By Kiran Thakare
- Rooney goal seals scrappy 1-0 win for United
- Win ensures Van Gaal keeps 100% record against Liverpool
Manchester United earned a scrappy 1-0 win over the rivals Liverpool at Anfield. The win moves United up to fifth place in the league table on 37 points, two points behind the fourth placed Tottenham Hotspurs.
Louis Van Gaal fielded the same line-up that started against Newcastle United on Tuesday night. The Red Devils were on the backfoot straightaway as the Liverpool players kept pressing in the final third.
The home side got two good chances at the start but Roberto Firmino blazed the shot wide while James Milner also couldn’t keep the shot on target.
United tried to control the game but misplaced too many passes and were under immense pressure while defending. Liverpool kept on having a go at the goal but all of the shots were way over the goal with only Jordan Henderson coming close.
The Red Devils were forced to make their first substitution quite early as Ashley Young suffered a severe injury. United got their first shot in the 43rd minute but it was also way off target which pretty much summed up a dire half of football.
Liverpool started the second half in the same way where they left in the first half.They surged forward and created number of chances.
Emre Can almost scored with a great finish from a tough angle only for it to be saved by the David De Gea. The Spanish keeper made a brilliant double save off Can and then Firmino to keep United in the game.
Anthony Martial was the bright spark for United in the final third as he was taking defenders on and had a pretty decent shot on goal.
United broke the deadlock in the 78th minute from a corner. Juan Mata delivered a great cross which met well by Fellaini only to hit the cross bar. Rooney pounced on the rebound and finished emphatically to break the deadlock.
Manchester United defended well in the final 10 minutes to see out the result. The Red Devils completed a double over Liverpool this season and Rooney broke the record of Thiery Henry for most goals for a single club in Premier League.
Manchester United: De Gea, Young (Borthwick-Jackson 42), Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard (Mata 66), Herrera (Memphis 72), Martial, Rooney Substitutes Not Used: Romero, McNair, Varela, Pereira