Manchester United on Sunday secured a 3-2 victory against Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford to compound the woes of their old rivals, who are the current Premier League champions.
Liverpool led a fantastic contest through a Mohamed Salah lob over United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, in the i8th minute.
Mason Greenwood equalised for the home side in the 26th minute when he utilised Marcus Rashford’s cross-field pass on the counter and stroked the ball past goalkeeper Alison.
Rashford then turned from provider to scorer in the 48th minute when he latched onto a Greenwood pass and completed a counter-attack with a cool finish past Alisson.
Salah got his brace and Liverpool’s second in the 58th minute after he capitalised on a defensive mix-up in the United defence.
But in a game which had everything last week’s drab Premier League stalemate between this pair at Anfield lacked, Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to have the final word after Fabinho had fouled Edinson Cavani on the edge of the area.
Fernandes might have been slightly off the pace in recent games but when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed his £47m inspiration to come up with another special moment, the Portuguese delivered, bending his freekick round the wall and beyond Alisson’s reach.
The victory earns United a home meeting with an in-form West Ham side managed by former boss David Moyes in the fifth round.
But the search for form goes on for Liverpool, whose only win in seven games since that seven-goal hammering of Crystal Palace came against Aston Villa’s kids in the last round, and who have a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham looming on Thursday.