- As Tottenham lose 0-1
- Rashford’s brace lifts Man United
Record-breaking Liverpool are just thirty-five points away from real history!
On a night that they cleared another huge hurdle in the English Premiership title race, the relentless Reds claimed a historic 20th win from their 21st game of the season by beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 to go 16 points clear on the log.
The celebrations which greeted the final whistle told their own story. The record breakers are rolling on impressively and surely this relentless, remarkable Liverpool team continues to write its name into football history.
Victory over Tottenham, narrow but crucial, ensures the Reds have now officially made the best ever start to an English top-flight season.
In fact, their record, 20 wins and a draw from 21 matches, is unmatched across any of Europe’s top five leagues.
This was another hurdle cleared, a huge one in their quest for a Premier League title. It was endurance rather than enjoyment at times, but when referee Martin Atkinson brought an end to proceedings, it was the men in red who were smiling.
Jose Mourinho, their old enemy, was left to reflect on missed chances and, of course, what he felt were a few dubious decisions that went against his side. His disdain for Liverpool grows with each meeting.
Liverpool won’t care, but should they? They can look down on Mourinho and Spurs, just like they can everybody else. This win, coupled with Leicester’s surprise home defeat to Southampton earlier in the day, leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men 16 points clear at the top of the table.
Interestingly, it was also the night that Marcus Rashford marked his 200th Manchester United appearance in style, scoring twice as the Red Devils returned to winning ways.
The match played at Old Trafford saw the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men easily despatching bottom-of-the-table Norwich 4-0
At 22, Rashford becomes the third youngest player to reach the landmark for United. He opened scoring in the first half by stabbing home Juan Mata’s deep cross to the back post.
United completely dominated possession throughout the game and were rampant in the second half with the England international netting his second after Brandon Williams was brought down in the box by Norwich goalkeeper, Tim Krul.
Anthony Martial, who is also closing in on a double century of United games, rose highest to nod home from another inch-perfect Mata cross to seal victory before the hour mark.
Full-back Williams should have increased the tally for United but somehow blazed his effort high into the Stretford End from two yards out with the goal gaping wide open.
However, Mason Greenwood came off the bench to stroke in a lovely fourth goal that effectively made Norwich look ordinary on the day.
The visitors’ best chance fell to midfielder Todd Cantwell at 1-0 on the stroke of half-time, but the England Under-21 international’s low curler was parried by a stunning save from United’s keeper, David de Gea.
With the victory, United have moved back into fifth place, five points behind Chelsea, while the Canaries remain rooted to the bottom, a long seven points from safety. They have played one game more than the three teams above them. – Goal.com