The two most profitable sides in English soccer couldn’t have come into the sport in additional contrasting kind.
However, United answered Solskjaer’s calls to rise to the event.
Liverpool have been with out Mohamed Salah by way of damage and the Egyptian’s tempo and trickery was badly missed.
The guests have been in a position to welcome again goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the primary time in two months after a calf damage, however the Brazilian was not often examined as United have been joyful to sit down again and counter-attack.
Solskjaer modified his formation to a 3-5-2 in an try and restrict Liverpool’s flying full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and it was largely efficient because the hosts restricted the league leaders to valuable few probabilities.
Liverpool’s finest opening earlier than the break got here when Sadio Mane lastly discovered some house to counter-attack, however from his cut-back Roberto Firmino fired too near David de Gea.
United had not scored of their two earlier matches previous to the worldwide break, however lastly produced a second of high quality going ahead to take the lead, even when fortune was additionally on their facet for the aim to face.
Victor Lindelof appeared to have upended Divock Origi on midway, however no foul was given by Martin Atkinson and as United broke ahead, Daniel James’s cross completely picked out Rashford to prod previous Alisson.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp was livid on the touchline even earlier than a VAR overview didn’t overturn the choice.
The guests’ frustration solely grew moments later when Mane outmuscled Lindelof to show in what he thought was an equaliser, just for VAR to this time rule the aim out for a handball by the Senegalese.
Klopp sprinted down the touchline on the half-time whistle, however was unable to alter the sample of the sport after the interval as Liverpool continued to dominate possession with out creating many probabilities.
Indeed United might have doubled their benefit when Rashford and Fred fired pictures simply large of Alisson’s aim on the counter-attack.
Lallana had performed simply 10 minutes within the Premier League this season previous to coming off the bench 20 minutes from time.
But he was in the suitable place on the proper time to make a telling contribution within the title race as he tapped residence on the again submit from Andy Robertson’s cross.
United have been than camped inside their very own field for 5 minutes of stoppage time.
Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain was inches away from a winner as his pushed shot flew simply large and United had one other VAR overview go their means deep into added time when Fred was adjudged to have performed the ball along with his shoulder fairly than an arm inside the realm.