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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Marcus Rashford’s double helps United beat Liverpool 2-1

Marcus Rashford scored twice to give Manchester United two goal lead in the first half but Eric Bailly's own goal gave hopes to Liverpool in the second half.

Manchester United are playing Liverpool at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford scored two goals in the first half. (Reuters)

With all the criticisms around him for not scoring a goal since December, Marus Rashford had to be the player to become Manchester United’s hero once again. The 20-year old scored twice in the first half to give Manchester United a solid 2-0 lead against Liverpool. The Jose Mourinho’s side came out on the field without Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial who were both ruled out from injuries. With Alexis Sanchez having a hard time adjusting with the club in his early days, Rashford shouldered the responsibility on him to give the Red Devils a good start. United were playing the long-ball game with David de Gea being the initiator of moves and Romelu Lukaku the target man. The strategy worked on two occasions, as United made the most of the chances given to them. Liverpool tried to create a number of chances and found a number of set-pieces, but failed to capitalise. Liverpool played attacking football in the second half but failed to find the back of the net. Eric Bailly scored an own goal in the 70th minute to build Liverpool’s hopes but Manchester United defenders saw out the remainder of the game as the Red Devils beat United 2-1 to extend gap at the top with Liverpool by 5 points.

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