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Liverpool vs Manchester United Player ratings: Who starred, who struggled?

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool will head to the Old Trafford with a commanding lead after securing an impressive victory against their arch rivals in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 ties.

Goals either side of the half sunk a pathetic Manchester United, who now will have it all to do if they really have a dream to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals next week.

So who starred, who struggled on Thursday night?

Here are our player ratings from the match at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL       

Simon Mignolet: 6

Rarely troubled by Manchester United attack and dealt with the one or two decent crosses which came his way last night.

Nathaniel Clyne: 7

Certainly a dangerous threat from the right going forward, even forced a strong save from De Gea, with winning the opening penalty.

Dejan Lovren: 6.5

Stayed absolutely calm, wrestled quite well with strikers, with decent passing. Remained rock solid in the heart of defence.

Mamadou Sakho: 6.5

Only a first-half heart flutter once but otherwise a strong display from Sakho. Showed aggression compiled with strength, but not that much ball skill.

Alberto Moreno: 6

Once again lively when getting forward; didn’t able to get a final ball in but an energetic display for sure.

Jordan Henderson: 7

Fine clinical display with full energy, and also played an important role in the second goal.

Emre Can: 8

One of his best performances for Liverpool patrolling in the middle. Won plenty of tackles, showed high pass accuracy with great commitment.

Philippe Coutinho: 6.5

Bright and busy throughout, but should have scored past David De Gea before the break from close range.

Adam Lallana: 8

Displayed real quality and was successful in creating chances in tight spaces. Worked so hard to make things happen and often did it in style.

Roberto Firmino: 8.5

He actually ran the show in first half and beginning to look the real deal for Anfield as he now looks at home in Liverpool. His goal pouncing on Carrick error was just the icing on the cake of an influential display.

Daniel Sturridge: 7

Converted the penalty coolly; didn’t show a huge influence, sometimes lacked sharpness  but looks to be building his fitness.

Substitutes:

Joe Allen (for Sturridge, 64 mins): 7

Came on to shore things up when Sturridge was withdrawn and produced a very energetic display for his 25 minutes.

Origi (for Firmino, 83 mins)

MANCHESTER UNITED

David De Gea: 8.5

Certainly the best Red Devil by a mile. The tie would be all but over if not for the Spaniard. Man of the Match performance.

Guillermo Varela: 6

Was handed out the job to track Coutinho, did okay on a very inexperienced right under intense pressure.

Chris Smalling: 5.5

Stacked it in the box to gift Sturridge a big first-half chance, improved a bit in the second half. Has had better nights.

Daley Blind: 6

A versatile display, stayed neat in the middle before moving to the left in the second-half. His calm authority was useful.

Marcos Rojo: 5

A bit of an erratic display with a quiet game going forward but worked hard throughout.

Marcus Rashford: 5.5

Posted on the right and it was a tough night for the impressive youngster, looked struggling to cope up with the atmosphere. However pulled at half-time.

Marouane Fellaini: 5.5

Although a functional display but a class below Liverpool’s midfield. Wasted a good second-half header opportunity. Also, could be in trouble for an off-the-ball elbow missed by the referee.

Morgan Schneiderlin: 5.5

United are generally a better side with him in the middle, but, this time, didn’t manage to assert himself at Anfield. Over-ran a little in the first half.

Memphis Depay: 5

Gave away the penalty with unnecessary tackle and although he gave some fleeting moments in attack, it wasn’t enough. Looked more effective when switched down the middle.

Juan Mata: 5.5

All Manchester United’s attacking players found the going very tough. He actually got more involved and a little more time on the ball in the second-half.

Anthony Martial: 6

Earnest in a tough job but not a night to be the lone striker for the Red Devils.

Substitutes:

Carrick (for Rashford, 46 mins): 5

He was at fault for Liverpool’s second.

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