Alan Hansen, a Liverpool legend, writes at Telegraph:
It is impossible for any team to play at their top level for 38 league games a season, but there is no reason why they can’t give maximum effort for 90 minutes in each of them.
This is what has given United impetus at the start of this season, because they have been far from impressive so far. In their three away games, against Everton, Southampton and again at Anfield, at times they have been poor.
If you were watching any other side against Liverpool you’d have dismissed any suggestion the result would be anything but a home win.
I couldn’t believe how bad United were in the first half, allowing Liverpool time and space on the ball. But before you start allowing yourself to think the result is only going one way, you need to remind yourself this is United we are talking about and they will always create a chance and grab a goal from somewhere. When you have them down, you have to punish them because the chances are they’ll find a way to redeem the most average of displays.
Year in year out for more than 2 decades, Sir Alex knows how to get 3 points even with shit displays. That’s what makes United as big as now, it takes 2 decades to get overnight success.