Manchester United nearly made different Marcus Rashford decision against Liverpool

Manchester United nearly made different Marcus Rashford decision against Liverpool

For the second, Lovren actually got his head to the ball off De Gea's kick but stumbled to the ground under pressure from Lukaku, who collected possession and fed Juan Mata.

Liverpool's hopes of finishing second in the Premier League took a blow as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to arch-rivals Man United on Saturday.

It would mean another big occasion, another trip to Wembley. "That will be the choice".

"It's important to understand that we must be prepared to suffer, if we play with Hazard as number nine, or if we play with Giroud or Morata as number nine and Hazard as number 10", Conte told Chelsea TV.

"Just because City are having a successful season doesn't mean United's season has to be a disaster".

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However, Mourinho says they settled their differences in the lead up to United's victory over Chelsea three weeks ago.

"He's playing well. He is using every minute on the pitch and outside the pitch to learn", said the United boss, whose side shared a 0-0 draw at Sevilla in the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Often criticized for failing to bring through youngsters at the clubs he has managed, Mourinho has made the development of McTominay one of his special projects in his 20 months at United.

Most clubs would be delighted to be sitting second in the Premier League, into the FA Cup quarter finals and on the verge of a return to the last eight of the Champions League. "It's never easy in the Champions League, but you never know what can happen".

"I remember his beginnings, when sometimes he was not even on the bench but I was taking him with the team as the extra player", Mourinho said.

"I think [fourth official] Martin Atkinson, after so many years of this, I think made the right decision".

Key stat: Marouane Fellaini did not misplace a single pass against Liverpool (4/4). One or two dangerous corners aside, he had little influence on the game.

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Mourinho had previously hinted at the veteran's retirement, hinting at his desire to offer the former England international a role among his staff. Some might argue that he'll improve, that he's young and he can overcome the current deficiencies in his game. A useful squad player for Klopp, but he looked out of his depth on Saturday. "But my team is motivated". "It says nothing. In modern football you have to live day by day, week by week and match by match".

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.