After United beat Liverpool at Anfield, the top four is for United’s to lose as they enjoy a five point lead over Liverpool. Couple of goals from Juan Mata and a late consolation from Sturridge meant United won the game 2-1. In his last clash with Manchester United, Steven Gerrard got sent off just 43 seconds after coming on as a half time substitute. Let us look at the player ratings from the match:

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 7.5/10

He saved Rooney’s late penalty to keep Liverpool in the game. He could not do much with the goals. Otherwise, he looked comfortable.

Emre Can – 6/10

He struggled to cope with Fellaini. Apart from it he defended okay, but he gave a needless late penalty though.

Martin Skrtel – 6/10

He looked the better of Liverpool defenders and looked assured at the back. He however was lucky to be not sent off for the deliberate stamp on Degea.

Mamadou Sakho – 5/10

He struggled defensively, especially while heading the ball. His passing also let him down at couple of occasions.

Raheem Sterling – 5/10

He looked decent while going forward, however he wasn’t at the same levels while defending. He clearly looked like a make-shift player in the wing-back role.

Joe Allen – 5/10

Nothing special by the former Swansea man. He just kept ticking the ball to his teammates without making a notable contribution in the attacking third.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

Yet another workman like performance from the English midfielder. He was always available to help his defenders and was willing to go forward at every possible moment.

Alberto Moreno – 4/10

He had a torrid evening. He was at fault for the opening Mata goal and was yet again out of position with the second Mata strike. His passing was neither good as he gave the ball away needlessly.

Adam Lallana – 5/10

He struggled to get into the match and when he was provided with a great opportunity in the first half, he missed the sitter. He was replaced at half-time.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7/10

He looked better than many of his teammates. His touches was good and he fired some fearful strike without threatening Degea though. Unfortunately his teammates wasn’t at the same level.

Daniel Sturridge – 7/10

After a struggling to start to the match, his confidence gradually grew in as the match wore on. He grabbed a goal in the second hall to give Liverpool a lifeline.

Substitutes

Steven Gerrard (45′) – 0/10

Just 45 seconds after coming on as a substitute, he got himself sent-off for an intentional stamp on Herrera. He let his team down in his final clash with the Red Devils.

Mario Balotelli (66′) – 5/10

Despite him battling for evry duel, he coudn’t do much with the ball when he got it.

Manchester United

David Degea – 6/10

With United dominating, he hardly had much to do. He did well when he was called upon. He could have done better with the only goal scored by Liverpool.

Antonio Valencia – 6/10

Valencia initially looked shaky in defence, his distribution was neither good. However, he did well to support his attackers on his side as United’s priority on the night.

Chris Smalling – 7/10

He looked the best among United defenders. He was assured at the back and closed down the opponents really well.

Phil Jones – 7/10

He formed a good partnership with Smalling and looked solid at the back. His tackling was also good. However he was booked for a silly challenge in the second half.

Daley Blind – 7/10

He did well in his left-back role and he offered good support on his side, however his crossing let him down.

Michael Carrick – 7.5/10

Carrick continued his great form from last week to control the tempo of the game. With his partner willing to go forward regularly, Carrick was happy to sit behind and help his defence.

Ander Herrera – 8/10

He formed great partnership with Carrick to dominate the midfield battle. His passing was good and he regularly tracked back to help his defence. He also grabbed a great assist for the opening goal.

Juan Mata – 9/10

The little Spaniard scored both United goals. Especially the second goal was a stunner. His overall link-up play with the attackers was equally impressive.

Maroune Fellaini – 7.5/10

He continued his recent ressurgence to terrorize the opposition players with his huge physical presence. His passing as also improved in recent weeks.

Ashley Young – 6/10

He defended well, however he did not offer much in attack. He was taken off at the start of the second half with a possible knock.

Wayne Rooney – 6/10

Rooney’s overall game wasn’t at his usual best. His passing was at times wayward. But he battled on his own as the lone striker. He also missed a late penalty.

Substitutes

Angel Di Maria (55′) – 6/10

His overall game was not at his normal level. His passing in the final third was poor as he gave the ball easily when he was at great positions. He however provided a great assist for Mata’s second goal.

Radamel Falcao (83′) – N/A

Hardly anytime to make an impact.

Marcos Rojo (90′) – N/A

Hardly anytime to make an impact.

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