Marcus Rashford double was enough to hold off Liverpool despite some late scares thanks to an own goal from Eric Bailly. The win moves United five points clear of Liverpool in the fight for second place.
Rashford has been on the periphery of the first team since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez but he repaid the faith put in him by the manager in the 14th minute.
Jurgen Klopp would have been pulling his hair out at the ease of which United got behind his defensive line as a simple goal kick from David De Gea was flicked on from Lukaku and Rashford was in behind.
A chop back inside to get back on his strong right foot bamboozled Trent Alexander-Arnold and he rifled the finish past Karius.
Rashford didn’t have to wait long to get his second of the game and to the dismay of Jurgen Klopp, it was almost a carbon copy of the first.
A long ball up from De Gea was again flicked on but this time to Juan Mata but he couldn’t get his shot away and the ball deflected into the path of Rashford.
He strode on to the ball confidently and kept his shot low and planted it into the far corner of the net. Old Trafford absolutely erupted.
The second half was more frustration for Liverpool as their attacking unit couldn’t find any fluidity and their attacks were continuously disjointed.
The interplay that we had seen in recent weeks was nowhere to be seen and the United defence utterly stifled the waves of attacks that were coming their way.
The breakthrough came for Liverpool in the 66th minute as the ball was worked to the left hand side and a cross was spectacularly turned into this own net by Eric Bailly.
After the own goal, Liverpool found their stride but failed to create any clear cut opportunities that would give them the chance to come away from the game with a point.
Jose Mourinho and his team held on for the much needed win an astonishingly, over their two games with Liverpool this season, they managed more points (4) than shots on target (3).
SCORE: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
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