In the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United vs Liverpool is a must watch game any time of the year. On Sunday, these two teams met at Anfield for a match both teams wanted to win to move up the table.
After a dismal month of December for Manchester United, they have been unbeaten since Boxing Day, defeating Swansea City 2-1, and drawing 3-3 against Newcastle. Liverpool had started the new year with a 2-0 road loss to West Ham, before drawing 3-3 against Arsenal last Wednesday.
After a first half in which the hosts, Liverpool, had the bulk of the chances on goal, the second half saw Manchester United take a 1-0 lead which they wouldn’t relinquish. In the 78th minute, Wayne Rooney pounced on a rebound inside the box that he volleyed with his right foot into the middle of the goal. The rebound was on a platter for Rooney, after his teammate Marouane Fellaini headed a cross off the crossbar seconds before the goal.
For the final 12+ minutes of the match, Manchester United had to defend their lead if they wanted to walk out of Merseyside with all three points. Despite, Christian Benteke and Steven Caulker coming onto the pitch for Jurgen Klopp‘s side, the final score stood at 1-0 to the visiting team.
Liverpool had 53% of the possession in comparison to Manchester United’s 47%. However, Liverpool created 19 shots in the match, in which four of them were saved by United goalkeeper David De Gea. Manchester United only mustered one shot on net, but it sure was a good one that Rooney didn’t miss.
With the goal, Wayne Rooney broke Thierry Henry‘s record of most goals scored with one club in the history of the Barclays Premier League. Rooney scored his 176th Premier League goal with Manchester United on Sunday, which broke Henry’s record of 175 with Arsenal.
According to BBC Sport, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal praised his squad’s start to 2016 by saying “it is marvelous to beat Liverpool for the second time in a row, and hopefully the winning will continue to give a big boost to the players and fans.”
With the win, Manchester United move to fifth in the table with 37 points, and Liverpool remained in ninth place with 31 points after their defeat.
Larry Henry Jr
Spark Sports Analyst