From the two teams’ performance, it was quite evident that Jose Mourinho got the better of Jurgen Klopp’s tactics, and the fact that all three players on the scoresheet belonged to the home side summed up United’s dominance on the pitch.
Marcus Rashford naturally grabbed all the headlines due to his brace, but one unlikely United player managed to surprising garner a lot of praised from the fans, thanks to a moment that occurred around the 58th minute of the game.
Chris Smalling, who has received a lot of criticism from pundits and supporters alike lately, was involved in a tussle with Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah near the touchline as the clock approached the hour mark.
However, the English centre-back came out on top using his sheer physical strength in this duel, as he not only cleared the ball out of play, but also slammed the Egyptian speedster straight to the ground.
Smalling body-slamming Salah. 😛 pic.twitter.com/75ROJgFdag
— Man Utd FF (@ManUtdFF) March 11, 2018
The Red Devils’ fan base has since hailed this passionate act from their defender on social media, labeling this moment as one of the highlights of the fiery fixture.
Best moment of yesterday: Smalling mandhandling and throwing Salah to the ground. 😂😂😂👌 #mufc
— Vishwas_Mufc (@manunited4everr) March 11, 2018
Moment of the Match: Smalling chucking Salah like last week's trash 🤣😂
— Spyro The Bandicoot (@Kashief_9006) March 10, 2018
— ManUtd (@mr_greentong) March 10, 2018
Smalling fucking Salah on the ground has made my day #MUFC
— Luke (@LMG1799) March 10, 2018
Nice win today 👍🏻👍🏻 #mufc … Smalling throwing salah around was the highlight of my day 😂😂
— B Mother_way (@brian87cork) March 10, 2018