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13 Quickfire Conclusions As Shaqiri Brace Puts United To The Sword

Liverpool climbed above Manchester City at the top of the table following their impressive 3-1 victory over rivals Manchester United.

The home side started like a house on fire and grabbed the opener through a tidy finish from Sadio Mane after a delightful clip over the top from Fabinho.

United equalised against the run of play however following an error from Alisson as he spilt the ball straight into the path of Jesse Lingard who finished well.

The game, however, was settled in the second half and it was a substitute who won it for the Reds, two goals from Xherdan Shaqiri meant that Liverpool made in 18 games unbeaten in the Premier League.

As Liverpool celebrate an excellent win let’s take a look at 13 quickfire conclusions from the Merseyside club’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United

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1) An obvious one to start but the movement of Liverpool’s front three is frightening. Their ability to always find space and make runs to receive passes from their midfielders or defenders is excellent. As fluid an attack as you’ll see anywhere in Europe.

2) Manchester United’s midfield was non-existent for the majority of the game. They were constantly getting overran by Liverpool and simply couldn’t get a foothold in the game and gain control of the ball.

3) Nemanja Matic was the main culprit. Static, slow and off the pace. The game absolutely passed him by.

4) From hero midweek to villain this week, it goes without saying that Alisson certainly should have done better for Jesse Lingard’s goal. 

5) Fabinho looks as though he has settled nicely into Liverpool’s midfield after a slow start to his career in English football. The Brazilian looks calm and composed in possession with the ability to pick out a pass as he showed for Mane’s goal.

6) Romelu Lukaku continues to struggle up top for Manchester United. He has to fight for absolutely everything and never looks comfortable in possession or making runs. The Belgian almost makes everything look incredibly hard.

7) Bringing Marouane Fellaini on can be an effective move from Mourinho and so frequently is as the Belgian brings something a lot of other players for Manchester United don’t. However, Mourinho’s decision to replace Dalot who had been playing wingback and switch Lingard to that position was the wrong move. So often Lingard tucked further in field and allowed Andy Robertson the freedom of Anfield.

8) All credit to Lingard though as he once again came up with an important goal in a big game for Manchester United. 

9) Credit must also go to Sadio Mane for his cool finish in the first half. The Liverpool forward missed a handful of solid chances against Napoli midweek but bounced back well against Manchester United.

10) Xherdan Shaqiri has proven to be a tremendous addition to Liverpool’s squad. The Swiss winger brings something different whenever he appears, and his two goals proved that today.

11) In a game that was crying out for some quality from the away side, Mourinho’s stubbornness meant that Martial was only introduced with 10 minutes to go and Pogba never featured at all.

12) On the basis of his lack of playing time in this game, it could mean that Pogba is finally on his way out of the club.

13) Another disappointing result in a big game for Mourinho and United as the gap to the top four continues to widen. It’s difficult to see where the Portuguese goes from here at the club.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]