The last Manchester United line-up to win at Liverpool: Where are they now?

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Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all played a part in a smash-and-grab victory...

A lot has happened since Manchester United last won away to Liverpool on January 17, 2016, when a late Wayne Rooney strike nicked a 1-0 victory at Anfield.

Great Britain was still in the European Union, Donald Trump was most famous as presenter of The Apprentice, while Leicester City were top of the Premier League.

Since then, trips to the red part of Merseyside have been nothing short of traumatic for United, losing four of seven games and drawing three, conceding 11 goals while scoring just once.

So, GOAL has taken a look back on that somewhat jammy last victory on enemy territory, when David de Gea had a stormer and Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick celebrated with United's travelling supporters in the lower tier of the Anfield Road stand.

De Gea and Anthony Martial are the only surviving members of the starting 11, Rooney has moved into management, while Marouane Fellaini and Morgan Schneiderlin (remember him?) are seeing out their careers in far and distant places...

  1. GK: David de Gea

    GK: David de Gea

    The Spaniard has so often been the scourge of Liverpool and this was among his best ever displays against them, making four big saves (opposite number Simon Mignolet made none).

    Now his 12th season with United and holds the record for most clean sheets in the club’s history. When he takes to the field on Anfield he will make his 525th appearance for United.

    Which, considering how often he has been written off and that he was on the brink of joining Real Madrud, is quite the achievement.

  2. RB: Ashley Young
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    RB: Ashley Young

    A long-serving red who equipped himself in both full-back positions and on both wings.

    He may not have been universally loved but always gave his best shot in his nine years at Old Trafford.

    Surprised many by going to Inter Milan in 2020, especially when he played a key role in their first title win in 11 years, becoming only the third Englishman to lift Serie A.

    Now back at Aston Villa and still doing a job aged 37.

  3. CB: Chris Smalling

    CB: Chris Smalling

    The former England defender had a very up and down career with United, routinely producing a superb performance one week followed by an error-strewn display the next.

    Louis van Gaal famously introduced him as "Mike" on a pre-season tour but that season he was his first-choice centre-back, starting 35 of 38 league games.

    And who could forget that winning header at the Etihad in 2018 which put Man City's title celebrations on hold?

    Moved to Roma in 2019 and has done himself proud in Serie A, proving indispensable to his former United boss Jose Mourinho.

  4. CB: Daley Blind

    CB: Daley Blind

    Son of Ajax and Netherlands legend Danny, Blind was one of the first signings made by Van Gaal, who valued his ability to bring the ball out from the back.

    He had some good spells, especially in Van Gaal's first season, but became marginalised under Jose Mourinho and in 2018 returned to Ajax, where he became a hugely influential player under Ten Hag and won a sack of domestic trophies.

    Left Ajax in January to join Bayern Munich, where he has been playing a peripheral role.

  5. LB: Matteo Darmian
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    LB: Matteo Darmian

    Darmian was another Van Gaal signing that Jose Mourinho had little patience with, making just five league starts in his final two seasons at the club.

    He has resurrected his career back in his native Italy, first with Parma and then with Inter.

    He won the 2020-21 title alongside former United team-mates Young and Romelu Lukaku under Antonio Conte and remains an important player for Simone Inzaghi, whose side are on course to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

  6. CM: Morgan Schneiderlin

    CM: Morgan Schneiderlin

    The Frenchman was hugely admired during his long spell at Southampton and when he joined United for £27m in 2015 he was hailed as the solution to the team’s midfield problems.

    He was a regular in Louis van Gaal’s midfield but became one of the scapegoats for the predictable, often dull football played under the Dutchman.

    He left a year after this game, taking the well-trodden path to Everton and is now seeing his career out with Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League.

  7. CM: Marouane Fellaini
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    CM: Marouane Fellaini

    The only signing of the David Moyes era, Fellaini never really succeeded at United and it’s telling he never started more than half the league games in a season.

    But he had his moments, especially under Van Gaal, and this was one of his better performances, setting up the only goal with a header crashing off the crossbar and into the path of Rooney.

    The Belgian left United in 2019 for Shandong Taishan in the Chinese Super League, where he remains today, scoring 30 goals in four seasons and winning the 2021 title.

  8. RW: Jesse Lingard
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    RW: Jesse Lingard

    The winger was enjoying his breakthrough season after returning on loan from Derby County and at the end of the season would score the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

    Enjoyed another good campaign in Mourinho’s second season but his time at his boyhood club – and possibly beyond will be remembered for unfulfilled promise and questionable fashion sense.

    Left last summer for Nottingham Forest, where he is still waiting for his first goal.

  9. ACM: Ander Herrera
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    ACM: Ander Herrera

    The Spaniard was a bit of a cult hero for his willingness to get stuck in and as a long-time fan of English football, he relished going to places Anfield.

    Had a decent if not breathtaking career at United and was a real disciple of Mourinho, always defending the Portuguese manager in interviews and delivering his message.

    Left for Paris Saint Germain in 2019 and last summer returned to Athletic Club, where he has struggled to make an impact.

  10. LW: Anthony Martial
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    LW: Anthony Martial

    Scored against Liverpool earlier that season at Old Trafford on his debut and also netted against them in the Europa League.

    Still at the club after last season’s loan spell at Sevilla and has scored six goals in 13 appearances under Erik ten Hag.

    He would be his first choice centre-forward if only he wasn't as injury-prone as Louis Saha.

  11. CF: Wayne Rooney

    CF: Wayne Rooney

    United’s all-time top scorer always got a vicious reception at Anfield for his ties to Everton but only scored twice there, in 2005 and here, and on both occasions his goal secured a 1-0 win.

    Rooney may have been past his best by this point but this goal was a reminder of his ruthless finishing, adjusting his body for the bounce and ramming the ball into the roof of the net.

    'The White Pele', as he was known in a popular chant, left United in 2017 after lifting 11 major trophies and scoring a record 250 goals.

    He saw out his playing career at Everton, DC United and then Derby County and is now manager of DC United after resigning as boss of Derby last year following their financial troubles.

  12. Sub: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

    Sub: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

    The defender was one of three academy players to break into the first team that season alongside Lingard and Marcus Rashford and it's fair to say he has fared the worst.

    This was one of 10 first-team appearances he got that season before being awarded a four-year contract.

    But he played no more games for the first team after renewing his deal, going out on loan to Wolves, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Tranmere and Oldham. Now playing for Burton Albion in League One.

  13. Sub: Memphis Depay
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    Sub: Memphis Depay

    Memphis was the right player for United but at the wrong time, and his career at Old Trafford was a huge disappointment for everyone concerned.

    In truth, the move probably came too early for him at 21 and he left for Lyon in 2017 with just two Premier League goals to his name.

    He has sure bounced back though, succeeding with Lyon and earning a move to Barcelona and then Atletico Madrid, where he plays today.

    He has also been hugely influential for his country, becoming the Netherlands' second all-time top scorer and leading the line for them at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

  14. Sub: Juan Mata
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    Sub: Juan Mata

    "Who's the greatest player in the Premier League? It's you, Juan, Juan". So went United fans' adoring chant to one of the most popular players of the post-Alex Ferguson era.

    The Spaniard might not quite have been the best player in the league but he endeared himself to supporters with his effort and his human qualities, such as setting up the Common Goal charity and his treatment of a young disabled United fan.

    Left United last year to join Galatasaray and is on the way to winning the first league title of his career.

  15. Manager: Louis van Gaal
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    Manager: Louis van Gaal

    Let's be honest, the football was pretty dull, and given what the Dutchman had achieved elsewhere in his career, the results were thoroughly disappointing.

    But blimey, what a character!

    Van Gaal gave us so many unforgettable moments, such as diving on the pitch against Arsenal, accusing Robert Huth of "sex machoism" and numerous surreal press conferences. And don't forget the FA Cup triumph either and the fact he cruelly learned he was going to be sacked just minutes after lifting the trophy.

    Took a five-year break from management after leaving United but showed he is still a quality coach by taking the Netherlands to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, all after battling cancer.