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Manchester Utd 3-2 Liverpool: result, summary and goals

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks to break past James Milner of Liverpool during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 24, 2021 in Manchester, Englan

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Full-time report

Manchester United have knocked Liverpool out of the Emirates FA Cup in the fourth round.

It was a game that ebbed and flowed, with the home side showing a more adventurous approach than they did in the league game at Anfield a week ago. The main threat from Solskjaer's side continued to be on the counter and they used that to good effect.

Liverpool will look towards some positives: finally they are scoring again and for much of the second half, in particular, they took the game to their hosts and looked the more creative. Then the sucker punch from a sweet Fernandes dead-ball arrived, although given the injury crisis maybe Klopp will be secretly happy.

United sit top of the Premier League and have knocked out their bitter rivals in the cup. Life is good right now at Old Trafford.


Goals: Greenwood (26), Rashford (48), Fernandes (78); Salah (18, 58)


Peep, peep, peeep!! The final whistle blows.


CLOSE! Clipped into the area by Trent, headed away...and Salah comes onto it to volley home. Just wide.


Pogba into the book for a foul on Jones as he was about to break into the United area. It's wide, so a cross rather than shot likely.


Four minutes to be added.


A nice turn from Origi looks to have set Liverpool away on a dangerous break but Lindelof grabs his shirt and is not letting go.

That's, as they say, taking one for the team.


CLANG! Brilliant from United as Fernandes breaks and opens things up for the supporting red shirts. He gets back on the ball and dinks it across goal where Cavani rises and heads low.

Alisson is well beaten but the ball bounces back out of the upright. That would have been that.


Solskjaer puts on Martial with Rashford appearing to be limping. The fresh legs of the speedster will be eyeing the open green space in front of Alisson's goal.


Origi and Salah combine but with all but Rashford back in the final 20 yards for United they are struggling to find space to cause any harm to Henderson's goal.


Liverpool have picked up where they were just before that Fernandes free-kick, pressuring the United area, searching for openings.

It's a situation they have been facing most of the season, with the opposition keeping numbers back, while Liverpool take more risks at the back inviting others on.


Origi and Shaquiri on for Thiago and Firmino as Klopp's side aim to keep up the recent pressure.


SAVE! Alisson stands and catches a Rashford volley. Better connection from the striker would have caused more discomfort.

After quite a bit of delay to choose the right spot to take the kick, the Portuguese magician strikes a perfectly placed effort just inside the right-hand post.


GOAL!! Fernandes puts United ahead


It's a free-kick to United on the edge of Liverpool's area. A great chance to threaten the goal (especially with Fernandes there) despite having offered little for some time.


SAVE!! Henderson again called into action, Salah targeting a hat-trick.


Pogba does really well to break down the right. He then centres the ball which is caught high by Alisson.

I'm unsure if the French midfielder saw a chance to score from there or was trying to pick a teammate out at the back post.


More very neat play from a Liverpool side that appear to have found some confidence.

Firmino gets a shot away that is blocked and then Thiago tries the spectacular volley as that drops out of the sky. Henderson did not need to concern him with that effort.


OUCHIE!! Fred takes a hard one on the ankle as Mané tries to win the ball back. He tries to claim a first offence should not result in a yellow but that's a fairly flimsy argument.


SAVE!! Big stop from Henderson as Salah is played in down the right channel.

The winger goes for goal from a tight angle and the keeper is up to the task.


Two changes for United

Fernandes and Fred on for De Beek and Greenwood

(Are we closer to the best current XIs available?)


Mané's first involvement sees him playing some intricate passes with Firmino but they can't escape the covering red shirts.


Although The Reds are having a strong spell right now, their pressure involves them moving forward en masse...and that could play perfectly into the hands of their opponents.


Klopp asks Mané to find his goal threat, taking off Wijnaldum


SAVE! More pressure and tidy play from the visitors sees Trent try his luck with a powerful strike from a tight angle. Henderson stands big and blocks for a corner.

United hold firm from the corner and clear.

After his last involvement Milner was quick to make up for the miss. Intercepting a Cavani cross ball in the middle of the park he sped forward, played a one-two with Firmino but stepped over the return. That allowed Salah behind him to slam home.


GOAL!! Salah makes it a Desmond


CLOSE! Milner in front of goal fires over the bar. He was stretching but will be disappointed not to have scored there.

Liverpool looked to have moved up to third gear.


Salah and Firmino play a nice exchange on the right but then as the threat grows a poor touch from the Brazilian gives United a chance to clear.


Liverpool try to make space open up, initially Thiago and then Wijnaldum moving the pieces around. But an organised backline, supported by the midfield, cancels out the area quickly.


Almost another break from United, who look most comfortable hitting on the break, something Liverpool's high line affords them.


Immediately after the goal we see Mané warming up on the sidelines. How long will Klopp give before introducing another of his stars?

The ball is loose in the United half and played forward first time looking for the run of Rashford. It's appears a simple interception for Williams to deal with but he completely misses it, allowing the English striker to burst forward and he finishes under Alisson beautifully.


GOAL!! Rashford puts United ahead


The ball is played hgh to the far side of the penalty area but a clever block from Maguire is blown up.


Liverpool start the second half but are immediately under pressure in their own half. United then manage to win a free kick inside the Reds' half after a foul from Wijnaldum.

We're off!

Alright, some more of that action please chaps. It's almost time to get going again.


United-Liverpool: an FA Cup history

These world-renowned clubs have a mixed record in this competition in the last decade, with some years seeing other trophies taking their eyes off the domestic cup prize.

In fact, between the two of them they have only reached the final on three occassions, United emerging victorious in one of their two appearances.

United-Liverpool: an FA Cup history

These world-renowned clubs have a mixed record in this competition in the last decade, with some years seeing other trophies taking their eyes off the domestic cup prize.

In fact, between the two of them they have only reached the final on three occassions, United emerging victorious in one of their two appearances.


The leveller

Greenwood finishes off a lovely move with a sweet strike.


Salah opens the scoring

Liverpool's Egyptian King remembers how to do that thing he does.

First-half thoughts

The first point to note is that this is a significantly more entertaining game than last week's Anfield encounter. And that is mainly down to the hosts.

Solskjaer's lads have come out looking to match up to their opponents, possibly smelling the wounds of a recently wounded animal with net problems. That positivity meant United were a threat on several occasions, although most were from quick and direct counters.

Liverpool have had their moments too, but appear more methodical, which has been a notable change this season to the swashbuckling Klopp side of recent years. Getting back amongst the goals was important to the team, and Salah in particular, but they'll be concerned by the questions being asked at the back.


Goals: Greenwood (26); Salah (18)



Peep!! The whistle blows for half-time.


Excellent stuff from Rashford down the left touchline. First keeping the ball in play when it looked as though it was a lost cause, and then skipping away from a Williams lunge to allow him a run into the area.

Faced up by Fabinho he cuts back inside him and lays off to Pogba who can't get his shot on target.


We'll have one added minute.


CHANCE! McTominay is the one to have the final effort but preceding pressure had filled the Liverpool area with bodies, one of them, Thiago, getting in the way.


Pogba curls his effort around the wall but it's wide enough of the post that Alisson didn't worry too much.


Free-kick to United in a dangerous position just outside the area after a mistimed challenge from Fabinho which earns him the first booking of the match. Pogba steps up.


CHANCE! Robertson is played in behind the United line and clips a decent cross to the back post. It's headed away for a corner by Maguire, and the delivery from Trent is handled well.


Shaw does really well to dispossess Salah and the ever-more-impressing left-back pushes forward to link up with his forwards. Good covering from the Liverpool defence prevents any more danger as support arrived.


Another outswinging corner from Shaw to almost the same spot as just a couple of minutes ago. This time it's met by McTominay who copies his fellow midfielder by getting too much under it.


Corner to Liverpool delivered nicely by Shaw onto the head of Pogba around 15 yards out. Decent connection but over the bar.


Both teams trying to get some flow again but it's Liverpool who get forward and win a corner.

It's taken short before switching to Salah but a stronger Pogba predicts where his first touch is going and cleverly muscles him out of it.


CHANCE! De Beek is played in well by Rashford and slides a ball across the six-yard line before Alisson got to him. Green shirts are plentiful and deal with it.


One thing that can be said for this game is that some of the defensive marking has been very poor.

Often in cup games you can put that down to fresh faces not being up to full sharpness, but that's hardly the case today.

It's a fabulous goal on the counter from the hosts.

Pogba fought well to win the ball on the edge of his own area just as Firmino looked to shoot. The Frenchman played it wide to Rashford, who looked up and switched play to Greenwood, Milner unable to clear. A sweet strike past Alisson into the far corner made it third time lucky.


GOAL!! Greenwood levels things up


The dead-ball effort from the full back flies a couple of feet over the bar.


McTominay can't keep up with Firmino's quick feet and accidentally stamps on the Brazilian's foot. A free-kick on the left-corner of the United area is awarded and Trent jogs over pondering what he'll do with it.


Pogba is not wanting to let Salah escape this time and hauls him back before he causes any mischief. The ref is happy to award a throw in to Utd though, which gets him some big Egyptian smiles.

An inch-perfect through ball from Firmino puts the Egyptian one-on-one with Henderson and a little dink over him reminds Liverpool fans what goals actually are.


GOAL!! Salah puts Liverpool ahead


Cavani and De Beek come away from Thiago in the middle of the park with the ball and then Shaw sets Rashford away. Corner won from Williams' block.

The delivery is decent and Pogba has a half chance to volley from around six yards out. He can't make contact and Alisson collects.


CHANCE! Greenwood again takes advantage of some sloppy play, Thiago this time, and once again he chooses to shoot rather than play in a teammate.

His effort flies well wide of the near post. Good signs though that Mason is making the most of his starting place.


Liverpool look to be away but the whistle goes after a poor challenge from Thiago.


Brilliant from Greenwood, sprinting down the right wing and into the area with the ball. Options open up for him but he chooses to shoot. Alisson blocks solidly with his legs, as Cavani, for one, stares disapprovingly at the decision made from the youngster.

A nice open game suggests goals are coming...


The visitors knock the ball around the back, with Cavani keeping an eye on them. Robertson then goes high down the line for the runnner but it drifts out of play.

He's not happy with that, and rightly so.


This is a much more positive start from United compared to that at Anfield seven days ago. The way Klopp has set his side up gives a suggestion that they may be happier to allow the opposition to come onto them, opening up more space when they decide to attack.

The coming minutes will give us a better idea of how much that is planned and how much it is being forced by the home side.


Good play from Rashford down the left channel as he stretches his legs and forces defenders to try and keep up.

Williams does well to hold him in place but the United forward does well to pick out Pogba on the edge of the area. His first touch lets him down and the chance slowly dissapates.


From that early possession, the light green shirts of the away side push on, Robertson switching play to where Salah and Trent are teaming up.

A cut back to the edge of the area allows Wijnaldum a chance to create space for a shot but there are too many bodies in the way and it's blocked, then cleared.


Liverpool are quick to win the ball back but Rashford looks to press high up the field. It would have been more effective had his teammates shown the same desire, and he looks at them to suggest the same.

And we're off!

Craig Pawson is today's referee and he gets the customary hand shakes (fist bumps these days) sorted out.

Milner captains for the visitors today, Maguire for the hosts

Right, the players are trotting out onto the hallowed turf and we are almost ready to get this showdown going...

Bruno on Liverpool's form

United's new star Bruno Fernandes, who has himself faced questions over his recent form after managing just one goal and no assists in five matches in 2021, says Liverpool are undoubtedly still a dangerous side to face.

"I think teams have moments," he told United's website. "I don't think Liverpool are playing poorly. I think they don't win and this is the point.

"When teams don't win, everyone talks about that. When players don't score, everyone talks about that. I feel that on me because I know the standard is high, because I arrived and I scored a lot of goals and make a lot of assists, and everyone is wanting goals and assists from me.

"It is the same – everyone expects goals from Salah, from Firmino and from Mané. They are not scoring in the last games and it starts feeling like 'oh, they are not playing well'.

"They create, they play, but the other teams are playing better [than before] and, as I said before, they have more qualities to play. Every team goes there to play maybe without the pressure of the fans. Teams play a little bit more comfortably and, as I say, I think it is a moment. We don't have to look at that moment because big teams and big players can show in every moment."


United vs Liverpool: Old Trafford compared

Although the success of these two giants has been very much in favour of the Merseyside club over recent years, but when the two are compared over the last five years just at Old Trafford, it's United that come out on top.

As per the graphic (h/t sofascore) the only two wins from their six clashes in Manchester have gone to the home side.

Searching for a goal

Following Sadio Mané's early goal against West Brom on 27 December - and the onslaught that followed in that first half - nobody would have put money of Klopp's side not scoring again in their next four matches. The previous game had seen them knock seven past Palace, after all.

But that is exactly what has happened (incredibly they are still the league's top scorers), and the Reds come into this game six points behind the leaders and desparate to return to scoring, and winning, ways, albeit in the cup.

A more attacking United side may help their cause, as Liverpool tend to find themselves trying to break down a packed defence, something they're struggling to do.

Premier League top dogs

United come into this game in a position few could have dreamed of just a few weeks ago: top of the Premier League.

A consistent run of results had them holding onto the tails of Liverpool up until the end of the calendar year, and they maintained their points collection as their old rivals hit a wall.

In the Anfield clash last week it was the reigning league champions who dominated much of the game, but their failures in front of goal in the first half allowed Solskjaer's men to grow into it much more in the second 45, producing two clear chances for them to win it late on.

A big question from United fans today will be if they will try to take the game to their visitors, rather than sit back and hit on the counter. If they do, we could quite possibly see a thoroughly entertaining affair. Not something this fixture has been blessed with much despite the hype.

Team thoughts: Liverpool

No surprise that Jürgen Klopp has also tweaked his team, although there is plenty of experience in there as the Reds aim to refind their shooting boots.

Salah and Firmino come in from the start after being given a bench role midweek, and young Williams takes his place alongside Fabinho in the heart of the defence.

With Mané being given a rare rest, and Milner and Jones being brought into midfield, it's likely that Thiago will be offered more licence to move forward and create opportunities.

Team thoughts: United

Solskjaer has made five changes from the team that beat Fulham midweek. As expected, Henderson keeps his FA Cup place between the sticks, while the likes of Rashford, Greenwood and Van de Beek are all handed a start.

Cavani will lead the line and another strong performance from Pogba will be needed, especially given the absence of one of this season's best players, Bruno Fernandes.

Liverpool starting XI:

Alisson, TAA, R.Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner, Jones, Firmino, Salah

Man Utd starting XI

Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Van de Beek, Rashford, Cavani

Team news incoming...

Reds on top

And not to be outdone, Liverpool share a memory from 2012 in the cup.

If you know your history

These two have met plenty of times in big games in the past. The United social media team remind us of one such FA Cup fourth round game from 1999.

That scorer is involved today!

The scene is set

After Anfield last week, we turn our attention to another famous stadium, nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams.

Red Devils vs The Reds

For fans of these two clubs, their historic rival is often the first that is searched for when the fixture schedule is released ahead of each season.

As well as the two Premier League games, there is the occasional meet-up in a domestic or European cup competition and that's what brings us together today.

It was only a week ago that we enjoyed* these two go at it at Anfield, with a scoreless draw proving disappointing for both sides.

(*change verb to suit your own feelings)

Man Utd vs Liverpool: welcome

Hello and a very warm welcome to you wherever you are joining us from around the world.

We know from all our previous coverage of these two footballing behemoths that people from every internet-connected corner of the globe come onboard. From southern Texas to South Africa, from west Philadelphia to the Western Isles of Scotland, we thank you for getting involved.

Our build-up to the stand-out FA Cup 4th round draw begins here...


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