Liverpool v Man Utd – Man of the Match

As they say, its goals that win matches. United had a bright start and even had the majority of possession, but then yielded to a soft goal from a corner, even if Captain Harry Maguire appeared to be fouled allowing Virgil a free header. This was the eighth time in the Premier League this season that United have conceded from a corner. Although Liverpool had two goals disallowed by VAR, United had their fair share of clear chances, Periera and Martial being the main culprits, missing clear opportunities.

Both sides had their fair share of players missing through injury, United leading goal scorer Marcus Rashford the most notable absentee, out for at least two months with double back stress fracture.

Liverpool came into this match clear favorites, on a quite remarkable 38-game unbeaten run dating back to last January 2019, amassing a record 104 points in that time. They had won every Premier League game this term – except for that 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. However since completing a league double over Man Utd in 2013-14, Liverpool had won just one of their 11 Premier League games against the Red Devils (D5 L5). Liverpool had even lost 28 Premier League matches against Manchester United, eight more than against any other club. Today’s 2-0 win over United at Anfield extends Liverpool’s  lead at the top to 16 points.

My United Man of the Match goes to goalkeeper David de Gea. He made some unbelievable saves to keep United in the match  and could not be faulted in both goals. He had a busy afternoon and coped reasonably well. He was booked for complaining about Van Dijk’s challenge that lead to the first VAR disallowed goal.

Liverpool are now closing in on a first-ever Premier League triumph and a 19th English league title after 30 long years without the crown.

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