Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday, thanks to two goals from Marcus Rashford and Liverpool’s only goal coming through an Eric Bailly own goal.
Here is five things we learnt.
1. Old Trafford is a fortress.
Manchester United have lost only once at home this year, and they looked relatively comfortable today even with Liverpool’s wealth of attacking threat. The front three were nullified for large parts of the game and if Eric Bailly didn’t score an own goal he would be within a shout of getting man of the match. When looking at United this season their home form has been excellent and a key part of their top four challenge.
2. £75 million doesn’t fix a defence
Virgil Van Dijk was the only Liverpool player who looked ok today and even then he missed a good chance in the first half. Dejan Lovren was awful defensively for the visitors and Trent Alexander-Arnold had a game to forget in front of Gareth Southgate.
3. Eric Bailly is the rock United’s defence needs
From sending Mohammed Salah for a hotdog to putting the ball in his own net. Bailly was very good for United today and him scoring an own goal doesn’t tell the true tale of his performance. He was making game winning tackles for United and looked good on the ball. Despite being one of the most unorthodox defenders I have ever seen in a United shirt.
4. Sadio Mane doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves
In a front three of himself, Salah and Roberto Firmino, he receives the least amount of plaudits, he was probably Liverpool’s best player today and deserves to be put in the same bracket as his strike partners. Anything good from the Scouser’s today was down to Mane. A good performance for him.
5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may be fortunate to be on the plane to Russia
On a day where Southgate was watching on from the stands, the Ox was particularly poor. He was pulled off just after half time, he didn’t do himself any favours with a World Cup just around the corner.