailly (4), Luke Shaw (5); Scott McTominay (4), Fred (4); Bruno Fernandes (6), Paul Pogba (5), Marcus Rashford (5); Edinson Cavani (6).

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson (6); Trent Alexander-Arnold (9), Rhys Williams (6), Nathaniel Phillips (7), Andy Robertson (8); Fabinho (8), Thiago (7), Gini Wijnaldum (6); Mohamed Salah (8), Diogo Jota (8), Roberto Firmino (9).

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