Goals: Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

Paul Pogba and four other Man Utd stars miss training ahead of Sevilla clash

The £89 million midfielder missed out on this game because of an injury sustained in training on Friday, yet his absence was not an issue for United against Liverpool.

The result damaged Liverpool FC's hopes of finishing above the Red Devils as Mourinho's men moved five points clear of the Merseyside outfit in the table. I think Manchester United has to be a team of the Champions League, so that victory last season was very important for us because we finished outside the top four in the Premier League and, by winning the Europa League, we won a title and at the same time, we went back to the Champions League.

A deflected strike from Willian and a Martin Kelly own goal put Chelsea in control at the break, but they took their foot off the gas in the second half.

Mourinho went on to defend his management of Rashford - a player who has made 40 appearances across all competitions this season and 93 in total under United's current coach. United had clearly identified the channel between Alexander-Arnold and Lovren as one to attack and they did exactly that through Rashford.

It is easy to forget that Marcus Rashford is just 20 years old and a youngster still growing into a man's body, as Jose Mourinho confirmed last July when he revealed the forward had grown three centimetres in 12 months. This has been far from a boring season; there have been plenty of good games, interesting cup ties and clean sheets.

Moreover, the attractive style implemented by long-time adversary Pep Guardiola is far more in keeping with that United fans are used to seeing than the fare offered up by Mourinho's tactics.

"Romelu Lukaku is strong in these challenges, so if you can not avoid the long ball then you have to be there to help your mate for the second ball". He was upset with a player and the same happened to me against Crystal Palace, where I was upset with my player and therefore [the officials] understood that too. That classic game, in 1998, ended 3-3. "You're not going to get that from McTominay, but you can see why Mourinho likes a player that". Defeat will nearly certainly mean their cross-town rivals clinch the title that day, so maybe the end will justify the means for fans, who have no desire to watch their rivals celebrate the title on derby day. He also made four interceptions and Jose Mourinho will have been delighted with his focus and positional discipline until the final whistle.

With Lukaku dropping deep to collect David De Gea's long passes, it was Rashford who would race into the space his Belgian teammate created.

It has also been said - rightly - that atmosphere is lacking at Old Trafford, but that was not the case on Saturday.

Only the romantics and dreamers believe United have to recreate the flair years of George Best-Denis Law-Bobby Charlton and later Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, with Pogba soon to be back from injury, Mourinho will most likely have to make a courageous decision by dropping the £89 million (RM481 million) Frenchman or Sanchez if he is to continue to show faith in Rashford.



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