A 2-1 from the old one-two, in multiple ways. Manchester United came out on top in this battle for second place, as Marcus Rashford scored twice to show why he should be in the first team.
What happens next is of course what this match with Liverpool was really about, rather than a relatively meaningless second place. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had their momentum stopped, and looked so much less forceful than at any time this year. They also looked less like the Champions League winners they’ve been talked up as.
Rashford meanwhile got his first goals of that year, to make it three wins in a row for United, and the second of that run against a top-six side. This was probably the most commanding and forceful of those wins, and mostly came down to how well Jose Mourinho’s gameplan paid off. That it happened without the injured Paul Pogba – forced out because of a cut received in training on the eve of the game – was all the more encouraging for the manager, all the more pointed. It might even have suited Mourinho, at least for this game, as much as any issues with the midfielder going forward