Manchester United made it an impressive six wins on the bounce in the Premier League as they recorded a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford today.
Wayne Rooney had the home fans out of their seats inside the first 20 minutes as he stroked home from the edge of the area following some fine wing play from Antonio Valenca - and some terrible defending from Liverpool.
Juan Mata made it two just before the half-time whistle as he pounced on a cross from Ashley Young - although repays later showed that the Spaniard was offside following a flick-on from Robin van Persie.
It was the Dutchman who then sealed the deal with 20 minutes to go as he rounded off a sweeping counter-attack to consign Liverpool to a crushing defeat. The game was a lot closer than the score suggests however - and it took a few vital contributions from Manchester United's backline to ensure the home side kept a clean sheet.
So which Manchester United player deserves the most credit for the win? Find out by reading on below.
David de Gea - 9: The Spaniard is now the best goalkeeper in the Premier League bar none. His second half saves from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli stand out in particular.
Valencia - 7: Did wonderfully well and posed a constant threat from right wing-back. He even looked solid at the back, providing one crucial intervention in the first half.
Jones 6: A little slow and sluggish but that is understandable given his time out of the game. Will get better, but Van Gaal will worry about how many chances Liverpool created.
Evans 6: Like his defensive partner, Evans did OK but looked vulnerable at times to the speed of Liverpool's attacks. Had his 'keeper to bail him out though.
Young - 7: Like his winger partner on the other side provided a moment of class to set up Juan Mata for the second goal of the game.
Carrick - 8: He may not be the quickest but he is perhaps Manchester United's most intelligent player. Read the game well from the back and provided some key interceptions.
Fellaini - 6.5: First half bad, second half better. Had plenty of space in midfield but couldn't really exploit it, but did impose himself more as the game wore on.
Mata - 8: Another of Manchester United's real intelligent players, something demonstrated as he picked a perfect pass for the third goal of the game instead of shooting. Making himself undroppable.
Rooney - 7: Opened the scoring and put himself about in a fiery encounter, but the striker will be a tad disappointed by his lack of a killer pass on a couple of occasions.
Van Persie - 7.5: Got better and better as the game wore on with space opening up as Liverpool pressed for a winner. Got one, could have had more.
Wilson 6: A huge shout from Van Gaal to name Wilson in his starting team ahead of Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford. The youngster was a willing runner but had little influence.
Subs: McNair: 6, Falcao: 6.5, Herrera: 7
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