Marcus Rashford was lacking in confidence prior to Liverpool game — Jose Mourinho

Marcus Rashford was lacking in confidence prior to Liverpool game — Jose Mourinho

Marcus Rashford was lacking in confidence prior to Liverpool game — Jose Mourinho

With cork-popping, pyrotechnics, ticker tape, medals and silverware on the horizon United would go into overdrive.

Asked if the 29-year-old forward was disappointed with the way he has started his Manchester United career, Mourinho told a news conference on Friday: "He's fine". It was clearly a win for the direct style of football. United ceded territory and possession to Liverpool in the second half, and survived an onslaught in spite of Eric Bailly's comedy own goal. Here's what we learnt from the match. The Hard Tackle now runs the rule over Jurgen Klopp's men.

"We have to defend these situations better", he said. It is really difficult to do against a team like Manchester United.

A nightmare of an afternoon for Alexander-Arnold.

"It was a big game; we trusted him, and he showed his qualities", Mourinho said after the game.

Mourinho clearly set his side out to target Liverpool's weak link in the channel between Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold and the Portuguese deserves tremendous credit for his devious tactical ploy.

In the absence of the injured Paul Pogba on Saturday, Mourinho reverted to the 4-2-3-1 formation he is known to be fond of. And there was more. He should be the first name on the team sheet for their Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.

United moved five points clear of third-place Liverpool and stayed nine points ahead of Chelsea. His consistency truly is remarkable.

Rashford's strikes, which came 10 minutes apart, were decisive, and both highlighted his quality. There's lots of things.

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The match finished 2-1 as a booming Old Trafford serenaded the players when leaving the pitch.

An outing to forget for Can. One or two dangerous corners aside, he had little influence on the game. "That was the bad one".

Horrible day for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The United boss got sent to the stands for accidentally putting his foot over the touchline this season, whereas the German got off with his burst out of his technical area down the touchline late in the second half.

The referee's whistle was silent but Liverpool were right to bellow their vexation.

"The next game is very important for us, maybe the most important game of the season".

Failed to step up in the face of adversity.

Far too often, the onus has been on the Special One to accommodate Pogba rather than the playmaker falling into line for United's greater good. "The more you do, the easier the results come on the pitch". Kept to his task well, though.

Alexis Sanchez endured a frustrating attacking game once more, but his defensive efforts in front of the screening two of Nemanja Matic and the ever-improving Scott McTominay were quietly sublime.

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