Liverpool defeated Manchester United today 2-0 with goals by Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah. The men from Merseyside now have a 16-point lead at the top of the table.
Liverpool are still unbeaten this season with 21 wins from 22 games. United is the only team to take points of them after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October. They look virtually unstoppable now, and with a large lead at the top of the table its their title to lose now.
Virgil Van Dijk grabbed the first goal for Liverpool when he leapt over Brandon Williams from a corner by Trent Alexander Arnold and placed a powerful header past United goalie David De Gea. The goal came at the 14th minute mark and it wasn’t the kind of start that United wanted. From there on Liverpool’s confidence just continued to grow.
Roberto Firmino thought that he had made it 2-0 when on 24 minutes his curling shot bulged the net. But Van Dijk’s challenge on De Gea was ruled out to be a foul after a review by VAR. Georginio Wijnaldum had his goal disallowed after the linesman judged him to be offside.
United’s best opportunity was a cross from Aaron-Wan-Bissaka across the six-yard box, which was just out of reach of the arriving Andreas Pereira at the far post. Anthony Martial also smashed his shot over the bar in the 58th minute following a quick on-two with Pereira.
Then the killer goal came when Mohamed Salah scored on a breakaway in injury time that sealed the game for good.
As a Manchester United fan I have to be realistic. This wasn’t a game that United was going to win with the fantastic form that Liverpool are in at the moment. We just don’t have a team that is capable of challenging Liverpool or even Leicester right now.
I hope that we can sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon this month. We definitely need him because not only for the many goals he scores, but for his creativity too. Now there is even more bad news for United with the news that Marcus Rashford will be sidelined for at least 6 weeks plus rehabilitation time because of a double stress fracture in his back.
That’s big blow for us because he has 19 goals for so far in all competitions. Now, Ole said that he will look at some short-term options before the transfer window shuts on January 31. Manchester United needs at least 5 or 6 very good players if we are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title and all the cup competitions next season.