Jerome Sinclair scored a fine goal for Liverpool U21s against Man Utd this evening

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Jerome Sinclair scored a superb chip for Liverpool U21's against Manchester United this evening, but couldn't help his team grab all three points after his goal was cancelled out by James Weir.

24 hours after Liverpool's senior team secured a 2-0 win against the Red Devils in the Europa League, their young guns looked good value for the win in the first half at Prenton Park - although they had a little help from a few familiar faces.

First-team defender Martin Skrtel played more than an hour as he continued his recovery from injury, while Jordon Ibe also starred. 

For Manchester United, Adnan Januzaj featured in the game, and Antonio Valencia took a major step forward in his recovery from injury by featuring tonight.

Sinclair was the star of the show on the night and pulled off a lovely chip to give Liverpool the lead early on in the second half against a Manchester United side who currently sit at the top of the U21 table.

However Weir was on hand to equalise later on after a mix up in the Liverpool defence, ensuring that the spoils were shared.

There was some good news for Manchester United with the return of Valencia, who has been out of action since October with a foot injury that he picked up in the Manchester derby.

The Red Devils could do with as much good news as they can get after their woeful performance at Anfield last night, which once more raised questions about Louis van Gaal's leadership. 

The Dutchman's side are on the brink in Europe and look likely to miss out on the Champions League via the Europa League, and they're currently three points off the top four having played a game more than Manchester City, who currently sit in fourth.

Battle lost

Van Gaal conceded after the game last night that his side were second best, and face an uphill battle to get back into the tie against Liverpool. "We did not cope with the high pressure of Liverpool," he said. "We had expected that and for me it was a surprise we did not cope with it because they did it at their home match this year.

"That raised the atmosphere in the stadium and they created big chances but we had a very good goalkeeper and because of that we were in the match. I don't think we were very creative in the third and fourth phase but it is also the defence of Liverpool and you can give credit for that to Liverpool.

"We have to improve a lot to create more goals."

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