Individual errors are costing United, but right now they need a moment of magic if they are to get back into this game. There has been little coheson throughout the match and the front three have hardly even had a touch of the ball.

“United’s defending has been erratic.”Firmino isolated himself around the back of Pogba, who was a little square-on. He had the run on him and Pogba didn’t block the run – you have to block the run.” Gary Neville says.

It started so well, but this has quickly turned sour. So much has been made of Liverpool’s poor defence, but United aren’t exploiting it at all. Instead it is their own shaky backline which has been torn open time and time again.

How the players have rated so far
Henderson Some good stops but failed to clear corner. 6 Wan-Bissaka Started well before he found Fernandes for the breakthrough. 7 Bailly Lucky not to have had the penalty upheld. 5 Lindelof Nowhere near as watertight as he has been with Maguire in recent months. 5 Shaw Not as dynamic as he usually is. 6 McTominay Subdued spell continues. 5 Fred Marginally better than McTominay. 5 Rashford Major downgrade on Greenwood. 4 Fernandes Forced the goal. 6 Pogba Pathetic attempt to mark Firmino.

Dire defending. A brilliant ball from Alexander-Arnold picks out Firmino at the back-post and he heads past Henderson.

It was a night which could have ended Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification, but instead are igniting them. On cue they break through again and Jota slams an effort off the post


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