The manager of Manchester United Jose Mourinho, is happy with is players, this a team work. Old Trafford erupts as United close out a victory earned by the brilliance of Marcus Rashford! That’s a huge result in the battle for second place in this season’s Premier League, as United ease five points clear of their bitter rivals. Their excellent first-half performance Alongside Liverpool.

The performance – settled it in the end. Liverpool, once the sting has of defeat has eased off a bit, will take succour in a much-improved second-half display. But Rashford was the difference. With a little help from Jose Mourinho, of course, who has once again done a number on Liverpool.

Mane strides towards the United box. He thinks about shooting, but attempts a wall pass off Firmino instead. Mane keeps going. He goes down in the area, shoulder to shoulder with Fellaini. It looks clumsy but fair from Fellaini. To be honest, Mane should have shot first time … or Firmino should have had a go.

With runaway leaders Manchester City on course for a third Premier League title, second place is the best the chasing pack can hope for and United moved five points ahead of Liverpool.

United stifled Liverpool’s exhilarating attack early on at Old Trafford and raced into a two-goal lead with 24 minutes on the clock after a double from Rashford.

However, even without the injured Paul Pogba, it was United who started on the front foot, adopting a more direct style with Romelu Lukaku the target and the Belgium striker was influential in both Rashford goals.

Rashford’s double – on his first Premier League start since Boxing Day – proved decisive, as Liverpool couldn’t add to the Bailly own goal as they slipped to a first defeat in eight games in all competitions.

Manchester United 2 – 1 Liverpool

Mane very nearly bursts clear into the United box down the inside-left channel, but he’s crowded out. From the corner, United clear, and they’re tearing up on the break, four on two! Karius comes miles out of his goal and makes an amazing saving tackle in the middle of his own half! He clears, just as it looked as though United were going to strike the final blow.

There’s a United sub, but it’s not Bailly going off! The big, brave defender limps back on – he looked in serious pain back there. Instead, Rashford is replaced by Fellaini. The home fans aren’t super-enamoured by the switch, though it’s not open revolt or anything. A smattering of concern.

Mane looks for the space to shoot on the edge of the United box. The United defence closes like an iron curtain. He has a smack anyway. The ball very nearly deflects to Salah, but at the moment the only way Liverpool look like getting through this packed defence is with a lucky bounce.

West Bromwich Albion’s woes continued as they slipped to a 4-1 home defeat by Leicester City. Salomon Rondon gave West Brom the lead at The Hawthorns, but four Leicester goals without reply ensured West Brom stayed bottom, eight points from safety.

Swansea City, who had Jordan Ayew sent off in the 11th minute, held Huddersfield Town to a 0-0 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium while Wayne Rooney’s penalty miss mattered little as Everton beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Goodison Park.

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