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Nemanja Matic: 'Performance at Anfield a blueprint for rest of season'

:Headline: Nemanja Matic: 'Performance at Anfield a blueprint for rest of season':
United were largely outplayed at Anfield on Sunday as their fiercest rivals took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory.
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Nemanja Matic is convinced Manchester United produced enough in their defeat at Liverpool to provide a blueprint for the remainder of the season.

United were largely outplayed at Anfield on Sunday as their fiercest rivals took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory.

Yet it was a win the leaders only secured with a Mohamed Salah breakaway goal in injury time.

Mohamed Salah's late strike ended United's hopes of avoiding defeat at Anfield (Martin Rickett/PA)

Prior to that it was United, despite struggling to cope with the hosts for most of the game, who had been finishing the stronger.

Midfielder Matic told MUTV: "I think they played better in the first half and the first five to 10 minutes of the second half but after that we had control of the game. We felt we were in the game, we could score, we could create.

"I think we played some good football in the last 35-40 minutes. We were the better side but it is hard if you don't score goals against these kind of teams.

"I am sure that our staff will analyse everything and the last 35 minutes are a model of how we need to play against strong teams."

United did start brightly too but found themselves under siege after Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool in front after 14 minutes.

The hosts had two goals disallowed before the break and David De Gea saved well from Sadio Mane before Liverpool had a glut of further chances early in the second half. Jordan Henderson went the closest with a thumping shot against the post.

United weathered that storm and Matic hopes the positives can be taken into Wednesday's home clash with Burnley.

“Against the best team in the league, for the last 35 minutes, we played better. We have to keep doing exactly this.”
- Nemanja Matic

The Serbia international said: "It is good in three days we have a chance to show we are better than this but, as I said, if someone said we played badly I would not agree.

"Against the best team in the league, for the last 35 minutes, we played better. We controlled it and we felt we were there to score. We have to keep doing exactly this.

"We will continue to do our work, keep fighting and work every day for this club until the end."

Marcus Rashford faces a spell on the sidelines (Martin Rickett/PA)

United were without Marcus Rashford and the defeat compounded the news that the striker is facing a minimum of six weeks out with a stress fracture of the back.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "I don't know how long he will be out. We will give him enough time to heal, of course.

"Normally it's six weeks before you can get going slightly and then he'll need time to get match-fit again."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool27261064174779
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester28155854282650
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2856172551-2621
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