The Red Devils took down their rivals at Old Trafford, after last weekend’s drab 0-0 draw in the Premier League.
Bruno Fernandes scored a free-kick late in the tie after coming off the bench in the second half.
Oh how 𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙩 does this one feel? 😍
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Liverpool went into the cup tie at Old Trafford bruised by their shock home loss to Burnley on Thursday and a draw with Manchester United.
Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the perfect start with a sublime finish (18) but Mason Greenwood fired in Manchester United’s opening goal eight minutes later following.
Marcus Rashford completed the turnaround with his fourth Old Trafford goal against Liverpool (48) but Salah restored parity after running onto Roberto Firmino’s pass (58).
Twelve minutes after coming off the bench, Fernandes lined up a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box.
It was a few yards further back than a penalty but it ended in the same result for the Portuguese midfielder, who found the bottom corner with accuracy and power.
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Greenwood’s goal, which levelled the game at 1-1 following a Mohamed Salah opener, was his first in 11 appearances for Manchester United, his longest run of games without a goal for the club.
At 19 years and 115 days, Greenwood is the youngest Manchester United player to score against Liverpool since Rooney, who fired a goal past the Reds at age 19 years and 83 days in January 2005.
“There was a lot of good things and some mistakes around the goals. If you want to win here you have to be absolutely top and we were not,” he told BBC Sport.
“For the first goal we had no protection, we wanted it too much. Things like this should not happen but they can happen. We had too many players in a receiving position.
“We can take things out of this game, we try to learn from every game.”
Salah’s double takes his goal tally up to 19 in 28 appearances in all competitions.
“It’s good for Mo Salah, good for the confidence,” Klopp said of the Egypt international’s double.
“It was a tough game. We want it hard but tonight it was not enough. If you win a game there are negatives, if you lose a game too but I saw the boys really, really wanted it.
“We had problems on the counter-attack, it was intense, but there were positives.”
He later told reporters at a press conference: “We scored two goals, we had other situations here we could have scored as well, we had other situations where we created really well against a deep defending block, so there were a lot of good things.”
Manchester United currently sit top of the league, two points ahead of second-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand.