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Liverpool's painful defeat in Manchester puts Premier League in jeopardy

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool's painful defeat in Manchester puts Premier League in jeopardy

James Milner told off Van Djik on Sancho's goal for Manchester United's 1-0 win.

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Goals from Jadon Sancho in the 16th minute and Marcus Rashford in the 53rd minute saw Manchester United beat Liverpool in the Premier League Matchday 3 derby at Old Trafford on Monday night. Mohamed Salah scored the equaliser in the 81st minute and although Liverpool came close, they were unable to find an equaliser.

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In the first half, a United finish left Sancho alone in the six-yard box, who cut inside Milner and slotted home the opening goal for the Red Devils. That was the end of the first half. In the second half, United extended their lead after a through ball was played in by Rashford to beat Alisson Becker. Then, after a series of rebounds in the home side's box, Salah was able to get in a header to close the gap, but it wasn't enough to tie the game.

On-field controversy

Milner was the player who ended up on the ground after Sancho's cutback inside the six-yard box to slot home in the derby. Liverpool midfielder James Milner told off fellow defender Virgil Van Djik after Jadon Sancho's goal for Manchester United's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford. In the 16th minute, a Manchester United move down the left flank left Sancho almost alone in front of goal.

The British player took the opportunity left to him by his team-mates to make a couple of dribbles in the six-yard box, the last one to leave James Milner on the ground after Van Djik's carelessness in defence, for Sancho to slot the ball away from Alisson Becker into the bottom left-hand corner, setting up Manchester City's first goal.

After the play, the cameras caught Milner upset by the situation, along with Virgil Van Djik, to whom he complained about not being in position to mark Sancho, which could be interpreted as an oversight by the defender, which Milner realised and reprimanded his team-mate for the goal that until half-time kept the score at 1-0 at Old Trafford.


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