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Premier League: Marcus Rashford’s Double Sinks Liverpool As Manchester United Win

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| March 12 , 2018 , 15:51 IST

England striker Marcus Rashford rattled the Liverpool defence, as he scored two quickfire goals in a Manchester United win on Saturday. United won 2-1 in a closely fought encounter.

The 20-year old Rashford was handed his first start in the Premier League since December 26, 2017, by manager Jose Mourinho and he duly delivered by a clinical display. This win takes United 5 points above Liverpool in the Premier League table where both teams were placed second and third respectively.

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Jose Mourinho had dropped the creative midfield hub of the team Paul Pogba for attacking midfielder Juan Mata. The gamble paid off as United showcased a swashbuckling display of attacking the football in the first half, confusing the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who expected the usual defensive United.

A Romelu Lukaku knockdown from David de Gea's goal-kick was all the invitation Marcus Rashford needed to run at the Liverpool goal. He seamlessly turned his direction at the last juncture to curve one past the keeper to take the lead in the 14th minute.

He doubled the advantage soon in the 24th minute by scoring another goal in a similar fashion.

United didn’t stop there and kept on attacking, coming extremely close when a Juan Mata bicycle kick edged past the post.

Even though Liverpool survived the first half onslaught and held on, the story of the second half was a complete opposite.

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Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino tried their all to penetrate the tight-knit United defence.

However, their attempts were to no avail except for an Eric Bailly own goal, Liverpool didn’t manage to mount a significant charge and lost the match.

United manager Jose Mourinho in the post-match interview claimed he didn’t care what people thought of their second-half performance as the victory is the most important result in football.

Elsewhere, Arsenal kept their winning momentum up as they bulldozed their way past minnow Watford by scoring three past them. Tottenham Hotspurs had to come from a goal behind to dispatch four past Bournemouth in a convincing win. Chelsea scrambled to a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.