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Pogba puts team first in Man Utd resurgence

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 22:12

Marcus Rashford played the final pass and Mason Greenwood applied the finish but it was Paul Pogba, toiling away at the other end of the pitch, who made Manchester United's first goal against Liverpool possible.

His role in it, stopping Roberto Firmino in his tracks on the edge of his own box and allowing his team-mates to spring forward on the break, typified the selflessness behind his recent resurgence.

Pogba's future was plunged into doubt when his agent, Mino Raiola, brazenly declared his Manchester United career was "over" in early December but it is brimming with possibility again now.

In the six weeks since, he has split his time between unfamiliar roles at the base of the midfield and the flanks and yet he has been outstanding, helping United first climb to the top of the Premier League then secure a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

He has produced moments of brilliance, most recently his stunning winner against Fulham on Wednesday, but what's most significant is that he has also shown qualities not normally associated with him.

Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer 0:38 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United side have found a way of playing that they believe in following their 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool

Tenacity, discipline, teamwork. It was all there in Sunday's 3-2 win over Liverpool. Pogba started the game alongside Scott McTominay in central midfield but he finished it on the right flank, helping to nullify the threat of the overlapping Andrew Robertson.

"I thought Paul played really well in central midfield today; he got on the ball and won tackles and headers," said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer afterwards. "But I thought he played well at Anfield too, covering [on the right] as we know Andy Robertson likes to come forward.

"For a little spell there tonight, they overpowered us a little bit with Robertson. The thinking was to get Bruno [Fernandes] and Fred's energy on and to get Paul's power and physical presence to stay with Robertson. I felt he did it perfectly."

Pogba was certainly a willing runner out on that flank, taking one for the team when he was booked for hauling down Curtis Jones as he charged towards the Manchester United box in the closing stages then rising highest to head the resulting free-kick away himself.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with the win in Manchester United's image Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Pogba's performance

But he was just as diligent in the centre of the pitch before that. When he was not stealing possession from Firmino, he was taking the ball off the toes of Mohamed Salah or forcing Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara backwards from inside United's defensive third.

It was not a one-off, either. In Premier League games since Raiola's comments, only Fred has won possession more times than Pogba among Manchester United players. Only Fred and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have made more tackles than him.

As in United's other recent games, Pogba was influential on the ball against Liverpool too, launching many of their most threatening attacks as they sought to exploit the visitors' weakness on the right side of their defence, where Rashford and Luke Shaw ripped into Rhys Williams and Trent Alexander-Arnold repeatedly.

Bruno Fernandes 0:33 Solskjaer praised Bruno Fernandes after his winning goal in Manchester United's FA Cup win over Liverpool

Pogba even had the energy to get forward and attempt five shots on goal. None of them found the target - his performance was not perfect - but the fact he managed more than any of his team-mates, on top of all the defensive work he put in over the course of the 90 minutes, underlined his all-round contribution to the victory.

Solskjaer deserves credit for his careful man-management. Another coach might have cast Pogba aside after Raiola's comments. We already know Jose Mourinho, for one, had little patience with the media circus that surrounds the club's record signing.

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But instead of being ostracised Pogba has been trusted, starting 10 of United's last 14 games in all competitions and completing the 90 minutes in all of them. "I have never had a problem with him," said Solskjaer last week. "I have been feeling very good, physically and mentally," said Pogba in an interview with Sky Sports.

If Pogba is feeling good it is because of the way in which his manager has treated him, ignoring the noise off the field and focusing on his performances. Pogba, a peripheral figure at the start of the season, now looks integral to their hopes of maintaining their form.

Manchester United supporters will feel they have been here before. This is not the first time Pogba has produced on an eye-catching run of performances over the last five years and the challenge now is to sustain it in the way he has been unable to on past occasions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer congratulates Paul Pogba at full-time at Fulham Image: Pogba scored United's winner against Fulham on Wednesday

But recent signs are certainly encouraging. Pogba is showcasing his considerable talent but he is also fulfilling the tactical demands of his manager. "We have found a way that we and the players believe in," said Solskjaer. Pogba's performances show he is one of them.

As he approaches the final year of his contract, he has given Manchester United a decision to make on his future.

There seemed little prospect of him signing a new deal after Raiola's comments at the start of December. But Pogba is putting the team first and Manchester United are feeling the benefits. Perhaps there is a future for him at Old Trafford after all.

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Issues, improvements, and actual goals – 5 talking points from Man United 3-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 20:40

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as the winless run rolls on.

Man United 3-2 Liverpool

FA Cup fourth round, Old Trafford
Sunday 24 January, 2021

Goals: Salah 19′ 58′; Greenwood 25′, Rashford 48′, Fernandes 78′

Hits and misses with rotations and returns

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah before during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner, Rhys Williams, Curtis Jones – those were the three names in the line-up who could be termed rotations, or being given their chance.

Mixed results were served up. Jones was decent at times, peripheral at others. Williams didn’t do well – more on that in a bit.

As for Milner, he was alternately way off the pace and the catalyst for us trying to win the game – driving us forward, getting caught out of position, firing over a great chance, cleverly creating Salah’s second, tackling and creating overloads and then not having the pace to do anything about it.

It was a very Milner showing, all things told – just what he’s in the team for on the ball, and just what we have to allow for off it.

So that’s what a goal looks like

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huzzah! It was a moment to cherish, yet the players only seemed to react in pretty angry fashion – with themselves or recent struggles, no doubt – when Mo clipped a beauty over Dean Henderson and into the net.

Other than the four against Villa which were scored against kids, it was a first goal in 456 minutes netted past what we might term a senior side.

The lead didn’t last too long, but it was a real pleasure to see an actual opening fashioned through a neat pass, a clever run…and to see it taken, of course.

A second for Salah was a bonus and it looked for a period as though the Reds were the more likely to win, but too few other players ever really looked capable of scoring.

Rhys and the rest

 Liverpool's Rhys Williams during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Here was perhaps the first 90-minute long showing of where Liverpool are struggling without a consistent back line.

There’s no point in skirting around the issue – Rhys Williams had a bit of a shocker. He jumped into tackles he couldn’t win because he knew he didn’t have the pace to get back from so high upfield, and erred when trying to cut the ball out for United’s second.

As commendable as his performances were against Spurs and Atalanta, here he was naive and caught out – which is understandable given his age.

But he was not the only issue, not the only underperformer.

Alisson had far from the greatest game of his life, beaten with three similar finishes into the far corners, and his playing out put us under pressure a couple of times.

Fabinho was unusually erratic and the cover from the 8s in the channels wasn’t always there – particularly obvious when Liverpool didn’t start with a normal three-man midfield.

These are all knock-on effects of the ongoing chopping and changing we’re being forced into, which were bound to catch up with the defensive work eventually. Here, they’ve cost a place in the last 16.

One in seven

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold prepare to take a free-kick during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s not always about the 90 minutes on show and this needs a wider-lens view.

Liverpool have now won one game in seven across all competitions, and that was against children.

The Palace game, our last ‘real’ win, was a long time ago now and there’s a very real need to accept the reality and stop the rot – we’ve lost three of five, not just not won them.

Perhaps we saw the first signs of how in the early stages.

Firmino was excellent with his link play this time – two assists on the day – in part because he worked hard and in part because he had support which was on the run. Two in attack through the middle gave United problems (although it also did to the Reds, when they countered our right flank).

Maybe that’s a stepping stone to how we’ll need to line up for now, tilting the balance back towards the attack rather than being solid, just to fire and bludgeon our way back to winning ways.

Twin focus

 Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So the season boils down to the league and the Champions League.

Next up is Spurs, which has quickly become a match which might define what the next few months look like: will we be looking up at the top couple from Manchester and trying to play catch-up?

Or will we be looking at Leicester, Spurs, possibly Everton and maybe even West Ham – all could be ahead of the Reds by Thursday night – and trying to play catch-up…for the top four?

This, against United, was an improved showing. It wasn’t a great showing, but it was better, with individual components to pick out and look to repeat.

But there’s a lack of confidence still with some in attack and far too many questions at the back. Come Thursday in north London, Liverpool dare not let Spurs score first.

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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s post-match press conference – Man United 3-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 20:35

Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see his side make “a lot of steps in the right direction” in their FA Cup defeat at Man United but insisted there is still a lot of work to do.

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For the second time in the space of seven days, Liverpool met Man United but this time it came with a spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup on the line.

And while it would not be the Reds who would progress, a place on the scoresheet proved to be the obvious positive for Klopp’s side – with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino combining on both occasions.

At the other end of the field, poor decision making would prove costly and see United force Alisson to pick the ball out of his net on three separate occasions.

A defeat was not on the agenda, but an improved performance was enough for the manager to see his team are moving in the right direction.

“It’s not what we wanted, so it’s frustrating. If you wanted to win tonight you had to be at your absolute top [level] and we weren’t,” Klopp told reporters post-match.

“We made a lot of steps in the right direction. Start of the game was good and then we made decisive mistakes.

“Around the first goal, we obviously had too many options offensively and no protection, so we lost the ball on the counter and it was not the first one of the game.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the second goal, to level the score 2-2, during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We wanted to score, that’s good. And we did that, we scored twice and so it’s all okay, but in the end, they scored three and we scored two.

“We can take positives out of this game, of course, I saw a lot of steps in the right direction.

“It was good preparation for the Tottenham game, we know exactly what we have to work on. We want to make steps and tonight we did, not the final ones but at the moment it is okay.

“In the end, we know it’s a result game and we want results.”

And as questions continued to focus on the lack of goals, Klopp did not want to delve too deep into it as he instead focused on the push to turn it around.

“You don’t have to worry about us, as a group we are really together,” he continued. “Nobody thinks about what has happened in the last few years, nobody, we just try to win football games again.

“What I’ve said is that if you don’t score for a while, it is not good for the confidence and the best strikers can tell you that. It’s all about how we deal with it.”

There will be hope that it can be solved in the Premier League against Tottenham on Thursday evening, which would end a four-game league run without a goal.

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Liverpool set to seal £3 million deal to sign highly rated teenager

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 20:33

Liverpool are expected to finalise their third youth signing of the winter window with Derby County teenager Kaide Gordon set to sign in a deal worth up to £3 million.

The Reds moved swiftly to bring in 17-year-old centre-back Stefan Bajcetic and 15-year-old full-back Calum Scanlon at the end of last year, as their focus on youth continues.

Bajcetic was the final overseas arrival at Kirkby before the new Brexit rules came into place in the Premier League, which will now block the signing of players under the age of 18 from abroad.

Scanlon, though, was an addition capitalising on Birmingham City’s decision to streamline their academy, with Liverpool moving to bring in the England youth international with an eye on the future.

Now, the Telegraph‘s Mike McGrath reports that Liverpool are set to pip the likes of Man United and Tottenham to the signing of Gordon from Derby.

Gordon is a 16-year-old attacker who can operate both in the middle and out wide, and would likely arrive as part of Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s under-18s squad before making the step up to Barry Lewtas’ under-23s.

The deal is said to be worth an initial fee upwards of £1 million, with a series of add-ons potentially seeing this rise to £3 million, which is a considerable outlay for a player of his age.

Gordon has already made his first-team debut for the Rams, however, coming off the bench in the final minutes of a 4-0 win at Birmingham last month.

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Afterwards, Derby manager Wayne Rooney – who himself made his Everton bow at 16 – hailed his young prospect as “one of the best trainers” within his first-team squad.

“He deserved it,” he said of Gordon’s first taste of senior football.

“I brought Kaide up with the first team initially to train with us for a week, to see how he reacted to it, to see how he was with that, and he was one of the best trainers.

“I kept him with us for a couple of weeks and he’s been training now at the same level, if not a better level, to a lot of the players.

“I spoke to the players and said ‘if you’re training hard and you train well, I’ll give you your chance’, and he deserves it.”

It should be stressed that, in terms of finances, academy signings rarely have an impact on plans for first-team acquisitions, and it is highly unlikely Liverpool are prioritising a deal for Gordon over a senior centre-back.

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Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 19:45

Jürgen Klopp felt there were some positives to be taken from Liverpool's performance, but acknowledged his side made 'decisive errors' as they were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Reds went in front after 18 minutes of the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford through a sublime dinked effort from Mohamed Salah.

The hosts levelled soon after, however, when Mason Greenwood finished a counter-attack before Marcus Rashford put them ahead after the break.

Liverpool equalised through Salah just prior to the hour mark, but Bruno Fernandes’ free-kick with 12 minutes to go settled the outcome of the contest.

Afterwards, Klopp answered questions from reporters in his post-match press conference. Read on for a summary of what he had to say.

On going out of the tournament…

It’s not what we wanted, so it’s frustrating. If you want to win tonight, you have to play at your absolute top. We weren’t on our absolute top, but we made a lot of steps in the right direction. The start of the game was good, but then we made decisive mistakes; around the first goal United scored, we had too many options offensively and no protection. We lost the ball and then there was a counter-attack. It was not the first counter-attack in the game, so we have to improve that. You could see the boys really wanted to change the fortune, they wanted to score goals and that’s good. We did that, we scored twice, which is good as well. That’s all OK but in the end they scored three, we scored two and they are through and we are not. That’s a fact as well. We can take positives out of this game, of course – I saw a lot of steps in the right direction and that’s all good. It was good preparation for the Tottenham game with their counter-attacking threat. We know exactly what we have to work on. If you are in a situation you don’t like, you want to get out of it. We want to get out of it and for that we have to make steps. Tonight we made these steps – not the final ones, but we made steps and that’s for the moment OK.

On scoring twice after going four matches without finding the net…

Of course, of course we take that. We scored two goals, we had other situations where we could have scored as well. We had other situations where we created really well against a deep-defending block, so that is good. There were a lot of good things but it’s a result game and we need results. If we scored two then that should not then mean we concede three. There were obvious mistakes around the goals: the first, protecting, the second, a mishit of the ball and the third, your colleagues told me now it was not a foul. I didn’t see it so I cannot change that, but the free-kick they got, the journalist said it might not be a foul but I didn’t see it back. That’s how it is, you have to stay stubborn in moments like this. You have to do the right stuff again and again and we will. If you want to change something you have to work hard and that’s what we will do.

On trusting the players to improve their form and deliver results...

There’s no doubt about my trust. But trust doesn’t mean we are not critical of ourselves, it’s not that I say, ‘You did everything right in the last few years so now I don’t care if you made some mistakes.’ That’s not like this. We are really in the situation 100 per cent. But you don’t have to worry about us, as a group we are really together. We know it. If I have a problem, we have a problem. If one player has a problem, we have a problem. That’s all our problem at the moment so we have to sort it together and that’s what we will do. Nobody thinks about the very good things that happened in the last few years – nobody. We are just in this moment and try to win football games again. That’s all.

On whether confidence is an issue…

I don’t want to make that every week now. Tonight I didn’t see any confidence problems. But what we said is when you don’t score for a while it’s not good for the confidence, obviously. The best strikers in the world can tell you they all had moments when they didn’t score with each chance. But it’s all about how you deal with it. We are on it, believe me, and we will sort that.

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Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 19:45
Jürgen Klopp felt there were some positives to be taken from Liverpool's performance, but acknowledged his side made 'decisive errors' as they were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday.
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Match report: Reds edged out by United in FA Cup fourth round

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 18:59

Liverpool exited the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in their fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday.

A sublime dink by Mohamed Salah opened the scoring on 18 minutes but Mason Greenwood quickly equalised for the home team and Marcus Rashford earned them a lead early in the second half.

Salah got the Reds back on level terms before the hour, only for a Bruno Fernandes free-kick 12 minutes from time to gain United a place in the last 16.

Team news

Jürgen Klopp opted for five changes to his starting XI as Rhys Williams came into central defence and James Milner captained the side from midfield.

Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones and Salah were also brought in to form Liverpool’s front three.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R. Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago (Shaqiri, 81), Wijnaldum (Mane, 62), Milner, Jones, Salah, Firmino (Origi, 81).

Unused substitutes: Kelleher, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Phillips, N. Williams.

First half

An opening 10 minutes of harmless sparring was interrupted when Greenwood drew a save from Alisson Becker, who was making his first FA Cup appearance.

Greenwood drove into space along the right-hand side and, as the angle narrowed and passing options decreased, shoved a low shot that Alisson cleared with his foot.

Liverpool were enjoying a fair share of the ball, though, and they made that possession count with a clinical opening goal in the 18th minute.

Firmino turned into space in the centre of the United half and guided a perfect pass behind Victor Lindelof to the run of Salah, who moved into the box and deftly lifted a right-footer over Dean Henderson and into the net.

Jones then rifled an effort straight at Henderson from distance, before Trent Alexander-Arnold was off target from a 20-yard free-kick, as the visitors sought to increase their lead.

It was United who struck next, however.

From a counter-attack, Rashford’s high, swinging pass from the left wing evaded Milner’s attempt to clear and released Greenwood to control and sweep a finish across Alisson into the bottom corner.

Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay consecutively headed over the crossbar from corners, and the former clipped a set-piece and a further shot wide as the interval arrived with the score still 1-1.

Second half

United landed an early blow in the second half as Rashford netted just three minutes after the restart.

The England striker capitalised fully as Williams was unable to cut out Greenwood’s hooked pass over the Liverpool defence, running through in the left channel to slot the ball beyond Alisson.

But Liverpool were undeterred and might have levelled on 58 when Thiago Alcantara’s delivery into the area fell loose for Milner, who scooped his effort too high on the stretch.

From the subsequent goal-kick, though, the No.7 kick-started an equaliser.

Milner won possession in United territory, fed Firmino on the left edge of the box and dummied the return pass into the middle, allowing Salah to tuck the ball between Henderson’s legs and restore parity.

Henderson had to punch away an Alexander-Arnold blast as the visitors mounted more pressure, and Klopp soon sent on Sadio Mane in place of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Salah threatened a hat-trick when he was once again freed in behind by a Firmino pass, but the Egyptian’s low nudge off his right boot was blocked by Henderson.

Instead, it was the hosts who secured the fifth and decisive goal of the afternoon.

Liverpool were aggrieved by the award of a free-kick as Fabinho and Edinson Cavani tussled at the edge of the area, and substitute Fernandes whipped it into the bottom right corner for 3-2.

The Reds kept pushing for another equaliser – while Cavani sent a header against the post – but it did not materialise and their FA Cup hopes were ended for 2020-21.

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Match report: Reds edged out by United in FA Cup fourth round

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 18:59
Liverpool exited the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in their fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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Fernandes free-kick settles pulsating FA Cup tie

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 18:53

Bruno Fernandes fired Manchester United into the FA Cup fifth round as his 78th-minute free-kick earned his side a 3-2 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Liverpool's poor form continued at the home of the fierce rivals; they have now failed to progress beyond the fourth round in five of their six seasons under Jurgen Klopp and the Premier League champions have recorded one win in their last seven games in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the perfect start with a sublime finish (18) but Mason Greenwood levelled eight minutes later following a sweeping move.

Marcus Rashford completed the turnaround with his fourth Old Trafford goal against Liverpool (48) but Salah restored parity after running onto Roberto Firmino's pass (58).

The stage was set for Fernandes, who settled the tie 12 minutes after his introduction with a venomous free-kick from the edge of the box to set up a fifth-round tie at home to West Ham next month.

Mo Salah is congratulated after scoring his second goal of the game to level for Liverpool against Manchester United Image: Mo Salah is congratulated after scoring his second goal of the game to level for Liverpool against Manchester United Player ratings

Man Utd: Henderson (6), Wan Bissaka (6), Lindelof (6), Maguire (6), Shaw (7), Pogba (8), McTominay (6), Greenwood (7), Van de Beek (6), Rashford (8), Cavani (7).

Subs: Fred (7), Bruno Fernandes (7), Martial (n/a).

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Williams (5), Fabinho (6), Robertson (6), Milner (7), Thiago (7), Wijnaldum (7), Jones (6), Salah (7), Firmino (7).

Subs: Mane (6), Shaqiri (n/a), Origi (n/a).

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford.

Fernandes steals headlines in thriller

United entered the tie unbeaten in their last seven home games against Liverpool in all competitions since a 3-0 loss in March 2014. Last weekend's stalemate failed to inspire, but Liverpool came to Old Trafford dressed in hyper turquoise, and this fourth-round tie lived up to the hype.

The clash got off to an intense, end-to-end start, with Liverpool finding the breakthrough in the 18th minute. Firmino threaded a pass between Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof to Salah, who was played onside by the latter and coolly lifted the ball over Dean Henderson.

Mo Salah opens the scoring for Liverpool at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round Image: Mo Salah opens the scoring for Liverpool at Old Trafford

United have won seven of nine league games having conceded the first goal, collecting 21 points from losing positions, and they made it 1-1 in the 26th minute. Greenwood had already had two half chances, failing to trouble Alisson, but his luck would change.

Team news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes for Manchester United's FA Cup fourth-round clash with rivals Liverpool. Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford came into the starting line-up, as did Dean Henderson and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also made five alterations on Sunday, with Rhys Williams, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones brought in.

Paul Pogba broke up a Liverpool attack and Donny van de Beek sent a quick pass as the hosts raced forwards, with Rashford darting down the left before cutting back and sending a fine diagonal ball over to Greenwood on the right. The teenager matched the play with his unerring finish, firing right-footed across Alisson.

With 19 FA Cup titles between them, it was clear both managers were desperate to reach round five, and the first half drew to a close with Pogba and Scott McTominay heading over presentable chances from two Shaw corners.

Marcus Rashford scores to put Manchester United 2-1 ahead in their FA Cup tie with Liverpool Image: Marcus Rashford scores to put Manchester United 2-1 ahead in their FA Cup tie with Liverpool

Sky Sports' Nick Wright said: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has clearly instructed his side to target the right-hand side of Liverpool's defence. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Rhys Williams look extremely vulnerable up against Rashford and Shaw."

Shaw created three times as many chances as any other United player in the opening period but Jurgen Klopp stuck with his same starting XI for the restart - and three minutes later, his side were behind.

Shaw began the move as his throw-in was collected in midfield by Edinson Cavani, who rode the challenge of Thiago and found Greenwood. Rhys Williams failed to clear Greenwood's first time ball, which allowed Rashford to race through and coolly turn past Alisson.

Mason Greenwood equalises for Manchester United against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round tie Image: Mason Greenwood equalises for Manchester United against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth-round tie

Liverpool reacted well to falling behind, however, and James Milner was left holding his head in his hands after scooping over from close range.

But the 35-year-old midfielder soon helped Liverpool level as they capitalised on uncharacteristically sloppy Cavani play, with Milner leaving Firmino's cross for Salah to sweep home.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified that Liverpool were in the ascendancy and duly turned to Fernandes on his bench. Twelve minutes later, Fabinho gave United a chance with the clock winding down after fouling Cavani on the edge of the box.

The Brazil international avoided a second yellow card but Fernandes would carry out the ultimate punishment. The Portugal midfielder pulled rank and buried his 28th goal for United to provide a classic FA Cup tie with the match-winning strike it deserved.

Man of the match - Marcus Rashford

4 - Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in five appearances against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the most goals he has scored against any opponent at the venue. Dreamy. pic.twitter.com/jiniW0Phy9

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2021

Rashford endured a frustrating afternoon at Anfield last weekend but he so often enjoys his duels with Liverpool on home soil.

He received a 5 in Sky Sports' player ratings seven days ago having been deployed, by quite some distance, as United's furthest-forward player, showing a "baffling indiscipline with the offside rule".

But here, back out in his preferred role on the left, he mesmerised in tandem with Shaw. Trent Alexander-Arnold had a torrid time containing him.

What the managers said   Image: Fernandes celebrates his knockout blow to settle the contest on Sunday

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "It's fantastic to win games against last year's champions - they are a fantastic team and we have had good results over the past couple of years playing different systems but today we played well and won on our terms.

"We have found a way that we and the players believe in and we are getting stronger and stronger. Our mentality to come back from 1-0 down. We have shown it so many times this season. Physically we have got stronger and stronger and lasted to the end of games a lot more.

Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer 0:38 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United side have found a way of playing that they believe in, following their 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool.

"We look at the difference of a year ago and six months back... you cannot take too many big strides at any one point, but layer by layer we are getting better and better, winning tight games. The morale and confidence of course is very good.

For us it's a good feeling to play on our terms. We have had some good results over the last few years, playing with the diamond or with a 3-5-2... different systems to nullify opponents but to win today with a positive selection and in the way we see our team, that's a statement to ourselves.

"That's the confidence boost that we can match the best with our style of football."

Mo Salah opens the scoring for Liverpool at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round Image: Mo Salah opens the scoring for Liverpool at Old Trafford

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "It's not what we wanted so it's always frustrating. If we wanted to win today, we had to be at the absolute top of our game but we made a lot of steps in the right direction. We started the game well, and then we made decisive mistakes. We had not enough protection for United's first goal, but it's good that my team likes to go forward and score goals.

"In the end, they scored three and we scored two but we can take positives out of this game. We know exactly what we need to work on, but we have to make steps. We made big steps tonight, which for the moment is OK.

Bruno Fernandes 0:33 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Bruno Fernandes after his winning goal in Manchester United's FA Cup win over Liverpool.

"We scored twice and we had other situations where we created well against a deep defending block. We made obvious mistakes around the goals, and with the third, your colleagues tell me it wasn't a foul but I didn't see it. I was told that it might not have been a foul for the free-kick but that's how it is. If you want to change something you have to work hard and that's what we'll do.

"There's no doubt about my trust in the players, but we need to be critical on ourselves. As a group, we are really together. If we have problems, we have to solve it together. Nobody is thinking about the very good things of the past few years. We are in this moment, and all we can is try to win football games. Tonight, I didn't see any confidence problems but obviously if we don't score for a while it's not good for confidence. It's about how you deal with it."

 Sunday January 24, 2021. 1:19 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was encouraged by his side's performance in their 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. Liverpool's wait for Old Trafford win goes on - Opta stats Georginio Wijnaldum has a shot on goal under pressure from Luke Shaw Image: Georginio Wijnaldum has a shot on goal under pressure from Luke Shaw
  • Manchester United have eliminated Liverpool from the FA Cup proper for the 10th time; in the competition's history, only Liverpool themselves (12 v Everton) have knocked a particular side out more times (including finals).
  • Liverpool have won just one of their last 15 matches at Old Trafford in all competitions (D4 L10), and are winless in their last eight at the ground (D4 L4).
  • Manchester United have won each of their last eight home games in the FA Cup; only from 1908 to 1912 have they had a better winning run on home soil in the competition (9 games).
  • Liverpool are the first reigning Premier League champion to be eliminated from the FA Cup as early as the fourth round since Manchester City in 2014-15.
  • Liverpool have lost back-to-back games in all competitions for the first time since March 2020.
FA Cup 2020/21 - key dates and draw

The FA Cup schedule has been confirmed, with the final set to take place at Wembley on Saturday May 15.

There will be no replays this season to help ease fixture congestion.

  • Fifth round: Wednesday February 10
  • Quarter-finals: Saturday March 20
  • Semi-finals: Saturday April 17
  • Final: Saturday May 15

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 15:44

Liverpool make five changes for the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United.

Rhys Williams begins in defence at Old Trafford, while James Milner returns in midfield.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones are also drafted into the starting line-up for the champions.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R. Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner, Jones, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Kelleher, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Phillips, N. Williams.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Manchester United

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 15:44
Liverpool make five changes for the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United.
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Jurgen Klopp: “Sometimes you need a really low point to change things properly”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 10:45

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes his side have hit their lowest point and can now start to bounce back.

The Reds boss insists his players have not “changed overnight” despite the defeat to Burnley ending a 68-match unbeaten home league run after a fourth successive game without a goal.

Their challenge only gets harder with an FA Cup trip to Manchester United, but Klopp wants to believe they have reached their nadir and can start to climb out of the slump.

“We lost that game and it was a really low point. It’s not that I thought, ‘who cares?’,” he said.

“When I think back I can’t find a reason why we lost that game but we lost it. It happened and sometimes you need a really low point to change things properly and that’s for sure [what] we will go for now.

“If we would have won in a bad game the world would have said, ‘OK, it’s not the football they usually play but they are back on the result path’, but in the long term it would not help.

“It can be a real help if we use it. I can imagine what a lot of people think about us in the moment.

“But people don’t change overnight. People sometimes face challenges they are not immediately ready for and sometimes you don’t even know a challenge will come up.

“But this is a challenge didn’t want to have. Was it absolutely impossible it could happen? No, especially in the situation we are.

“[The players] are still brilliant people and brilliant characters, all of them.

“All of them made happen what happened in the last few years and they don’t change overnight. It is still a really good group.”

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Forward Mohamed Salah was on the bench for the first hour of the Burnley defeat but will be unleashed against United as the Premier League’s leading goalscorer looks to improve a run of one goal – against Aston Villa’s youth team in the previous round – in six matches.

In an interview published in Spain just before Christmas the Egypt international spoke about his disappointment over not being made captain for the Champions League dead rubber against Midtjylland, while also expressing his admiration for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

It has been widely viewed as a negotiating tactic to get an improvement on a contract which does not expire until 2023 but, as a result, he is asked about his future in every media interview he now gives.

Klopp insists that speculation is not a distraction for the player or the team.

“That’s a normal thing in the world of football. He didn’t have a speech, it is not that we go out and talk about things which are important, it is pretty rare that happens,” he said.

“We get asked questions and then we answer. It always sounds like we started the conversation but in most cases it is not like that.

“I don’t think it will distract the season.”

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5 classic FA Cup meetings between Liverpool and Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 10:00

A heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford was the pick of the ties in the FA Cup fourth-round draw.

English football’s two most successful clubs have been paired in the competition 12 times, United dominating with nine wins to Liverpool’s three.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five of their classic FA Cup meetings.

1976/77: Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool (Final)

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Liverpool were chasing the Treble and had already won the league title before turning up at Wembley on May 21, 1977. Bob Paisley’s side had a European Cup final date against Borussia Monchengladbach four days later, but the second part of their mission was ruined as United sprang a surprise.

The three goals came in a four-minute spell at the start of the second half, with Stuart Pearson firing United ahead before Jimmy Case equalised brilliantly.

Two minutes later Tommy Docherty’s United were back in front when Lou Macari’s drive deflected off Jimmy Greenhoff’s chest.

Liverpool went on to win their first European Cup in Rome, but United became the first English club to win the treble of league, FA Cup and European Cup 22 years later.

1995/96: Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool (Final)

Jamie Redknapp, FA Cup Final 1996

The brightest thing about the 1996 final was Liverpool’s cream suits as the so-called ‘Spice Boys’ served up a pre-game fashion blunder.

On the pitch, United were the trendsetters with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side having overtaken Newcastle in the final straight to win the Premier League title and were chasing a second Double in three seasons.

The May 11 clash was a tight affair of few chances. But, with five minutes remaining, David James tried to punch a corner clear and the ball fell to the feet of Eric Cantona.

The maverick French forward delivered an unerring finish to take the cup back to Old Trafford for the ninth time.

1998/99: Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool (Fourth round)

The fourth-round clash at Old Trafford on January 24, 1999 was billed as the battle of the strikers, with United’s in-sync double act Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke taking on Liverpool’s sharp-shooters Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler.

It was advantage Liverpool when Owen headed them ahead after three minutes.

United turned the screw in the second half with captain Roy Keane hitting the post twice. Just when it looked as if was not going to be United’s day, Yorke equalised two minutes from time.

Super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the current United manager, then scored a dramatic winner to send Old Trafford wild.

2005/06: Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd (Fifth round)

 Liverpool Peter Crouch celebrates scoring the winning goal against Manchester United during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Peter Crouch was the man responsible for pitting the Premier League’s top two together at the fourth-round draw on Monday evening.

Crouch found himself in the doghouse with his Liverpool-supporting father-in-law, but 15 years ago he was the hero on the red half of Merseyside with his fifth-round winner at Anfield.

Crouch headed home Steve Finnan’s cross after 19 minutes to give Rafael Benitez’s side a deserved place in the quarter-finals.

It was Liverpool’s first FA Cup win over United in 85 years and United’s misery was compounded as substitute Alan Smith suffered a broken leg in bizarre circumstances, blocking a free-kick, late on.

2011/12: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United (Fourth round)

The build-up to the fourth-round clash on January 28, 2012 – the last time the two clubs met in the FA Cup – was dominated by an incident involving Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and United defender Patrice Evra in the Premier League game at Anfield the previous October.

Suarez had been banned for eight games by the Football Association for racially abusing Evra.

Daniel Agger headed Liverpool into a 21st-minute lead, but Park Ji-sung levelled with a powerful shot before half-time.

The tie seemed destined for a replay at Old Trafford before Dirk Kuyt struck two minutes from time to send the Reds into the last 16.

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Liverpool and Man Utd to go head-to-head in Upamecano transfer chase

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 09:40

Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly set to 'go head-to-head' for the signing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with a host of European clubs also watching the in-demand Frenchman.

Klopp is an admirer of Upamecano and sees the 22-year-old as 'a natural future partner for Van Dijk' at the heart of his defence but must match the swift moves made by United, according to the Mirror.

Upamecano has a £38million release clause inserted into his contract with Leizpig, which officially comes into play at the end of the current campaign.

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Liverpool and Man Utd to go head-to-head in Upamecano transfer chase

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 09:40

Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly set to 'go head-to-head' for the signing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with a host of European clubs also watching the in-demand Frenchman.

Klopp is an admirer of Upamecano and sees the 22-year-old as 'a natural future partner for Van Dijk' at the heart of his defence but must match the swift moves made by United, according to the Mirror.

Upamecano has a £38million release clause inserted into his contract with Leizpig, which officially comes into play at the end of the current campaign.

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This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool and Man Utd to go head-to-head in Upamecano transfer chase

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“The most demanding role” – Carragher doubts he could have played centre-back for today’s Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 09:00

Jamie Carragher has described centre-back as “the most demanding position on the pitch” in today’s game, doubting he could have played in Liverpool’s current system.

The Reds find themselves in a tough situation at centre-back this campaign, with injuries seeing a merry-go-round of stand-ins at the back as Fabinho takes up a regular role.

In the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, who proved so solid alongside one another in recent seasons, Jurgen Klopp has been required to tweak his setup to accommodate those brought in.

There have still been times when the likes of Fabinho, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have been caught short given the nature of Liverpool’s high line – most notably for Louie Barry’s goal in the FA Cup third-round win over Aston Villa.

This has made the Reds’ pursuit of a new centre-back more difficult, with Carragher assessing the role as the “most demanding” in football due to how multi-faceted players are required to be.

“Centre-back now is the most demanding position on the pitch,” he told the Training Ground Guru Podcast.

“We expect a centre-back to be able to start attacks, play great football; we expect our centre-backs to be able to defend on the halfway line with space in behind, so you’ve got to be quick.

“Can he defend one-vs-one, because full-backs push on?

“So we ask so much from centre-backs at this moment in the game.

“Would I have been comfortable playing on the halfway line every week? I don’t think I would.

“I don’t think I was that type of defender, I would have had to have adapted to the modern game. You always believe you can adapt, I think most players feel that. But who knows?”

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Carragher, therefore, has doubts over whether he could have slotted into a high defensive line such as that deployed by Klopp today, having spent the majority of his career operating in a more traditional role.

Of his 737 appearances for Liverpool, the No. 23 played 326 times for Rafa Benitez and 258 for Gerard Houllier, with 43 outings at the start of his senior career under the attacking Roy Evans and 38 in the season prior to his retirement under Brendan Rodgers.

This showed Carragher the “extremes” of the centre-back role, but he continued to suggest he largely flourished due to the outlook of his two long-term managers.

“I played for two managers in Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier, who I won most of my trophies with, and they were certainly not managers who wanted their back four on the halfway line and pushing up as much,” he said.

“We used to look to counter-attack opposition at different times as well.

“We played lots of different ways with different managers I had.

“Going from the extreme of the Boot Room with Roy Evans, total football, and finishing my Liverpool career like that with Brendan Rodgers, and in between having two foreign managers, Houllier and Benitez, who favoured maybe more of a defensive side of a setup.

“I got both sides of it, really.”

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Match Centre: Manchester United v Liverpool - FA Cup build-up

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 09:00

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Visit our Match Centre to follow live and interactive build-up, updates and reaction as Liverpool face Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.
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