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Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

After yesterday’s convincing double, I am feeling even more confident with today’s following bets, as I know a lot of people don’t like the shorter odds I will also add a bigger odds bet today for those that like a punt. As always, I believe the bet of the day will come through, but with the longer bet there are no promises due to the bigger odds, read my reasons for why I have picked the bets and make a decision yourself on how much you would like to stake.

Bet Of The Day:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = over 1.5 goals. 2/7

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Adding these to a double would account to 0.71/1, so just like yesterday a little bank builder.

Longer odds acca:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = Manchester United or draw (double chance). 5/6

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi = Anderlecht win to nil. 5/4

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Atletico Bilbao vs Betis = Atletico Bilbao win. 2/5

If you accumulate all these, it would add up to 6.7/1, which is at a lot heftier price and to be honest looks pretty good odds.

Here are my reasons to why I have chosen these bets…

Manchester City vs Manchester United: So for this game, firstly I have gone for over 1.5 goals, this is a derby which both teams need to win for the top four. I think this game will be an end-to-end game, and without Ibrahimovic, Manchester United will play with more pace on the counter of Manchester City’s possession game which could see a few goals. At home, Manchester City average 2.8 goals, whilst away from home United average 2.67 goals per game. Both teams in 30 appearances have only failed to score 3 times, the earlier meeting this season also saw 3 goals. The next bet in this game I have gone for is Manchester United double chance, I just can’t see them losing to a City side that must be tired both mentally and physically after their extra time defeat in the FA Cup. Manchester City have only managed to win 8 times in 15 appearances at home this season, whilst Manchester United have only lost twice in 15 appearances on the road. To add to this, Manchester United haven’t been beat in the league for a very long time, it was 6 months ago on a run that now stretches over 20 games.

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo: Sevilla have been very impressive at home this year, winning 12 games out of 16, leading to them getting a Champions League spot, on the other hand Celta Vigo have been shaky on the road, conceding 29 goals in 16 games and only winning 4 out of a possible 16. Sevilla beat Celta Vigo 0-3 earlier in the season and with Celta Vigo focusing on the Europa League, you can expect Sevilla to beat them again this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Athletic Bilbao are very, very impressive at home, this season they have won 12 out of 17 games and nearly averaging 2 goals scored in those games. Real Betis are woeful away from home, they have lost 11 games out of 16, only maanging 1 clean sheet, Bilbao look pretty safe tonight and should come away from the game with 3 points.

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi: This is the risky bet, but the stats certainly go in the favour of the home team, I have predicted an Anderlecht win to nil, meaning Sporting Charleroi will not score. They have averaged less than 1 goal a game at the home of Anderlecht and have lost 19 / 22 games throughout the years. This season away from home they have averaged under a goal per game away from home also, whilst Anderlecht have scored 2.35 goals per game and only conceded 0.65 goals per game at home. They look awesome at 5/4, especially with the fact that they have kept 10 clean sheets, in 17 home games, giving them one of the very best defences in Europe. Obviously, this is a slight risk as a goal can come from anything in football.



Bet Of The Day 26/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 26/04/2017

Barcelona to beat Osasuna with Osasuna having a 2 goal head start (-2 handicap) 3/10.

Real Madrid to score 2 or more goals (2+ goals) 1/3.

The odds I have gone for will add up to 0.73/1 as a double. Meaning if you place £10 you will win £17.30, including your stake back. These are two bets I feel very confident with, read on to find out why…

Cutting straight to the point, Barcelona should absolutely destroy Osasuna, this is first in the league taking on the bottom of the league. Barcelona need to win or their chances at winning the league might just vanish, they will be very high on confidence after the excellent El Classico win that was led my magician Lionel Messi. On average Barcelona have scored 3.06 goals at home this season in the league, and Osasuna have conceded 2.44 goals away from home this season. In the last 4 meetings between these two teams at the Camp Nou, Barcelona have won:  7-0, 5-1, 8-0 and 4-0. When the sides met earlier this season, Barcelona defeated Osasuna 0-3, with Osasuna only managing 2 clean sheets in 33 league games this season, expect Lionel Messi and co to continue their title campaign.

Onto the second part of the double, Real Madrid to score 2+ goals, away at Deportivo La Coruna, Real Madrid also need to win after their dreadful loss at home to Barcelona a few days ago. Real Madrid statistically have the best away attack in the league, averaging an incredible 2.8 goals per game when they play on the road. You can expect them to continue their incredible scoring spree against a down and out Deportivo side who are in danger of getting relegated after their awful recent form. You can also expect Ronaldo playing with something to prove after his below par performance in the El Classico, 2 goals or more at a price of 1/3 seems brilliant. And if you need even more reason to back this, Real Madrid have only failed to score 2 goals or more against Deportivo 1 once out of their last 10 meetings.

2017 Mock Draft NFL

2017 Mock Draft NFL

With the draft coming up this weekend, here is my prediction for who will go where and with what pick, pending no trades. Just for the 32 first round picks.

#1 – Cleveland Browns select defensive end MYLES GARRETT. Probably not the position Cleveland need the most, but can’t see them passing on Garrett who is highly rated by all scouts.

#2 – 49ers select defensive end SOLOMON THOMAS. They need a defensive end and Thomas is definitely the best option behind Myles Garrett.

#3 – Chicago Bears select corner MARSHON LATTIMORE, a great corner out of Ohio State, with Chicago needing to improve their secondary this seems a likely pick.

#4 – Jacksonville Jaguars select LEONARD FOURNETTE, Fournette is the best running back out of this draft class, the build of him is very freakish and he would be a useful tool for the Jaguars.

#5 – Tennessee Titans select MIKE WILLIAMS, with Mariota looking promising the Titans need to improve their weapons. I see them picking the best wide receiver in the class to link up with Mariota.

#6 – New York Jets select JAMAL ADAMS, this pick could go anywhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets actually took a risk on Deshaun Watson with them needing a quarterback. But, I think they’ll go with the more safe option of safety Adams.

#7 – Los Angeles Chargers select MALIK HOOKER, safety after safety here. If the Jets don’t take Adams then he could land here, but the Chargers definitely need a defensive piece.

#8 – Carolina Panthers select CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, the running back had an impressive combine and with the Panthers needing a running back I would say Mccaffrey is the second best option behind Fournette.

#9 – Cincinnati Bengals select JONATHON ALLEN, I imagine the Bengals taking a defensive end so Allen should round up 3 DE’s going in the top 10.

#10 – Buffalo Bills select MITCHELL TRUBISKY, I can see the Bills taking a quarterback and going with Trubisky, I also think they’ll regret this as he will wind up as a bust, not the answer to their problems.

#11 – New Orleans Saints select GAREON CONLEY, the Saints have a great offence but they need to improve the defence immediately in order for Drew Brees to make the most of his threats.

#12 – Cleveland Browns select DESHAUN WATSON, I think he will finally go with the 12th pick, a lot of people are excited to see what he can do after his brilliant finals performance for Clemson in the comeback over Alabama.

#13 – Arizona Cardinals select JOHN ROSS, after his blistering record setting 40 yard dash, I think the Cardinals will take a risk on Ross rather than Corey Davis just because of the combine results.

#14 – Philadelphia Eagles select REUBEN FOSTER, this pick could literally go anywhere, but I think they will improve their defence by taking the first linebacker out of Alabama.

#15 – Indianapolis Colts select TAKKARIST MCKINLEY, another defensive end goes, the Colts simply have to improve their defence, they cant afford to waste Andrew Luck’s prime years.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens select O.J HOWARD, the first tight end for me in this draft, same again the Ravens pick could go anywhere but I’m sure they will use it to give Joe Flacco an extra piece.

#17 – Washington Redskins select DALVIN COOK, a very exciting running back out of Florida State, the Redskins should improve their offence if they want to compete with Cowboys and Giants in their divison.

#18 – Tennessee Titans select TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE, this pick could very well be traded with having an earlier pick to add an already well established corner but I think they will take White out of Louisana.

#19 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select DEREK BARNETT, the defensive end love fest continues, Tampa Bay will select Barnett to improve their defence as Winston looks to settle into their franchise quarterback.

#20 – Denver Broncos select RYAN RAMCZYK, the Broncos had a shocker of a season last year and definitely need to improve their offensive line to protect the quarterback.

#21 – Detroit Lions select HAASON REDDICK, they need a linebacker so the Lions will look at Reddick from Temple to improve their defence.

#22 – Miami Dolphins select TACO CHARLTON, you guessed it, another defensive end, the Dolphins will use this pick to improve their defence but it could go outside of this position with so many already being picked.

#23 – New York Giants select CAM ROBINSON, they need to protect Eli more as he has a lot of options this year that could put them into a playoff run.

#24 – Oakland Raiders select JARRAD DAVIS, the Raiders definitely need a linebacker to help them out and Davis is the best of those left, they look promising going into next year.

#25 – Houston Texans select PATRICK MAHOMES, the Texans desperately need a quarterback so I expect to take a risk on Mahomes.

#26 – Seattle Seahawks select KEVIN KING, a cornerback would be a good addition, especially with star corner Richard Sherman there to help.

#27 – Kansas City Chiefs select QUINCY WILSON, another cornerback goes with this pick as the Chiefs look to improve their already stable defence.

#28 – Dallas Cowboys select ADOREE JACKSON, the Cowboys will use this pick on a defensive piece after their disappointing playoff appearance on the defensive part.

#29 – Green Bay Packers select JOE MIXON, they need a running back but this pick will go on a cornerback if one of the previous three aren’t taken.

#30 – Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J WATT, welcome the first outside linebacker to the draft, Watt looks promising and will be a good asset for the Steelers.

#31 – Atlanta Falcons select FORREST LAMP, they definitely need to protect Ryan a lot more after their embarrassing Super Bowl choke.

#32 – New England Patriots select BUDDER BAKER, this could literally go on anything and you’d expect Bellicheck to turn the player into absolute quality.


Donald Trump – Open Your Mind. (includes conspiracy theories)

Donald Trump – Open Your Mind. (includes conspiracy theories)

I don’t normally write about anything involving Politics and the craziness / corruption surrounding it. But I felt like after spending large amounts of time researching the facts behind US Politics, the media and the new President Donald Trump that there are messages that need to be brought forward for the World to see. You see, Politics is so complicated that it can be so easily twisted and formulated into something that it is not; the government work with the highest people from all around the World and the highest members of the media. As many of you may know, there is a conspiracy theory named the ‘Illuminati’ which is realistically possible and can swing the mind of someone who usually would not be interested in anything that is so deep, this links in with World leaders working together to rule the World. One person who is certainly not part of the alleged ‘Illuminati’ is Donald Trump, this man is so far ahead of the game and has dangerous secrets that he can expose, which leads the media and other leaders such as Hilary Clinton to try and label him as things that he is not. These allegations are then shared around the power that we have in the 21st century which is social media. This leads to the average person who does not take any interest in Politics to break into an outrage over very mediated pieces of fake news.

These leaders are scared of Trump, he knows absolutely everything, and the scariest part is that he is not afraid to release this information. In his reign you can expect to see various conspiracies that have been surrounding the face of the Earth to be revealed in their entirety such as: 9/11 – the government worked with Saudi Arabia, cancer cures and mainly the fact that a lot of members of the government are actually paedophiles. This is where the government’s problems stem with Donald Trump, he has such a high level of knowledge on the fact that many of these World leaders such as Hilary Clinton are part of things such as paedophile rings, As exposed on her emails, you can see disgusting indications towards 9 year olds being used for sexual pleasure. Donald Trump is all for humanity, he will do his best to serve justice to these grim, vile imbeciles and he understands everything that the people stand for in today’s day and age. A big example of this is him trying to pass laws for homosexuals, he has nothing against this sexuality, but the media as tried to label this against him, it’s like a David vs Goliath battle where he constantly has to combat against all the odds. He wants to create a society where everyone has the chance to succeed, there are not many World leaders that care about the people as much as Donald Trump. They say all of this during their speeches before the election, then don’t do things what they include on their manifesto, a part of this is down to how rigid the USA’s codified constitution is, meaning that the law is incredibly hard to change even when in a position of great power. Barack Obama was potentially the most ineffective President to take reign, all he did was double the National Debt (to be fair, he did a decent job with the unemployment rates). Many people believe that he actually was pushed to the position by the CIA, and another conspiracy theory surrounding Barack Obama is that he himself is a bisexual due to the ordering of ‘hot dogs’ to his house. For those of you that don’t know, ‘hot dogs’ are coded to male prostitutes, and I highly doubt that Barack Obama would be spending $65,000 on just normal hot dogs. This is not really relevant but I suppose it’s just another example of Barack Obama not telling the truth. Similar to the time he faked the death of Osama Bin Laden to gain popularity, and also the time he engineered Hurricane Sandy before Election Day in order to create more time for him to get votes as the ballot paper deadline was extended.

The message is, do not form your opinion based on what you see on social media (especially with no research), you are most likely seeing a video that has been forced down your throat and is incredibly mediated towards left-wing activists. As proven recently, Donald Trump is incredibly popular with the US natives. He won the election fair and square, with virtually no political background. In addition to the ‘fair and square’ remark, he also did this whilst Hilary literally stole 5 states from him as the voting was rigged as the system tried anything and everything to stop Donald Trump from winning as they know he is unafraid to tell the truth. Given that the Congress back him, suggesting appropriate amendments then he could become the most effective President the USA ever have.

I know this article has been all about the advantages of Donald Trump, but there is one negative I would like to point out to make sure this is not completely biased. He made a remark a decade ago referring to how woman throw themselves at him due to the money he has. Donald said “I just grab ’em by the pussy”, now I am not defending this statement as it is completely out of order and he received the adequate amount of verbal retribution for it, but yet again it proves the double standards of the World we live in. If Kim Kardashian said she just ‘grabs them by the penis’ referring to her getting any man she wants due to her fame, would the media whip into a frenzy over her disrespecting men? I think not.

Thank you for reading this article, please post comments in the section telling me what you think of Donald Trump and also any of the conspiracy theories that are mentioned.

Champions League Winners?

Champions League Winners?

After a couple of one sided games in last weeks matchdays, the Champions League really seems up in the air this year. Over the past few years, the eventual winners have been pretty predictable, with Zidane’s new look Madrid winning last year, Enrique’s ‘MSN’ the year before and the La Decima before that. I have a feeling that this year’s winner may be a bit of a shock, just like Chelsea when they turned over Munich in the Allianz Arena. So let’s assess the remaining teams…

Real Madrid: Obviously the defending champions have an excellent chance, they haven’t won the league in ages and are in pole position right now so the Champions League will not be priority like last year. But after an impressive 3-1 win over Napoli, and a returning Gareth Bale they will be very hard to beat.

Napoli: Napoli are an excellent side and definitely will be a force to come in the coming years with their brutal attack, I do not see them overturning the 3-1 deficit against Madrid though sadly for them.

Bayern Munich: Possibly the favourites, they haven’t done anything in a few years across Europe, after that impressive thumping over Arsenal last week they may just be the team to beat. It would also be a fitting send off for Alonso and Lahm who are retiring at the end of the year.

Arsenal: Unfortunately another exit in the first round.

Benfica: They scraped a 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at home last week but didn’t look that impressive. After losing Goncalo Guedes they have lost a little fire power too, they will do well to progress to the quarters.

Borussia Dortmund: I think they will overturn Benfica at home, but will struggle in the clutch games that will come after that due to how weak their defence is and poor away form. Thomas Tuchel definitely has something to work with in the future with that young attack though.

Barcelona: Absolutely awful performance in the first leg vs PSG, might as well announce next year’s manager already.

PSG: This could finally be the year, they won’t be worrying about the league and have this solely to focus on. The midfield duo of Rabiot and Verrati looks incredible, they outclassed Barcelona’s excellent midfield last week and the other threats around also looked great.

Bayer Leverkusen: Will struggle against Atletico, not been too good this year, don’t see much for them.

Atletico Madrid: With nothing to play for in the league, I think they will have another good run in this competition. Diego Simeone has shown a ability to set up teams for crunch clashes in important games and he has virtually the same squad this year with a little added power. They have been unlucky over the last few years and it’s only a matter of time before they finally win it before Simeone moves on.

Manchester City: Simply not good enough, don’t see them making it past the quarters, Guardiola does not have the squad that he desires yet.

Monaco: One of the best home records and attacks across Europe, they may cause a couple of upsets with the attack of Falcao, Silva and Lemar but I don’t think the defence will be able to go past the semis.

Leicester City: What a story this would be, but the tie against Sevilla may get embarrassing if they perform like they have been doing in the league.

Sevilla: They have been good in the league this year and have shown that they can perform in Europe. They could be a surprise team this year, if they can replicate previous years.

Porto: Don’t see them getting past this next round, just not strong enough.

Juventus: They have a decent chance of having a good run this year, with the league already in one hand they can have a real go just like they did a couple of years ago.

There are a few contenders this year, but I am going for a PSG vs Atletico Madrid final. If this happens I will take Atletico Madrid as winners. If these are drawn against each other I will take the winner’s of the tie. Admittedly, anybody could take it this year.

Warriors Taking Over?

Warriors Taking Over?

With the Golden State Warriors hitting form, and the Cleveland Cavaliers hitting the rocks a little, is it time to admit that the Golden State Warriors are the favourites to lift the Championship? Before the season began, everyone highlighted that the Warriors would struggle with the defensive end of the ball game as they acquired Kevin Durant, only to lose Bogut and Ezeli. However, that has not been the case as to everyone’s surprise they have been the best defensive team of the season and the acquisition of Kevin Durant has made their defence stronger. In that blowout win at the Oracle against Cleveland, Durant showed that he can even play a little bit of 5 as he shutdown LeBron James partly, something that Durant has struggled to do since he first started matching up with LeBron.

The rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland is pretty much the only relevant thing the NBA has going on this year. You can mention this new rivalry between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook too, but that’s quite irrelevant due to the Thunder not being a realistic challenge for Golden State. You can also mention the constant beef between ‘Boogie’ Cousins and the refs, but who really cares about the Sacramento Kings? There are no other realistic contenders from the Eastern Conference, and Golden State will likely overhaul any Western team apart from Kahwi’s Spurs who could mount a challenge. Everybody has it set into their minds that the final is already set out between these two super teams.

After making an impressive fourth quarter comeback on Christmas Day, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed that they had the most experience of the two teams. However, last week the Warriors won by 35 points which turned a few heads and made many people believe that the Warriors are by far the superior team due to the star power they have. Since the trade for Kyle Korver, Cleveland’s plans haven’t started superbly, their record has drifted out to 30-12, whilst the impressive Warriors have moved to 37-6. Of course this is just the regular season, which means LeBron will be strolling along, and the defending champions won’t be in that playoff mindset. To add to that, this time last year the Warriors were like 40-3, whilst the Cavaliers were in danger as they had many managerial problems.

The whole NBA are pretty much relying on LeBron to stop this mega team from winning it all, just like last season when he spurred his team to a 3-1 comeback. This season means so much more because of Kevin Durant though and has caused many basketball fans to turn on the Warriors. Here is what I see happening in this years finals (and yes I do think it will be a Warriors-Cavs final).

PG: Steph Curry vs Kyrie Irving. Recent times have showed that Irving is more clutch than Curry. But with less responsibility on the 2x MVP this year it could be his year to shine. Both players are at the top of their game, and reliable scorers for both of their teams. You can’t really make a decision between these two, Curry is unstoppable from the 3pt line, and Kyrie can not be stopped on the drive.

SG: Klay Thompson vs JR Smith. This will obviously be all about JR trying to shut down the impressive Thompson once again. He managed to keep Thompson pretty quiet last year, and obviously popped a few impressive three’s himself. Whoever is guarding Klay, whether it’s Smith, Liggins or Shumpert, their job will be to give him as little room as possible and challenge every shot he puts up. If Klay gets on fire then you can’t stop him, just like he showed in his 37 point quarter against the Kings last year.

SF: Kevin Durant vs LeBron James. The best two players in the World. LeBron can not go into the mode where he thinks that he can jump every shot, he needs to drive into the paint and get the Warriors into foul trouble. Once he did this last year, the Warriors started panicking. On the other hand, Kevin Durant needs to keep popping shots and be as efficient as we all know he can be. Durant has not shown any sign of being clutch throughout his career, this is his major chance on the biggest stage. Everyone knows how impressive he is going forward, but he needs to make a big contribution defending the paint this series.

PF: Draymond Green vs Kevin Love. Green has clearly showed he is the glue to this Warriors team, you know that he will turn up. His major part in this game is to keep Love quiet, like Cleveland will try to do with Thompson. He also needs to protect the paint and get into James’ head. Kevin Love has had a great year thus far when fit, his 3pt range is a danger to any team.

C: Zaza Pachulia vs Tristan Thompson. All these guys need to do is defend the paint, grab rebounds and make as big of a defensive contribution as possible. Everyone knows that this series will be close so that extra rebound could be the difference.

Bench: Obviously these players will be used to give the starters a rest, but there will only be two real relevant players in my opinion that will affect the game massively. Andre Iguadola needs a series like he had 2 years ago. Kyle Korver needs to show the World that he is one of the best shooters of all time, it’s as simple as that, both players will make huge contributions coming off of the bench.

After showing they can actually defend, I predict that the Golden State Warriors will win the Championship 4-2. This series could go either way, and we all know LeBron James can turn a series’ on its head.

Manchester United vs Liverpool thoughts

Manchester United vs Liverpool thoughts

Yesterday was yet another day of social media trying to crucify Manchester United and Paul Pogba as much as possible. Most of yesterday’s football focus was more on the irrelevant things rather than giving praise where it is due. Manchester United carried on their amazing run of form, and Liverpool earned a well fought point with several players missing.

The game as a whole lacked quite a lot of quality, but was very entertaining and very well refereed. Michael Oliver had a superb game, and in my opinion only made one poor decision which was booking Dejan Lovren, the assistant’s also made a couple of mistakes, with Valencia highlighted offside in the lead-up to Manchester United’s first goal, and a booking that Paul Pogba should’ve received for wrestling Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to the ground.

The first half started off very slow, there were very few chances. Paul Pogba should have give Manchester United the lead, but he dragged his weak foot shot just across the post. Liverpool capitalised on Paul Pogba’s inability to mark the constant aerial threat of Dejan Lovren as he gave away a penalty that James Milner slotted home. With the score at 1-0, Mkhitaryan had a brilliant chance one-on-one with Simon Mignolet but the Belgian keeper pulled off a beautiful save. In a nutshell, the first half was possession based and neither side looked threatening. Anthony Martial was a constant threat down the left side, but struggled to create anything that could have been turned into a goal.

The second half was really a tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho that completely swung the game into Manchester United’s favour. The first substitute took place at the half, with Wayne Rooney replacing Michael Carrick, this gave Manchester United much more options going forward and Rooney played a huge part in creating the goal. Liverpool sat back in hope that Manchester United would not score, they were very poor going forward at this stage of the game and created nothing. Manchester United carried on the pressure without creating any real key chance, Juan Mata replaced Anthony Martial who had an outstanding performance. Liverpool were shocking at the start of the second half until Phillipe Coutinho entered the field, from this point on he got Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Gigi Wijnaldum ticking. Roberto Firmino should have sealed the game but David De Gea came up with a trademark save. Jose Mourinho figured that the game needed a ‘Plan B’ as Liverpool’s defensive unit was not going to be broken down, on come Marouane Fellaini. Antonio Valencia had much more space down the right side as Phillipe Coutinho often abandoned his defensive duties, Divock Origi who was replaced had done a brilliant job of keeping him at bay. Manchester United finally scored as Wayne Rooney played a brilliant ball to Marouane Fellaini who struck the post, the ball then rebounded to Antonio Valencia who found Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod home off the bar. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been non-existent all game until that goal, he was marked out brilliantly by my man of the match Dejan Lovren. The last minutes of the game were end to end, but neither keeper was troubled and the game finished 1-1.

Manchester United ratings:

David De Gea – 8. Distributed the ball excellently, made a few decent saves, could do nothing about the goal.

Antonio Valencia – 7. Did well to create the goal, wasn’t his best attacking display of the season. Kept Divock Origi and Phillipe Coutinho relatively quiet.

Phil Jones – 7. Very good performance, but made a crucial mistake in the lead up to Liverpool’s goal.

Marcos Rojo – 7. Did what he had to do, and did it superbly.

Matteo Darmian – 7. Was great defensively but lacked any real threat going forward.

Michael Carrick – 5. Had a very poor first half, and was correctly substituted at half time.

Paul Pogba – 5. Had a poor game and gave away the goal. Didn’t look his usual self in the midfield against a packed Liverpool side.

Ander Herrera – 7. Carried the Manchester United midfield once again, created a couple of chances and made a few crucial interceptions.

Anthony Martial – 8. Was by far Manchester United’s best player going forward, caused the Liverpool defence real problems and worked back defensively.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7. Another solid outing for the Armenian. Set up Paul Pogba, and should have scored after making a brilliant run.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6. Nothing but the goal. Offered very little, but did what he does best to save the day.

Wayne Rooney – 7. Tried his hardest throughout the second half and his hard work paid dividends when Manchester United equalised.

Juan Mata – 7. Was good when he entered the field and gave Manchester United another option with his silkiness.

Marouane Fellaini – 8. An outstanding substitution. Did not lose an aerial duel and battled until the end, clearly in Mourinho’s plans and deservedly so.

Liverpool rating’s:

Simon Mignolet – 8. Showed why he is a great shot stopper, but still looks quite dodgy with his distribution and crosses.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6. Struggled a lot against one of the best dribblers in the league, he wasn’t any threat going forward but showed great maturity by having a much stronger half defensively in the second. The 18 year old definitely looks special.

Dejan Lovren – 9. Man of the match. Won everything and basically won Liverpool’s penalty.

Ragnor Klavan – 6. Was very dodgy and out of position, also lost quite a lot of aerial duels especially when Marouane Fellaini came on.

James Milner – 8. Nerves of steel. Good display by the left back and showed why he is a part of the Liverpool side.

Jordan Henderson – 6. Wasn’t really involved in the game too much other than the first 20 minutes.

Emre Can – 6. Same as Jordan Henderson, he did what he had to do defensively but didn’t offer or create anything.

Gigi Wijnaldum – 8. Excellent display from Wijnaldum, he covered every blade on the field and unsettled Paul Pogba throughout.

Adam Lallana – 7. Tried his best to get Liverpool playing good football, pressed well and caused a few mistakes.

Roberto Firmino – 7. Played well without doing anything special, pressed excellently and stuck to his job. Could have scored to seal the game though.

Divock Origi – 7. Had a great game, was a nuisance and marked Antonio Valencia out of the game until he was brought off.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7. Looked dangerous as always and created a couple of chances, however his abandoning of defensive duties gave Manchester United something to capitalise on.