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Although Manchester United walk away from Anfield with three points, thus completing their league double against Liverpool for the second season running, their performance in the game was far from impressive.

The lone strike from Rooney was enough for the Red Devils from Manchester as a lot of attempts from the Scousers were deemed pointless either by de Gea or by their own poor finishing.

Here we have some of the talking points from the game.

5. Below par performance from United

Manchester United could do with signing Felipe Anderson. The travelling fans would have not at all been satisfied with what they saw. The performance from United was below par to say the least, but in the end, they got the goal which might just save Louis van Gaal, at least for now.

With only five shots, Van Gaal really needs to step up United’s game if they are to at least qualify for the Champions League. United’s game lacks pace and creativity and most of all, that X-factor which made United what they are.

With only Anthony Martial trying to break the monotonous approach United have had in recent weeks, the squad lacks the willingness to take on defenders or, to put it bluntly, score. The effort which gave United the three points was perhaps the only one which did not involve Martial.

Signing Felipe Anderson would not only bring pace to United’s attacks but will increase the probability of them scoring. The kind of player that Anderson is, and the fact that he is available for them to sign should be enough motivation for United to splash the cash. The team as of now isn’t one which can handle intense derby matches like these.

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