Liverpool 0 Man United 1: Player ratings as Wayne Rooney nets winner

Player ratings as Wayne Rooney scores the winner in Man United's 1-0 victory over Liverpool

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Aside from one wayward pass, the Liverpool number one looked much more composed than recent weeks. Couldn’t stop Rooney’s winner, though. 6/10

Nathaniel Clyne Lost his balance at the start of the second half which resulted in a good chance for Rooney. Otherwise, the Liverpool right-back supported his side’s attacks and carried out his defensive duties well. 6

Kolo Toure The 35-year-old continues to defy his ageing legs with another assured performance alongside Sakho.

Mamadou Sakho Good block to deny Martial on the stroke of half-time. One of Liverpool’s best players with a series of brilliant tackles in the area. 8

Alberto Moreno Played a brilliant diagonal pass which was one for the highlight reel. A good performance from the Spanish defender. 7

Jordan Henderson Couldn’t put the finishing touch to a slick Liverpool move. But he combined well with his fellow midfielders. 7

Lucas Leiva Brought back into the Liverpool side. He was very busy. Hit a wonderful pass for Lallana but sparring with Fellaini. Like Sakho, one of Liverpool’s standout performers, at the heart of most things the home side did. 8

Emre Can The Germany international burst past the United defence but couldn’t beat De Gea from an acute angle. He drew another save from the United shot stopper with a powerful drive. 7

Adam Lallana Directed his header straight at De Gea when perhaps he would have been better served to lift it over the United goalkeeper. Sadly again, Lallana flattered to deceive. 5

Roberto Firmino He couldn’t finish with the United defence scrambling after Lallana’s attempt. Firmino was very lively but couldn’t apply the finishing touch to some promising moves. 8

James Milner Played through on the goal but fired wildly over the crossbar. A solid performance from the Liverpool vice-captain. 7

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe N/A

Christian Benteke N/A

Steven Caulker N/A

Manchester United

David de Gea (man of the match) Made a good save to stop to Lallana. The United goalkeeper managed to get a fortuitous foot on Can’s low effort to deflect the shot wide. De Gea was at his best minutes later to deny Can and Firmino in quick succession. 8

Ashley Young The England international was forced off in the first half. 5

Chris Smalling The United centre-half was booked for persistent fouling after trying the referee’s patience once too often. 6

Daley Blind A composed performance from the Netherlands international. 7

Matteo Darmian Italy’s right-back of the year was targeted by Liverpool. He didn’t look overly comfortable on either wing. 6

Morgan Schneiderlin The summer signing didn’t get much time on the ball. 6

Marouane Fellaini Came off worse in an aerial collision with Lucas. His normal spikey self, walking a disciplinary tightrope. His header created the winner. 7

Anthony Martial Isolated on the left wing. His shot on the stroke of half-time was blocked by Sakho. The France striker flashed an effort across goal in the 55th minute. 7

Ander Herrera The United midfielder did more chasing back than getting the away side on the front foot at Anfield. 6

Jesse Lingard A quiet performance from the England Under-21 international. 5

Wayne Rooney The United captain was starved of any real chances. However, when Fellaini’s header crashed against the crossbar, Rooney rifled his finish past Mignolet. 6

Substitutes

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson The inexperienced United youngster did well after he replaced Young in the first half.

Juan Mata His cross led to United’s winner. 6

Memphis Depay N/A

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