New signing Anthony Martial scored a fine goal on his debut as Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League by beating Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Substitute Frenchman Martial scored the third goal late in the game after goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrerra put United 2-0 up.
A stunning Christian Benteke overhead kick had reduced the score to 2-1, but Martial sealed United’s third straight win over their bitter rivals.
A first victory in three for the Red Devils lifts them up to second place on goal difference, while their underwhelming arch-rivals are now down in ninth.
The best opportunity of a lacklustre first half fell the home side’s way, and it came about following some shaky goalkeeping from Reds stopper Simon Mignolet.
Just seven minutes were on the clock when the Belgian threw the ball straight at Juan Mata on the edge of the box, with Marouane Fellaini – fielded as United’s most advanced player this evening in the absence of Wayne Rooney – lofting his attempt over the bar.
It was the Red Devils who found their groove the quickest, but Fellaini was unable to turn and hit the ball when picked out by a marauding Matteo Darmian down the right in the next attacking move.
Liverpool, who have avoided defeat on just one of their last nine visits to the Theatre of Dreams, did show signs of growing into the game when Nathaniel Clyne sliced wide from range 20 minutes in.
As the first half wore on, Louis van Gaal’s charges continued to dominate possession, without truly troubling their opponents in an attacking sense.