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Phil Jones and Michael Carrick sit amongst Manchester United fans at Anfield

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Now this is what we like to see - both Phil Jones and Michael Carrick were spotted sitting amongst Manchester United fans at Anfield today.

The pair, who weren't included in boss Louis van Gaal's team to face their biggest rivals, opted against watching the game from a corporate box and instead positioned themselves amongst the travelling supporters on Merseyside.

Of course, it didn't take long for the pair to be recognised and pictures soon started appearing on social media.

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So well received was the gesture that 'Phil Jones' was trending on Twitter before half-time, with many Manchester United fans taking to the social media site to express their gratitude for the multi-millionaire's decision to mingle with the fans.

It was perhaps the most positive aspect of a difficult first 45 minutes against a Liverpool side, who enjoyed the better of proceedings. James Milner and Jordan Henderson spurned chances to break the deadlock, while Manchester United struggled to fashion a single chance.

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It seems to be a recurring theme when it comes to Manchester United players sitting amongst the club's fans - Ashley Young did exactly the same thing during a game against Newcastle back in 2012.

Manchester United have won just two of their last 11 games and are looking to close a five point gap to Tottenham in fourth place this afternoon, against a Liverpool side who played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Arsenal earlier this week.

While the home team have been able to dominate possession they haven't been able to apply the finishing touches, and with Daniel Sturridge still out of action, their hopes lie with Roberto Firmino and co. as Jurgen Klopp's team look to move up the table from ninth.

Manchester United fans - as well as Jones and Carrick - will hope to cheer on a better performance in the second half. 

Who do you think will go on to win the match in the second half?

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Phil Jones
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Michael Carrick
Ryan Giggs
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney

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