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Liverpool fall at Manchester United


April 3, 1915
Although Manchester United are hovering at the bottom of the League, their display against Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday, before 12,000 spectators, was one of promise, and George Anderson’s inclusion in the team brought good results. The weather at the outset was wretched, but brightened up after the first quarter of an hour.

The United attacked from the opening, and Elisha Scott made wonderful saves from George Anderson (twice) and Enoch West. Very little had been seen of the Liverpool forwards Although their play in midfield was good, their shooting was wretched as can be judged by the fact that Bobby Beale had not to handle for over half-an-hour.

A more one sided first half would be hard to witness. The Manchester forwards peppered the Liverpool custodian unmercifully, although it was not until five minutes from the interval that their persistency was rewarded. Anderson reaching the ball from the right drove his shot into the corner of the net, well out of Scott’s reach.

The second period opened in Manchester’s favour, and within three minutes they were given a penalty for hands against Robert Pursell. Patrick O’Connell’s shot went ridiculously wide. Play evened out a little after this. The Manchester defence, however, had not to extend themselves. Manchester’s second goal came thirty minutes after the interval. A tussle took place in front of Scott, and Anderson netted out of a ruck of players.

For the winners the outstanding players were George Anderson, Billy Meredith, and Joe Norton in the forward line, and Patrick O’Connell, excepting his penalty miss, was a crafty half back. Liverpool’s best men were Elisha Scott, who was very hard working during the first half. Jack Sheldon’s centres were always dangerous, and Walter Spratt at times did not know what to do with him.

Ephraim Longworth proved himself to be a reliable back, and broke up many dangerous attacks. Jimmy Nicholl and Tom Miller on the Liverpool right were very tricky, but Fred Pagnam was very poor indeed. Donald Mackinlay was a dour half-back.

The result of 2-0 was a favourable one from a Manchester standpoint, and they rightly deserved the whole of the points.
(Liverpool Daily Post: April 3, 1915)

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