Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson showed he was the perfect replacement for outgoing captain Steven Gerrard during their defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
The England midfielder was largely anonymous for 90 minutes but got himself on the scoresheet by scoring a late penalty when his side were already 3-0 down.
The former Sunderland man, who was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, also tried to replicate a volley Paul Scholes would have been proud of from a late corner.
But unfortunately for Henderson, the ball went nowhere near the goal, summing up the weekend for Liverpool in what was their second defeat on the bounce after the loss to Manchester United before the international break.
The BBC live text had no problems sticking the boot in to Henderson and it’s fair to say it wasn’t an effort that Scholes himself would have been proud of.
Liverpool had appeared to be the biggest rivals to United’s spot in the top four given they were unbeaten since their last defeat to United at Old Trafford back in December when Louis van Gaal took his men to Anfield two weeks ago.
But a superb performance, followed by a victory over Aston Villa and another defeat for Liverpool means United would have to pick nine points less than their rivals come May to miss out on the final Champions League spot.