Spectacular Marcus Rashford is ideal gladiator for the Theatre of Dreams

Manchester United 2 Liverpool 1

Rashford 14, Rashford 24, Bailly o.g.66

Matt Busby said: If they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

And this kid is good enough.
He started and scored two spectacular goals from De Gea kicks down the middle of the pitch.

The first kick was 70 yards and when Lukaku flicked on, Rashford cut inside right back Alexander-Arnold and fired his shot so early and so hard that keeper Karius never had a chance.
It was a rocketing instashot from a big centre forward who plays from the left side.
1-0 in 14min.

In 23 a Milner cross found Van Dijk at the near post but he misheaded wide. A minute later David De Gea took a goal kick, Lukaku bullied Lovren again and Rashford’s shot flicked off Alexander-Arnold and flew into the far corner of the net.

Then Rashford was booked a wild tackle on James Milner.
By then Unused ware firing a few long diagonals and I loved that. The Theatre of Dreams is the perfect arena for 75,000 fans to see good long passes, exciting crosses, big booming headers and thunderbolt shots.

When Alexis Sanchez found the unmarked Mata in the box, the little Spaniard shinned his overhead volley wide,.

Rashford then floored Milner with an attempted long pass that hit the side of the Yorkshireman’s head. But that was accidental damage/

Half-time score: Red Devils 2 Klopperpool 0

Scott McTominay suits Jose Mourinho’s defensive instincts.

Having a Matic-McTonimay midfield is like having a pair of massive steel gates in front of your castle.

Second half, United dropped off and gave Liverpool a lot more space by not working so hard to close them down.They allowed Liverpool four goal attempts without having one themselves.

Then, in 66, Eric Bailly waved his leg at a cross that was going behind him. The ball hit him and bounced and went in off De Gea’s right glove. A very unusual own-goal by a great defender who had been out since November 5thj with an ankle injury.

United 2 Liverpool 1 in 66. Game on!

Fellaini, the Belgian bruiser, came on for Rashford, while Klopp turned to Adam Lallana, his two-footed linkman,

But the contest continued to be a stop-start game of fouls, substitutions and set-pieces and it continued through six minutes of extra-time without further score.

England manager Gareth Southgate was there.

He must use Rashford on the left of his front three in the World Cup. England cannot outplay any of the  best teams but they can win a couple of matches with organised power football.

The versatile and tenacious Ashley Young must be nailed on as England left back. He shut down Mo Salah! Who else has done that this season?

PS. ANR is not restricted to football.