Man United scrape past Liverpool in top of the table clash

Marcus Rashford returned to the starting line-up in style as the Manchester United forward struck a match-winning brace to settle a pulsating 200th meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool.

The hotly contested race for second spot in the Premier League only added intrigue to the Saturday lunchtime duel between these traditional foes at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho may not yet fully grasp the emotion of this fixture but Rashford certainly does, with the academy graduate inspiring his hometown team to a 2-1 win as Eric Bailly’s own goal brought a nervy ending rather than a Liverpool comeback.

Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise speaking for all Reds fans who watched the first half and wondered what on earth Dejan Lovren was doing up against Manchester United’s big front man.

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford marked his first Premier League start since Boxing Day with two goals against Liverpool.

Marcus Rashford. The 20-year-old marked his first Premier League start since Boxing Day with a brilliant performance. He gave fellow youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold a torrid time in the first half and exploited the gap between the full-back and centre-half Lovren, taking his first goal expertly and adding a second with an instinctive finish.

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