Manchester United enhanced their prospects of securing the runner-up spot after they picked up a 2-1 triumph over close rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to hold more than two-thirds of the possession during the game but they were outclassed by United, who scored with only shots on target.
Marcus Rashford netted both goals for United on the day whilst the opposition’s sole consolation came in the form of an own-goal conceded by Eric Bailly.
Two things we learned:
Jose Mourinho gets his tactics right: The Special One has received criticism for opting a defensive-minded approach against the Premier League elite but his team have nevertheless found ways of scoring. Against the Reds, the long-ball tactic came of particular use starting from the back and this contributed towards Marcus Rashford’s opening goal of the game. Towards the end of the match, Mourinho brought Marouane Fellaini from the bench to provide the additional physicality to witness the Reds’ pressure.
Ashley Young’s performance vs Mohamed Salah: Mohamed Salah has run a number of Premier League defences ragged this campaign and he could not find the scoresheet in both outings against United. At Old Trafford, Young was tasked with the duty of restricting the threat from Salah with his preferred right-foot and he did a credible job with the Egyptian barely entering the box through the game. England boss Gareth Southgate watched Young’s showing from the stands and the performance itself may assure him a World Cup spot this summer.
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