EPL: Limp, lethargic United

EPL: Limp, lethargic United

LIVERPOOL 1

(Daniel Sturridge 4)

MAN UNITED 0

David Moyes will wake up this morning to face the most important 24 hours of his management career. 

The final day of the transfer market will make or break Manchester United's season and will go some way to determining their manager's longevity.

If they don't spend big - and spend wisely - then the Red Devils can kiss their Premier League crown goodbye.

Titles are not always won in a single game, particularly so early in the season, but they can be lost.

United's startlingly inept performance at Anfield - both on the pitch and in the dugout - was the most graphic reminder yet that their current crop are not equipped to mount a successful title defence against much improved challengers.

Liverpool's 1-0 victory was thoroughly deserved, but Brendan Rodgers' boys are still men in the making.

United will face trickier opponents.

Much will be made of the Reds' winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 for the first time in 101 years ago and their top-four credentials were undoubtedly validated on Sunday.

But they remain an improving side in transition.

Iago Aspas and Philippe Coutinho were virtual spectators and Daniel Sturridge struggled to have any impact after his decisive goal.

And yet, they had more than enough to take the lead and hold off a limp, lethargic, pedestrian United with little difficulty.

If the day was memorable for the hosts, it was horrific for the visitors.

Liverpool supporters had barely taken their seats after applauding the 100th anniversary of Bill Shankly's birth when they were off their backsides and celebrating the opener.

Rio Ferdinand lost his man Daniel Agger at a corner.

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