Reaction: Liverpool 0-1 Man Utd
- Rooney smashes in after Fellaini hits bar
- Strike was Man Utd's first on target
- Van Gaal's side move up to fifth
As you can see from the graphic below, United's goal wasn't cunningly crafted. What you can't tell is that it was a cracking finish by Wayne Rooney (10), who hooked the ball into the roof of the net after Marouane Fellaini's header had hot the bar.
Louis van Gaal talking to BBC Sport: "We have survived the first-half, we didn’t keep the ball to much and they pressed and pressured. But in the second-half we came into the match and kept the ball more and created chances and scored the winning goal, I’m happy, the players are happy and the fans more happy.
“We know Wayne Rooney has played for Everton and now plays for United so he wants to score against Liverpool, it means a lot for him.
“The goal came from the first indirect corner and we ask for that as it always more dangerous. The ball from Mata was perfect, as was the header from Fellaini, but he didn't have the luck that Wayne does.
“Now we have made a good start in 2016, to beat Liverpool for the second time in a row is it marvellous, it gives a big boost for the players and the fans so I hope it shall continue with winning. That is why we are here, to win our games and at end of the season to be in the first three positions of the league.”
- Wayne Rooney (176 goals for Man Utd) has overtaken Thierry Henry (175 for Arsenal) for the most goals for a single club in Premier League history.
- Rooney has now scored in four successive games for Manchester United for the first time since March 2012.
- It was Rooney’s first Premier League goal at Anfield for United since January 2005.
- Liverpool have conceded more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (7).
- Liverpool have now lost 12 times against United in the Premier League era, more defeats than against any other visitors.
- Liverpool’s failure to score ended an eight-game Premier League run of scoring at Anfield. It is the first time under Klopp they hadn’t scored at home.
- Louis Van Gaal has won all four Premier League games against Liverpool as United boss.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talking to BBC Sport: "I didn't see too many chances for Manchester United and we didn't take ours. Of course it is frustrating. We lost a game that we should not have lost.
"The goal was to defend and we didn't do it. That is our responsibility. We have to defend set pieces better.
"We did really well creating the chances, but there were a lot of situation where we could have created more chances and didn't. There were a lot of things but we lost in a derby against Manchester United so I can't be very positive at this moment so soon after the game."
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal speaking to Sky Sports: "When you beat Liverpool, it is good for the fans and for the table as our competitors also lose points, it is a big step in a good direction and I am very happy.
“In the first-half we didn’t keep the ball and we have survived the first-half. In the second-half we played much better and kept the ball better and created chances and Wayne Rooney makes the fantastic goal again.
“I don’t think David de Gea has done very much, two or three balls he has to stop, a goalkeeper has to do that. He is playing very good but you can not say he was a fantastic, marvelous goalkeeper today.
“We have played against Newcastle and given away two leads and now we have done the things we have trained and discussed so that is most precious aspect of the game today. We won and a we have won a lot of games in 2016 now and have not lost yet.”
Manchester United's Liverpool-born matchwinner Wayne Rooney talking to BBC Sport: "This is a special feeling, obviously. It is always great to score at your rivals and, against Liverpool for this football club, it is a massive result. On a personal note it doesn't get much better.
"For my goal, I know Simon Mignolet is a very good goalkeeper and there were players trying to cover so I just tried to put my foot through it and take whoever was in the way with it! Thankfully it went in and won us the game.
"Today the performance wasn't that important - the result was all that mattered."
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Fair play to Michael Carrick. I salute this kind of behaviour from players.
Manchester United matchwinner Wayne Rooney on Sky Sports: "Everyone knows the importance of this game - regardless of league positions, it is a massive football game and it is a great victory. We needed the three points and to continue the start to this year, so it is a massive win for us."
On setting a new record for Premier League goals scored at one club: "I didn't know! It is great to have records but scoring a winning goal at Anfield, it's been a long time since that happened for me, so I will be a bit selfish today and enjoy that one."
We only had one goal at Anfield, but over in Madrid Real have bagged five in the first half. Not a bad home managerial debut from Zinedine Zidane so far. If I was the Sporting Gijon manager I'd have switched the computer off without saving long ago.
BBC Sport chief football writer at Anfield
"Manchester United win 1-0. Dreadful game with little quality - but who can blame United and Louis van Gaal for taking that all day long at Anfield? "
You can't grumble at a 100% conversion rate. United have been Jonny Wilkinson-esque against Liverpool this season.
Scott Wilcox: Absolute steal of a win. #LFC by far the better team but somehow United got a result.
Nathan J. Pedersen: Im confused - horrible football but United still won. Do I want Van Gaal gone or not?
Sam: Got big Dave to thank for that win, a couple of world class saves. 4/4 vs Liverpool for Van Gaal and a massive 3 points!
Ashley Wilkinson: deserve little, if anything, from that, but displayed a killer instinct #LFC lack without Sturridge. Big summer for Klopp.
Not that either the Liverpool or United fans will need reminding of this but today's win seals a double for the Red Devils over their fierce rivals this season.
United are fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
Liverpool's own top-four hopes suffer a big blow. They are eight points behind Spurs in ninth.
Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live
"Yes the quality of the game was poor, but the work rate was fantastic, every player out there put everything into the game. Remember the quality falters when you have so many games in a short period.
"In the end it was one bit of sharpness. The corner from the left-hand side was headed down onto the bar by Fellaini and the reaction from Wayne Rooney won the game."
Well, I think that game could well be the very embodiment of needing to take your chances. United had one shot on target - Rooney's goal - and won the game.
Liverpool had four (as part of 19 overall) but leave with nothing.
Christian Benteke is offside as Liverpool come forward. That could be it. We've played 93 minutes.
Liverpool salvaged a point against Arsenal here in midweek. Can they do it again? Jordan Henderson slings a free-kick into the box but United are strong and clear.
Nothing subtle about this. Recent loan signing Steven Caulker - a central defender - is sent on for James Milner to stand up front and win headers. Route one time. Three minutes will be added to the 90.
Oh, Liverpool's players are their own worst enemies. Emre Can cuts back from the right byline for one of James Milner or Christian Benteke to shoot, but they get in each other's way before flicking the ball towards Roberto Firmino, who thinks he is offside so doesn't move. He wasn't, so he really should have.
Liverpool's players, fans, even Klopp, look shellshocked by that goal. The Kop is silent, the home players are failing to create anything and the German manager stands on the touchline, his jaw practically on the floor.
Alex Whitington: Snatch & grab job from Utd here. 16 attempts no goal from Liverpool. Finishing lessons badly needed & a fit Sturridge.
Peter David Smith: Credit to Fellaini. He beat four Liverpool players to the ball which gave Rooney the freedom to poach unmarked.
jaleel oladipo: This is why you keep players like Rooney on even when he's poor because to be fair, he's done nothing but score and that's what matters.
Wayne Rooney fires an effort from 40 yards. Needless to say, it goes wide. Commentator Jonathan Pearce sums it up best with the simple, "from there?!"
Phil Jones enjoyed that goal. He's bouncing around amongst the rest of the travelling United fans. In contrast, Daniel Sturridge, sat up in one of the Anfield boxes, looks very, very glum.
That Wayne Rooney goal came from United's first shot on target. It also means the striker now holds the record for the most goals by a player for one Premier League club - 176.
Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live
"Marouane Fellaini has had a bit of stick today but he beat everyone with that header from just outside the six-yard box, it hit the bar and came came back to Wayne Rooney who was in acres of space. The England captain has done nothing in the game but he leathered it into the roof of the net."
Now chasing the game, Jurgen Klopp sends on the big man. Christian Benteke is put on for a rescue mission in place of Kolo Toure.
I'm having to rub my eyes! We have a goal! And despite barely threatening in the game it is the visitors who have scored it! A corner is swung into the box and headed against the bar by Marouane Fellaini before Wayne Rooney reacts quickest to hook the ball into the roof of the net. Smash. And. Grab.
The travelling Manchester United fans aren't a happy bunch. They're chanting the name of Ander Herrera who they feel should not have been hauled off by manager Louis van Gaal.
And here's why. The Spanish midfielder's touch map shows us that he has been all over the pitch, with only centre-back Daley Blind having more touches of the ball for the visitors.
Liverpool's first change sees Jordon Ibe come on for Adam Lallana.
Marouane Fellaini has had little impact on this game but gets a booking for the impact he makes on the shin of Jordan Henderson.
Ugh. This is awful. Mamadou Sakho tries to drive a ball into the box but sends it sailing over everyone and out of play. I might just stick a box set on.
Another Liverpool chance goes begging. Mamadou Sakho is tall but not quite tall enough to get over a header at the back post from James Milner's deep cross. The result: a goal-kick. Meanwhile, the United fans sing Ander Herrera's name. That's what they think of the decision to replace him with Depay.