January 28, 1918
It was more like Liverpool to win by a two clear goals’ margin – this in spite of Ephraim Longworth’s continued absence. “F.E.H.” says of the game: –
“One of the best games seen at Trafford Park this season,” was the general verdict of the meeting of Liverpool and Manchester United in their return fixture on Saturday.
A fine day and a capital playing pitch conduced to a fast encounter, and it was a ding-dong struggle throughout. The home side, thanks largely to a well-balanced half-back play, gave an excellent account of themselves, and for the major part of the contest a draw seemed to be the most likely conclusion.
The Anfielders, however, were always smarter on the ball than their opponents, and at the close they had fully justified their two goals’ victory.
In all departments they displayed strength and smartness, and a little more steadiness in front of goal must have made their register of points much higher. Bennett in the first few minutes of the game was given “the chance of a lifetime,” but he sent the ball flying wildly over the bar.
Subsequently he had other available openings, though for the most part Kinsella dogged his footsteps with a tenacity that would not be shaken off.
Bennett was as powerful and thrustful as ever, but he lost his chance early on. Metcalf gave one of his most polished exhibitions, and Lewis was generally there or thereabouts. Both the wingers performed creditably.
The half-backs and backs combined most effectively, and Campbell saved at least one perfect teaser.
Manchester United: Jack Mew, Marsden, Jack Silcock, Clarrie Hilditch, Kinsella, Williams, Edward Connor, Tommy Meehan, Wilf Woodcock, Ellis, Hodgkinson.
Liverpool: Kenneth Campbell, John Page, Billy Jenkinson, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Referee: J. Twist.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: January 28, 1918)