Wayne Rooney scored his 176th goal for Manchester United, breaking Henry’s record for the most scored goal in a single club, to help the Red Devils edge past Liverpool in one of the EPL’s most heated derby at Anfield Road, where Liverpool dominated throughout the game, but failed to score as they were matched by an impressive De Gea in goal, then were stunned by a thunderbolt from Rooney on the 78th minute.
Liverpool created their first chance thru Lallana in the first half, as his header was palmed away by De Gea, only for Firmino to send the rebound across goal and into goal-kick. United were transparent in the first half as they had to deal with waves of Liverpool assaults, and sat deep in their own half without being able to threaten at the other end. To make thing worst, Young had to limp off with 3 minutes of the half remaining, replaced by Borthwick-Jackson, who eventually had a very decent entrance and played well on his left side in the second half as well.
Liverpool created more chances in the second half, as first Can saw his low shot squirm between the legs of De Gea but failing to end in the net, then Henderson had a try straight at De Gea. In between these 2 attempts, Martial had United’s first shot well wide off target on the hour mark as it was the first time United managed to counter-attack the Reds. De Gea was called into two quick saves as the game went on, first denying Can with a diving save, then pushing away Firmino’s lobbed attempt on the rebound. Then came the fateful 78th minute, when Martial went on another quick-counter, and Touré sent the ball for a corner-kick. Blind and Mata combined to take it, with the latter’s cross initially met by Fellaini, but the ball went on to hit the bar and drop back into play, straight to an unmarked Rooney who unleashed a powerful volley past Mignolet to send the visiting fans and definitely all the United followers around the globe in ecstasy. It was certainly not the most beautiful win for the Red Devils, but a very precious one despite a mediocre display, as they moved up to 5th place in the table. Yet, LVG and Co. have more work to do if they really want to get in the Top 4 again.