Rashford Nets Two As Man United Downs Liverpool

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MANCHESTER: The victory, which lifts United five points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s team in second place, was sealed in the first-half by Rashford’s two strikes.

Marcus Rashford marked his first Premier League start of 2018 with both goals as Manchester United punished the defensive mistakes of rivals Liverpool to seal a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

But while the 20-year-old, impressing in front of England coach Gareth Southgate, took his goals in clinical fashion, the failure of Liverpool to defend both properly was a return to their early season failings. And Dejan Lovren, who had a spectacularly bad performance during the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham, was at fault again for both United’s goals.

On both occasions, Lovren was beaten in the air by Romelu Lukaku in aerial challenges, with the United forward winning the flick ons to tee-up Rashford. For the first goal, Rashford easily turned Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area before beating goalkeeper Loris Karius with a powerful shot into the far corner.

And the second was another fine finish by Rashford, who scored after Juan Mata had latched on to Lukaku’s second flick. Although Liverpool pulled one back with an Eric Bailly own goal in the second-half, the visitors struggled to display their attacking flair at Old Trafford.

And United held on to claim the win that takes them one step close to securing Champions League qualification and runners-up spot behind runaway leaders Manchester City.