Fantastic result. The football wasn’t what Manchester United fans wanted to see over the full 90 minutes but performances are largely irrelevant so long as the points are on the board.
Daley Blind‘s goal was straight from the training ground and it was great to see something like that paying off.
Ander Herrera‘s penalty was also superb. Any penalty that hits the roof of the net before the back of it deserves a round of applause.
Manchester United predictably slow in attack. Possession means nothing without penetration going forward and that’s been the story of Man United’s season so far.
Liverpool could hardly string a pass out from the back at all but United didn’t do anything in the first half to try and exploit that? Why not? It’s almost like we were scared to lose the ball.
The result doesn’t change the fact that United need to be more direct in attack with more pace.
Can Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger play together? Both are great midfielders but extremely similar in their playing style, which doesn’t involve much running, so it gave United no running midfielders from deep. That made us predictable going forward and very cumbersome.
Matteo Darmian is a wonderful player. Deservedly named United’s Player of the Month for August, Darmian was once again imperious at right-back.
His tackles were perfectly timed and almost flawless throughout the full 90 minutes and going forward he always makes himself available for a pass.
United really look like they have got a player who can become one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.
Welcome to Manchester United Anthony Martial. What. A. Debut. That is all.