Did the selection of Lucas scupper the chances of an entertaining match?
When Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp selected Lucas in place of Jordon Ibe in his starting eleven, you knew the Liverpool gameplan immediately.
The Brazilian was there to kill space in midfield and stop United gaining any fluency in the middle of the field.
And so he did – Lucas and Marouane Fellaini ‘s head-to-head battle in midfield ensured the two sides cancelled each other out. It seemed destined to be yet another goalless draw for United, until Rooney popped up to complete United’s smash-and-grab raid.