Manchester United scored a vital victory at Anfield to keep their title hopes up as Wayne Rooney struck late to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
It was a match-up that starred two squads that were pale shadows of their former self, and even as Liverpool looked the better team in the match they squandered all of the chances they managed to create.
Rooney then fired in United’s first shot on target high past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet after Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the bar with 12 minutes from time, and Liverpool failed to make a reply.
The 30-year-old Evertonian enjoyed the victory at Anfield with his first goal there since January 2005.
Along with goalkeeper David De Gea, Rooney is slowly reclaiming his importance as a player for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United squad which was rife with problems within and without.
The Dutchman was optimistic after the match, claiming that United still can take the Premier League title.
“The gap is seven points. We can overcome that so that’s what I’m thinking about,” he said.
“We have started the year very good with a lot of wins and I think this game will give a big boost to the players and the fans, and everyone in the environment of Manchester United,” he said.
“I hope we can continue winning – that’s why we are here.”