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Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

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Liverpool FC v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Starters

David De Gea: 7/10

Kept United in a game they had no business being in. Had a couple of terrific saves, especially in the second half. Only player who looked up for the occasion.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 5/10

Really struggled with his offensive responsibilities in this one. Overwhelmed at times on defense, but ultimately not at fault for either goal.

Victor Lindelof: 4/10

Not a great performance, but key in a few situations where he got to the ball first. Lucky to only concede 2 goals.

Harry Maguire: 4/10

Settled in a bit as the game went on, but very weak defending gave Van Dijk the room to make it 1-0. Failed to make a positive impact on United’s set pieces.

Luke Shaw: 5/10

Some decent defensive work from Shaw today. He’s needed by a depleted United team, hopefully he’ll continue finding form.

Nemanja Matic: 4/10

Sometimes calms things down, at others he’s a worrying liability. Not starter quality, but Ole has no other choice.

Fred: 4/10

Really struggled to dictate any sort of positive play. United were overwhelmed for most of the match, but when chances did come his way Fred rarely did anything with it.

Andreas Pereira: 1/10

Gave the ball away a lot, made horrible passes, and blanked on United’s clearest chance of the game.

Daniel James: 4/10

Got into dangerous positions, but didn’t have the right technique to put crosses on target. .

Brandon Williams: 5/10

Reasonably uncomfortable at times playing a bit out of position. Wasn’t as confident as he usually is on the ball. He also got mismatched onto Van Dijk on the corner that led to Liverpool’s opening goal.

Anthony Martial: 4/10

Was lacking for chances, but skied a great opportunity to get United level in the second half.

Substitutes

Juan Mata: N/A

Didn’t really make an impact.

Mason Greenwood: N/A

Got into decent positions, but didn’t really get involved in play in his short time on the pitch.

Diogo Dalot: N/A

On for a short time. Made no impact other than a poor cross.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 2/10

This team was not ready for the occasion for several reasons, and that’s on Ole. Knowingly playing Rashford midweek with a hurt back and ankle has cost him his player of the season for at least a couple months. His reshaped midfield was in chaos, turning the ball over at an alarming rate. The back four held up for much of the match, but disorganization proved costly yet again on set pieces, both defense and offensive. Finally, the substitutions were again too late to make any impact, and brought on players who arguably should have started over some horribly ineffective members of the starting 11.