Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: Mourinho hits Klopp - FCNaija

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 10/03/2018

Manchester United maintained second place in the Premier League with a 2-1 defeat of Liverpool on Saturday at Old Trafford.

A first half brace by Marcus Rashford gave the Red Devils a clean first half lead, but a second half Eric Bailly own goal gave Liverpool a lifeline.

The expectation everyone, including Jurgen Klopp, would have had before the start of the game would be that Jose Mourinho would once again, employ a very pragmatic approach or in other words, park the bus.

But the opening minutes were anything but, as United went at it and stretched Liverpool and it wouldn’t take too long in the half for them to break the deadlock and set the Reds behind.

In the 14th minute, Rashford connected with a pass inside the box and slammed home into the bottom right corner as the Red Devils took the lead early on.

It should be said that Klopp’s side were also giving as much as they could, but it wouldn’t take long again – ten minutes later – before Mourinho’s men doubled their lead.

Rashford, again, was in the right place at the right time to get to a rebound inside the box and gleefully rifles the ball low inside the right post. United were up by two goals.

The rest of the first half would see both teams going at it, but Manchester United looked the better side going into the break.

But at the start of the second half, the game changed as Liverpool took the game to United, as they sought to get back into the game, and they continued piling the pressure on the Red Devils’ defence.

On the break, United were looking quite dangerous and were looking to score the third, but the Reds were also on an offensive foot as they looked to get back into the game.

That goal would eventually come 21 minutes later, as an unfortunate own goal is conceded by Eric Bailly, who attempted to smack the ball away, but instead he sent it into his own net.

As much as they pressed late on, it didn’t matter as United scaled past, to retain their second position.