Marcus Rashford scored twice on his recall to the Manchester United starting XI to give Jose Mourinho’s side the full three points through 1 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils opened the scoring when Romelu Lukaku’s header from David de Gea’s clearance found Rashford charging into the visitors’ box, and the 20-year old cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing into the bottom corner.
Lukaku also contributed to United’s second as he held up the ball from another goal-kick before feeding Juan Mata and, although he could not get a shot away, the ball fell for Rashford to score via a slight deflection from Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool were second best in every department, could have fallen further behind even further when Juan Mata volleyed acrobatically from an Alexis Sanchez cross, although the Spaniard hit it wide.
Jurgen Klopp’s side improved dramatically after the break but even with United defending deep, the visitors cranked up the pressure without ever really opening up their hosts.
Furthermore, it took an own goal for the Reds to reduce the deficit when Eric Bailly turned Sadio Mane’s cross past De Gea while attempting to clear at the near post.
However, Mourinho’s win was marred and criticized as a largely defensive display in which they had just 32% of possession and two shots on target, but Jose Mourinho added that he “doesn’t care” whether people think his Manchester United side deserved the victory.
“It was a complete performance by us with two different halves,” Mourinho said. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care. I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.”
“The second half it was not our intention to be as defensive as we were. Liverpool pushed us back but I don’t remember the chances that needed David de Gea to make the goal safe. I don’t remember a dangerous situation to our goal. It was control by them having the ball and control by us without the ball. I think we deserved the three points.”