In what is meant to be one of the most exciting games of the season, Liverpool and United managed to keep us firmly in a Sunday afternoon doze as they gave very little for any Anfield crowd to cheer about.
Jurgen Klopp’s exciting brand of football was nowhere to be seen as his Liverpool side were sucked into a match just as tedious as Manchester United like to play nowadays.
Liverpool were clearly the side more deserving of victory, but the game dragged out to an undeserving victory for United as they parked the bus in what can only be a tribute to Jose Mourinho.
Chances were around for the Reds, but Manchester United managed to grind through another match without embarrassment as pressure builds on Louis van Gaal.
Liverpool will be completely confused at how they failed to win this game, but we can be sure that Klopp has taken some advice for the future from this defeat.
Rooney’s winner may have been against the run of play, but Van Gaal will still face a grilling over his dire tactics.
Here are FIVE things we learned from United’s victory…
Fellaini’s position at a big club isn’t exactly warranted anyway, but, unless he’s being used as a route one option, the lanky Belgian cannot be used by another club wanting to win titles.
The ex-Everton midfielder is nowhere near the standard to play as a central midfield player in the biggest clubs and the fact he keeps Ander Herrera away from the side is criminal.
The England and United captain looks to have finally returned to form, after an awful first half of the season.
Rooney’s winner in this game brought him the record for the most PL goals scored at one club and helped the ex-Everton man to score his first winner at Anfield since 2005.
Whilst the rest of the side looked lethargic, Rooney was more impressive than he has been as he netted for his fourth time in four games.
Being centre forward in Van Gaal’s side is a challenge, but Rooney kept patient and took his chance.
LvG might be optimistic after his sides derby victory, but the ex-Bayern manager will still be facing critics for United’s tedious display.
Van Gaal set up his side with the intention of keeping a clean sheet, which they did, but a performance like that at Old Trafford would still have reams of United fans booing.
Not Van Gaal, but Suarez.
Since Suarez has left – and Sturridge has been injured all the time – Liverpool have always looked short of a regular goal scorer and Firmino cannot be relied on to score all the time himself.
If you look at the XI today, Lallana (who hasn’t scored since May) and Milner, are not enough of a goal threat to be alongside Firmino in the forward line.
For Jurgen to implement his brilliant style, the ex-Dortmund manager will need time to build his own squad and clear out much of Rodgers’ dead wood.
Whether they are short-term signings like Steven Caulker, or big names to fit his system, Klopp cannot be truly judged until he has sorted this ordinary squad.