January 31, 1916
Liverpool’s visit to Trafford Park, on Saturday, where they met Manchester United in the presence of 10,000 spectators, was provocative of an interesting, of not over exciting encounter. The honours of war were divided, and this was perhaps the fairest reflex of the play, though Liverpool were certainly much the better team in the second half.
The Anfielders played Donald Mackinlay at full-back in place of Ephraim Longworth (detained on war work) and Alex McGhie at outside left, while United tried A. Davies at centre forward. The first period was barren of any definite result, but on the change of ends play was brisker and more fruitful. Manchester suddenly broke away in combined order, and the movement eventuated in Cookson scoring with a fine oblique shot. The visitors were not slow to reply, for, from a swinging pass, Ernest Pinkney pounced upon the leather and netted with a drive that gave the United ‘keeper no chance. From this point to the close they did the bulk of the pressing, but the home defenders were not to be caught napping.
The Liverpool forwards, if scrappy, were occasionally very dangerous, and Fred Pagnam was always a marked man. The halves all acted admirably, and Mackinlay once more showed his adaptability at full back.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 31, 1916)