England Premiership Update: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney record goal in win against Liverpool at Anfield
Manchester United superstar striker Wayne Rooney set a club record as he scored his first goal against FC Liverpool at Anfield in 11 years. In an exciting game between between England's two most decorated clubs and arch-rivals, Rooney’s 78th minute goal earned him his 176th Premier League strike for the Red Devils – the most goals any footballer has ever scored at one England Premier League club. With a total of 242 Manchester United, Rooney is now within seven goals of Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 249 Man United goals.
Superstar Man Utd goalie David De Gea made the 1-0 victory possible with a series of amazing saves putting Manchester United back up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur. Louis van Gaal's side earned only one shot on target in 90 minutes, while Jurgen Klopp’s side went goalless showing the strength of Man United’s defense as they left the north-west Derby at Merseyside with a massive haul of all three points.
After winning the match, Man United boss Louis van Gaal was delighted with Rooney and pleased with his men as he talked up United’s renewed title chances saying United’s momentum will make them credible challengers to Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester for Premiership silverware and a spot in next season’s Champions League Tournament.
'To beat Liverpool is always important; it was important because our competitors have lost points. It will depend on results but we have a lot of matches still to go. We started 2016 very good with a lot of wins,” said van Gaal. 'This game will give a big boost to the players and the fans and the environment of Manchester United. The best day of the season? No, I don't think so. You have to see it always in perspective. Of course, it is for the fans, for me and the players a fantastic win and it will give us a boost.”
Liverpool dominated in the opening 45 minutes of the match but managed only one effort on target, a failed attempt from Adam Lallana, with Roberto Firmino firing the rebound attempt wide. An injured Ashley Young was replaced with 18-year-old Cameron Borthwick-Jackson just before the half.
After the break, Spaniard goalie de Gea denied Emre Can with a brilliant save - recovering quickly to prevent Firmino from scoring the rebound. Then Henderson aided de Gea by sending Firmino's cut-back straight into his arms.
The match scoring was opened in the second half by United as Rooney scored at 78 minutes from Juan Mata's cross after it was headed against the crossbar by Fellaini before Rooney reacted quickly to smash home the rebound. New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could not patch up the match as he replaced Kolo Toure with Christian Benteke and bringing on newly signed Steven Caulker.
Reds striker Daniel Sturridge is unavailable due to a hamstring injury sustained in early December. To date, Liverpool have earned 5 European Cups and 18 league titles, but in the 2015-16 England Premier League campaign, they are only in 9th place fighting to climb to the top of the Premiership table in order to qualify to compete in the lucrative Champions League in the 2016-17 season.
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