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Player ratings from Liverpool's victory over Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Divock Origi of Liverpool takes on Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Divock Origi of Liverpool takes on Chris Smalling of Manchester United during the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A closer look at how individuals fared during Liverpool's comfortable win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER UNITED

David de Gea: One decent stop from Roberto Firmino, another from Philippe Coutinho but beaten at near post by Coutinho's magic. Harsh to criticise the Spaniard after his heroics over two legs. 7

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Guillermo Varela: Ripped to shreds by Coutinho for the goal. Replaced at half-time with the more attacking option of Antonio Valencia. 5

Chris Smalling: Got completely outdone by one Roberto Firmino turn which had him trailing in the Brazilian's wake but was solid enough. 6

Daley Blind: Did not look comfortable against pace of Sturridge or movement of Firmino. 5

Marcos Rojo: Missed a sitter from Marouane Fellaini's knockdown in the first half but was not particularly troubled defensively. 6

Michael Carrick: Helped gain a grip on midfield in the first half during United's period of dominance but influence waned as United chased the game. 6

Marouane Fellaini: The big Belgium seemed to be involved in everything and very little of it was positive. Booked for catching Dejan Lovren in the neck with an elbow, could easily have been cautioned again and was ponderous on the ball and wasteful in front of goal. 4

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Jesse Lingard: Had a first-half header well saved and in the first half looked better playing through middle in the number 10 role but impact was reduced after the break. 5

Juan Mata: Flitted about positively in the first half, drifting in off the right flank to pull the strings, but faded as the game went on. 6

Anthony Martial: His pace gave Nathaniel Clyne major problems all night and he was one of United's brighter performers. 7

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Marcus Rashford: Another pacy player who caused Liverpool's defence some nervous moments but had few chances to be threatening. 7

Substitutes

Antonio Valencia (for Varela, 46): Intention was to offer more attacking option as United chased the game but could influence the game very little from right-back. 6

Matteo Darmian (on for Rojo, 63): His introduction did little to affect United's performance or game plan. 6

Bastian Schweinsteiger (on for Carrick, 70): The game was already up by the time he was sent on and a like-for-like change almost seemed like Louis van Gaal going through the motions. 5

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: One brilliant save to keep out Lingard's header, although he had helped create the chance by not coming for the cross. 7

Nathaniel Clyne: Mis-timed tackle for penalty and was given a torrid time by both Martial and Rashford. Looked unusually vulnerable against pace. 4

Dejan Lovren: Another strong showing from the Croatian, who handled the aerial threat of Fellaini well. 7

Mamadou Sakho: Liverpool's rock in defence, the Frenchman threw himself at everything when United looked threatening. Burgeoning partnership with Lovren. 8

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James Milner: Asked to fill in at left-back and understandably struggled to get to grips with the role at first but improved as game went on and became more solid. 6

Jordan Henderson: Should have scored vital away goal but blazed over. Looked tentative in the midfield battle. 6

Emre Can: Another big game from the Germany international whose influence grew with a controlled, dominant performance. 8

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Roberto Firmino: Provided plenty of running both offensively and defensively and was a creative force. 7

Adam Lallana: Plenty of nice touches but too often took too many. Not up to the standard of his previous performance but worked well in tandem with his fellow attackers. 6

Philippe Coutinho: Wayward pass led to United's penalty but scored a superb equaliser and with his confidence boosted, he employed his full range of tricks. 8

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Daniel Sturridge: Hit crossbar with first half free-kick and missed a decent chance with his right foot after the break but fairly quiet night for the striker. 6

Substitutes

Joe Allen (on for Henderson, 71): Sent on for tiring legs. Busied himself enough to prove his usefulness again. 6

Divock Origi (on for Sturridge 68): Strong running stretched a weary United defence and only criticism would be reluctance to shoot when opportunity arose. 6

Christian Benteke (on for Firmino, 84): Late run to give Firmino a rest but had little time to show much. 6

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