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
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  2. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
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  3. Squad number3Player nameBailly
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  4. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
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  5. Squad number23Player nameShaw
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  6. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
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  7. Squad number17Player nameFred
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  8. Squad number10Player nameRashford
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  9. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
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  10. Squad number6Player namePogba
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  11. Squad number7Player nameCavani
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  1. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood
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  2. Squad number31Player nameMatic
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  1. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
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  2. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
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  3. Squad number47Player namePhillips
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  4. Squad number46Player nameR Williams
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  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
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  6. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
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  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
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  8. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
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  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
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  10. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
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  11. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
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  1. Squad number10Player nameMané
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  2. Squad number17Player nameJones
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  3. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
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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


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


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


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

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Match Stats

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  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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