Marcus Rashford scored twice to give Man United victory over Liverpool which extended their lead over our deadly rivals and strengthened our grip on second place in the Premier League.
Manchester-born Rashford scored both his goals in the first half. His first came in the 14th minute. From David de Gea’s goal-kick, Romelu Lukaku beat Dejan Lovren to the ball and headed it on to Rashford, who ran through, before cutting inside Trent Alexander-Arnold and finishing into the far corner. It was a brilliant finish.
In the 24th minute he scored his second. Once again he bullied Lovren before passing it through to Juan Mata. The ball then ricocheted off a defender to Rashford, whose shot deflected past Lorius Karius.
Just before the goal, Virgil Van Dijk had headed just wide from a corner. Towards the end of the half, Mata had a chance to give United a three goal lead. From Alexis Sanchez’s cross, Mata acrobatically fired wide even though he had time to take a touch before shooting.
Liverpool were better in the second half. Van Dijk had another chance, this time heading over from a Mohamed Salah corner.
In the 66th minute, Liverpool pulled a goal back. From Sadio Mané’s cross, Eric Bailly, on his first start since the 5 November at Chelsea, sliced a clearance into his own net to halve the deficit.
United never looked in real danger of giving up the lead. But, Juergen Klopp was not happy at all about at least one decision where he claimed that substitute Marouane Fellaini had Fouled Mané. It was a debatable decision.
Salah had an effort with the last kick of the game, but he hardly did anything all game and was kept quiet by Ashley Young, who was fantastic.
It was a classic victory from Mourinho, with United only having 32% possession and two shots on target.
Those two shots on target were the two goals which were scored by Rashford. It was Rashford’s first start since 26 December and he’s played less than 100 minutes in the league as a substitute in 2018. He has now scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, making this his most prolific season with United.
United remain second, five points ahead of third-placed Liverpool, who could be over-taken by Tottenham if they win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Next up for United is the second leg of the Champions League last-16 at home to Sevilla. Next weekend is the FA Cup quarter-final at home to Brighton. Hopefully we can continue our winning form.