Manchester United Welcomes Liverpool In The Saturday Kicks-off With Rashford Goals
Manchester United welcomes Liverpool in the pick of the Saturday afternoon kick-offs, with Rashford goal and visitors looking to close the gap.
The first half highlights why the cynics suggest Liverpool cannot win the Champions League this season. They are still vulnerable at the back, with Lovren and Alexander-Arnold exposed today.
Marcus Rashford has set a new personal best goal return at Manchester United with a stunning performance against Liverpool.
He completely took possession of the first half goals, scoring the first goal at 14 minutes and second goal at 24 minutes with accompanied yellow card at 27 minutes.
The 20-year-old forward has been an unfortunate victim of Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Old Trafford and the form of fellow frontmen, with starts having been in short supply of late.
Prior to being recalled to the fold in a crunch clash with Liverpool, Rashford’s last Premier League start had come against Burnley on Boxing Day.
After scoring his first – a right-footed cracker into the keeper’s bottom left-hand corner – Rashford rushed to the United fans to celebrate.
However, rival fans were left furious with referee Craig Pawson and his decision not to book the England international for leaving the pitch.
Liverpool has taken back their lost strength, with Bailly E scoring goal at 66 minutes in the second half giving their fans hope and with 14 minutes to go, Liverpool appears to be the most likely team to score next. United in defensive mode now. Big opportunity for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
At 86 minutes, Super block by Lovren to deny Mata! End-to-end football with just minutes remaining while Solanke replaces Robertson.
Things we learned from Manchester United’s win over Liverpool with Rashford own goals
Two goals in ten first-half minutes halfway through the opening half – and the game already won and brace came at a pivotal moment for Rashford, both for his club and international ambitions.
Mourinho has been busy banging the drum for Rashford’s World Cup hopes in recent weeks, but it would be no real surprise if he had slipped down in Gareth Southgate’s pecking order given his lack of match-time and goals.
An integral part of Mourinho’s side last season, Rashford has this campaign been handed a more marginal role.
He had not been selected by Mourinho to start a Premier League game since Boxing Day, in total starting just as many league games from the substitutes bench as from the outset.
And then there has been the blockbuster arrival of Alexis Sanchez and the bright form of Anthony Martial – two players who occupy a similar role to Rashford in United’s well-stocked squad.
But Rashford, despite his tender years and slender frame, is built for the big occasions. Thrown in at the deep end on his professional debut against Midtjylland he scored a brace; later that year he single-handedly won the Manchester derby while barely old enough to buy a drink.
And here, lining up out wide on the left, he scored an opening goal of breath-taking quality that put United on course for a memorable victory.
Southgate was in attendance at Old Trafford and this afternoon and will have been greatly reassured by what he had seen.
Then there are matters closer to home, forget all of the pro-Mourinho Twitter propaganda for one moment – the much-trumpeted arrival of Sanchez was a concerning development for Rashford, especially considering Mourinho’s aversion to utilising young players, which is well-documented.
(“Today I call youngsters ‘boys’ and not ‘men’ because I think that many these days are brats,” he moaned in a memorable interview with the French press last season.)