Rashford's First Goal Vs Liverpool Exactly The Same As 2007 Ronaldo Strike

Klopp had previously criticised the way Mourinho had set United up to play against his Liverpool team, feeling that the Red Devils were better than simply "parking the bus". Meanwhile, it was the latest in a long line of improved displays by Lukaku as his all-round game comes on leaps and bounds.

McTominay again shone alongside Matic for victory over Liverpool.

The Champions League last-16 clash is evenly poised ahead of Tuesday's return leg after David De Gea inspired Jose Mourinho's men to a goalless draw in Spain.

"West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action", it said. And more importantly, it was never really questioned, as Liverpool did not quite play up to their standards. Mourinho is unsure if he will be fit for the Sevilla game.

West Brom boss Pardew admitted his days in charge are numbered after a seventh successive defeat, 4-1 at home to Leicester on Saturday, left the Midlands club eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the standings.

West Ham dominated the first half in which Burnley's keeper Nick Pope made several fine saves but everything turned sour at the London Stadium after the break om Saturday. Liverpool have been vulnerable at right-back at times this season, and the young Alexander-Arnold was noticeably targeted from the first-whistle.

When they did have a clear scoring chance shortly before Rashford's second goal, Virgil van Dijk was only able to get his shoulder to a stooping attempted header at a near-post corner having shrugged off Nemanja Matic.

Rashford marked his first league start of 2018 with a stunning first-half brace against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

However, United defied the odds to claim a crucial 2-1 victory against their bitter rivals, as well as opening a five point lead to their nearest rivals in the Premier League table, something to which Shearer says should be admired, despite the style of play used to get there.

Bringing Rashford back into the starting line-up for this game was a shrewd move by Mourinho.

Tellingly, despite his two goals, it was Rashford and not Sanchez who was sacrificed as the Portuguese looked to shut up shop in the final 20 minutes by introducing Marouane Fellaini.Mourinho was booed by the United fans for his decision, which he defended by citing a fear Rashford could have seen a second yellow card. Other than Eric Bailly's own-goal, it was a flawless afternoon for the United manager, and a display his supporters will argue vindicates his approach. It was because he was impressing a lot in training and, sometimes, that's the point.

  • Julie Sanders