Match Report – Louis van Gaal’s men enrolled a minimum win against the Jurgen Klopp’s side thanks to Wayne Rooney who converted the only shot on target for the Red Devils into a win.
De Gea saved Man United
Liverpool ended the first half with seven concrete attempts to opposing goal, while Manchester United threatened only once over Anthony Martial, who frequently was “quick” on falling/diving in the box and irritating the home crowd. For the Reds the most active were Roberto Firmino and Emre Can and with whom the Man Utd defence had the most problems, but the Spaniard David de Gea was on the level, successfully saving his net several times.
Manchester United scored an opener in the 78th minute and the same was worthy of three points for the Red Devils. Juan Mata delivered a cross into the box, Fellaini tried with a header and his shot bounced off the crossbard, right in front of Wayne Rooney who didn’t miss such opportunity to score.
Rooney for history
The only goal of the match was Rooney’s 176th goal in Man Utd’s jersey with which he surpassed Thierry Henry’s Premier League goals record and thus became the record holder when it comes to the best club scorers in the Premier League history, from the 1992-93 season.
So far, Rooney tied with Thierry Henry, who scored for Arsenal 175 goals. Otherwise, the top scorer in the history of the Premier League is Alan Shearer, who playing for Blackburn and Newcastle, has scored 260 goals, followed by Rooney who playing for Everton and Manchester United scored the 190 goals.
Rooney told Sky Sports:
“It’s great obviously to have records but I don’t think that will beat the feeling I have now.”
“To score the winner at Anfield, 10 years since I last scored… I’ll be a bit selfish and enjoy that one
“Everyone knows the importance of the game and that’s regardless of league positions. We could be first, second, bottom or second-bottom – it’s a massive game.
“It’s a great victory and three points we needed to continue our start to this year, it’s a massive win for us.”
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal insisted he was a “happy coach” after watching his side beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday (17 January) in the English Premier League.
Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United manager (on chances of winning the title)
“We have a lot of matches still to go. We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins, a draw and we didn’t lose. I think this game shall give a big boost to the players, to the fans to everybody in the environment of Manchester United as we have to continue of course, but that’s not so easy and we have seen that also today. But we can do it because we show every week that we can do it.”
Louis Van Gaal, Manchester United manager (on Wayne Rooney)
“A striker who scores is always very important and now he is scoring in-a-row and we are winning in-a-row and it’s always like that. So I am very happy for him, but also for Manchester Unite
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager (on the game)
“It’s really bad. It’s a derby and in a derby you only have one job to do, you have to win it. The only possibility to be satisfied after a game because you see with Manchester United if they talk about the performance they would say it was not that good, but they won so they are really happy. But, we played better and feel really frustrated of course because of the result.”
Liverpool – Manchester United 0:1
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet – Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno – Henderson, Lucas, Can – Lallana, Firmino, Milner
Manchester United: De Gea – Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian – Schneiderlin, Fellaini – Lingard, Herrera, Martia – Rooney