It was a hugely improved display from the home side at Old Trafford, with Erik ten Hag’s men looking organised, disciplined, and attacking quickly in the transitional moments.
United also coped well with the pressure of a huge occasion and defended superbly as a unit, with Raphael Varane particularly impressing.
It was Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford who netted for United on the night, while Mohamed Salah’s late header proved futile in Liverpool’s hopes of a comeback.
While the game was watched by millions on Sky Sports in the UK, there might have been a few moments which could have passed supporters by, as our man in the ground explains…
Protests hold up fans
The game at Old Trafford was preceded by a much-publicised protest from supporters, which culminated in the forecourt outside the stadium.
But TV viewers may not be aware that a significant number of Liverpool fans were held up getting into the ground as the protest prevented them from entering the stadium.
Likewise, any media that accompanied the march to the ground were also late getting in as the Munich Tunnel gates were shut to prevent a large group congregating outside the directors’ box.
There were one or two reports of objects being thrown by United fans towards Liverpool supporters, but otherwise it was believed to have been a peaceful demonstration.
Unsurprisingly, Old Trafford echoed to the sound of ant-Glazer chants during the game, with supporters continuing to voice their discontent towards the owners.
But Liverpool fans were also prepared to chant about United’s senior management, and responded to the roars from the home supporters with songs of ‘up the Glazers’.
A number in the away end also had cut-outs of Avram Glazer’s face which they held up ahead of the game.
Ten Hag’s Casemiro insight
Casemiro was presented to supporters ahead of the game, a moment which was punctuated with audible anti-Glazer chants.
United also announced the signing of the Brazilian midfielder just minutes before the game kicked off, while he watched the Liverpool match from the stands.
Pre-game, Ten Hag described his new signing as the ‘cement between the stones’ when speaking to Sky Sports.
Malacia on corners
One minor aspect which could have passed viewers by was the decision for Tyrell Malacia to take corners from the right flank.
The purpose, evidently, is to allow him to curl inswinging crosses with his left foot, but a Liverpool breakaway did pose one problem to this.
The Merseysiders launched an attack down United’s left following one corner, into the space Malacia had just vacated. Going forward, this could be an issue Ten Hag looks to find a solution to.
Fernandes & Klopp words
In the final stages of the game, Lisandro Martinez went down lightly from Fabio Carvalho’s shove inside the United box.
The aim appeared to be to run down the clock a little, with Michael Oliver stopping the play briefly.
This infuriated Jurgen Klopp, who gesticulated and shouted at the officials repeatedly from the touchline. In fact, he was so regular with his complaining that Bruno Fernandes exchanged words with the Liverpool manager.
United’s No.18 had come over to the touchline to receive instructions from Ten Hag and take on water, and was seen remonstrating with Klopp, who continued to argue with Fernandes as he made his way back onto the pitch.