Liverpool vs Manchester United Match Review: Stalemate at top of the league
An evenly contested affair, but has it drawn up more questions for the hosts?
Source: Sky Sports
Liverpool and Manchester United played out a stalemate at Anfield today in a 0-0 draw. The champions have now failed to score in their last three Premier League outings for the first time since 2005 and remain two points behind their old rivals.
The Reds started brightly for the first 20 minutes, with chances falling for Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri but unable to convert. United took a while to get into the game, but they proved to be deadly on the counterattack, and looked as if they could pose a threat on Liverpool’s makeshift centre back pairing of Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson.
There was some controversy towards the end of the first half though, when referee Paul Tierney blew his whistle for half-time when it seemed to be that Thiago’s ball over the top was through for Sadio Mane to run onto.
United seemed to get more of a foothold on the game during the second half, with two huge saves from Liverpool goalkeeper, Alisson against Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes. Although Liverpool will be happy with a clean sheet despite the makeshift defence, the attacking side of the game proved to be the Reds’ Achilles heel yet again, with their only real chance in the second half coming from Thiago forcing a save from United goalkeeper, David De Gea.
This result puts Liverpool in 3rd, 1 point behind 2nd placed Leicester who beat Southampton in an impressive 2-0 performance yesterday. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain 2 points clear at the top of the table.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson felt that his team had done enough to win the match but their final third game just was not quite there. While United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was unhappy with his teams’ performance, the Norwegian felt that his team can “play a lot better”. But Solskjaer also believes his team have come very far in 12 months.
While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was proud of his team’s performance in his 200th Premier League game in charge. The German also believes that his team need to keep going and try to ignore all the talks about their lack of threat on goal and believes as long as his side keep believing and keep creating, the goals will come eventually.
Both teams will have to dust themselves down and figure out what they need to do to break the deadlock and win the game, as Manchester United travel to London to face Fulham, who lost out narrowly to Chelsea yesterday at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening. While the champions will remain at their beloved Anfield, hosting Sean Dyche’s Burnley side who come off the back of a 1-0 loss to David Moyes’ West Ham.
Manchester City will be licking their lips at the points dropped by their title rivals, as a win against Crystal Palace this evening will put the blue side of Manchester in 2nd place, above Leicester on goal difference on 2 points behind Manchester United in a title race that is certainly start to heat up.
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