Manchester United 2-4 Liverpool: Visitors boost top-four hopes with win

Roberto Firmino scores for Liverpool at Manchester United
Roberto Firmino is the first Liverpool player to score a league brace at Old Trafford since Steven Gerrard in March 2014

Jurgen Klopp celebrated his first win at Old Trafford as Liverpool came from behind to beat Manchester United and boost their chances of a Champions League place.

In a thrilling game played against the backdrop of noisy protests against the United ownership outside the ground, United struck first through Bruno Fernandes’ deflected opener.

But Liverpool, who had seen one of their buses prevented from picking team members up before the game after being blocked in the street, hit back through Diogo Jota’s instinctive effort.

Roberto Firmino, who had only scored once since his two-goal haul at Crystal Palace in December, then put his side on top with a well-taken double either side of half-time.

Marcus Rashford pulled one back for United midway through the second half but Mohamed Salah wrapped up the points with a late breakaway strike for his 21st Premier League goal of the season.

That moves him level with Harry Kane in the Golden Boot standings and condemns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a sixth home defeat of the season.

The result takes Liverpool fifth in the Premier League. If they win at West Brom on Sunday they will close to within one and three points respectively of FA Cup finalists Chelsea and Leicester, who still have to play each other at Stamford Bridge on 18 May.

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Manchester United

Starting XI

  1. Squad number26Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    4.25

  2. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
    Average rating

    4.52

  3. Squad number3Player nameBailly
    Average rating

    3.60

  4. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
    Average rating

    3.68

  5. Squad number23Player nameShaw
    Average rating

    3.99

  6. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
    Average rating

    3.74

  7. Squad number17Player nameFred
    Average rating

    2.79

  8. Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    4.51

  9. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    4.56

  10. Squad number6Player namePogba
    Average rating

    3.80

  11. Squad number7Player nameCavani
    Average rating

    4.41

Substitutes

  1. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood
    Average rating

    4.56

  2. Squad number31Player nameMatic
    Average rating

    3.23

Liverpool

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    6.98

  2. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    8.31

  3. Squad number47Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    7.32

  4. Squad number46Player nameR Williams
    Average rating

    7.15

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    6.67

  6. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    7.30

  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.51

  8. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    7.19

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    7.66

  10. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    8.30

  11. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    7.19

Substitutes

  1. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    6.93

  2. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    7.09

  3. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
    Average rating

    6.64

Line-ups

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 3BaillyBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMaticat 86′minutes
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominayBooked at 79mins
  • 17FredSubstituted forGreenwoodat 63′minutes
  • 10Rashford
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 6Pogba
  • 7CavaniBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 8Mata
  • 11Greenwood
  • 19Diallo
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 33Williams
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 46R Williams
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 3Fabinho
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forJonesat 74′minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forN Williamsat 90+2′minutes
  • 9Firmino
  • 20JotaSubstituted forManéat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Mané
  • 13Adrián
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 58Woodburn
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams

Referee:
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester United 2, Liverpool 4.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Liverpool 4.

  3. Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

  4. Substitution, Liverpool. Neco Williams replaces Mohamed Salah.

  5. Goal! Manchester United 2, Liverpool 4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Curtis Jones following a fast break.

  6. Hand ball by Edinson Cavani (Manchester United).

  7. Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Eric Bailly.

  8. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Foul by Edinson Cavani (Manchester United).

  10. Thiago (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

  13. Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).

  15. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).

  18. Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  19. Hand ball by Thiago (Liverpool).

  20. Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.

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