Monday, November 13 – 1944
Liverpool’s success over Manchester United at Maine Road – 5-2 the score – was never in doubt, for the Reds, fielding one of their strongest sides for a year – after Manager Mr. George Kay’s most worrying week – took command from the outset, and by expert first-time football, with particular strength down the middle where Willie Fagan was superb, were always on top.
The astuteness of Matt Busby and perfection of Jim Harley in the rear divisions enabled Liverpool to concentrate on attack, and with Fagan and Phil Taylor so cute at drawing the opposition Don Welsh sprang into the lime-light as the chief marksman, getting three goals. Fagan did a lot of shooting and got one, while Billy Liddell crowned another fine display with a goal. Nieuwenhuys too, came right back to top form in an attack which operated like clockwork in a team showing not the suggestion of a weak spot.
The Reds ran up a five goal lead before Mitten and Mycock got consolation points. Liverpool will not have all these stars next week for the visit to Bury, but that they could come once to help in such notable win is satisfying. Jack Balmer was taken ill at half-time after having been struck with the ball in the Army representative game and had to retire.
(Evening Express, 13-11-1944)