The pair, who arrived last year, had also taken some of the pressure off Paul Pogba, allowing the French midfielder to play to his full potential, he added. Pogba scored the winner in United's 2-1 win over Fulham on Wednesday after Cavani had equalised, a victory that took them to the top of the table. "The last few years, United haven't been ready to challenge for the title, but now they've brought in players like Fernandes and Cavani - players with a winning mentality - that has helped massively," Derby County boss Rooney told British media.
Juergen Klopp's side are without a win in five league games and sit in fourth place, six points behind leaders Manchester United. "The title is slipping away," Carragher told Sky Sports. "I think Liverpool in the next couple of weeks will start worrying about the top four positions rather than the title."
Barnes scored from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after being brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker as Burnley ended Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten home record in the English top-flight. It went exactly where I wanted it.
Champions Liverpool suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to lowly Burnley on Thursday, ending their 68 match unbeaten home record in the Premier League as their title defence continued to fade. An 83rd minute penalty from Ashley Barnes, after he was brought down by goalkeeper Alisson Becker, decided the contest after Juergen Klopp's side failed to score for the fourth straight league match. Matt Lowton nodded a header into the box and Barnes wriggled free of Fabinho and went down under challenge from Becker, rising to confidently convert from the spot.