Neither Liverpool nor Man U could deliver the knockout punch thus the result was a nil-nil draw at the Reds house Anfield. Liverpool stays put in fourth place with 17 points two points off the leaderboard while Man U hangs out in seventh place with 14 points. The Red Devils are five points off the pace.
There were few clear-cut opportunities in the opening period as United’s well-organised defence frustrated the hosts, who went into the game on the back of four straight league victories. The best chance of the first-half fell to Roberto Firmino, who headed at the goalkeeper from Daniel Sturridge‘s cross.
United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed back across goal from a Paul Pogba cross at the start of the second half before Liverpool’s Emre Can, making his first league start of the season, forced a fine save from David De Gea with a toe-poked shot from eight yards out.
That chance, and the introduction of Adam Lallana soon afterwards, seemed to spark Liverpool and they had control of the rest of the contest.
Philippe Coutinho hit a shot that was curling into the far corner only for a flying De Gea to push wide at full stretch.
With six minutes to go, Coutinho then played in Firmino who was prevented from shooting by a fantastic sliding tackle from Antonio Valencia.
It is the first draw between these two sides in the Premier League since October 2011.
Man of the match: Ander Herrera”
Man Shitty is top Dog with 19 points. Arsenal is second with 19 points. Shitty is a plus eleven while my guys from Arsenal are a plus ten. Spurs are third with 18 points. Man U is seventh with 14 big ones.
Jose Mourinho told the Sky Sports; “Mourinho: We were in control at Anfield.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seemed pleased after his side’s goalless draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night. Below are the key points from his first post-match interview…
WE CONTROLLED THE GAME “I think it was a very difficult game for us and for them, but I think it was more difficult for them than for us. We kept control of the game for long periods. In the second half David had two great saves that were isolated from the context. But the game was completely under control, not just from a tactical point of view but also an emotional point of view. We influenced the atmosphere in the stadium.”
ONE BIG CHANCE “We had a big chance where I thought Zlatan was going to score; if you score that goal, it’s 1-0, goodbye, finished. But I think we missed a little bit of sharpness through the middle. I was expecting more penetration and I was thinking about playing Rashford in the position behind Zlatan but he had cramp and I made a change. At that moment I thought it would be difficult to win now, so let’s not lose it.”
HAPPY NOT TO HAVE ALL THE BALL “That was the game we planned. We didn’t want to control the game by having the ball all the time. We know that they want to press our first phase and we know that the transition when they lose the ball is really strong and high. We knew it would be very difficult for them to score a goal; what we always thought was that we would score a goal to win the match, which we tried.”
NOT THE LAST WONDER OF THE WORLD “We tried to start really strong in both halves, but they are a good team. They are not the last wonder of the world like you [the media] say they are, but they are a very good team, so we needed to adapt to that.”