Solskjaer will be ruing this result while Jurgen Klopp will be quite happy taking one point away from Old Trafford today. United started out really well and kept on stifling Liverpool until the end, only to be undone by a rather lucky Lallana goal. Overall, you could argue a draw is what both teams deserve but given the circumstances surrounding this game and United’s feisty performance, they will feel hard done by.
The United team executed a brilliant game plan to perfection in the first half. They pressed Liverpool well and pounced on any chance they could create. Marcus Rashford, the team’s only fit striker, did well, even though he was often deprived of service. When he did receive a good pass from Dan James, he expertly guided it in the back of the net.
Come the second half, Liverpool started dominating the proceedings, imposing more and more their pressing game on the United team. However, by the 70th minute the game had settled into a strange stalemate with United looking comfortable holding off Liverpool. Enter Adam Lallana. On what seemed an anodyne enough cross from Robertson, the ball somehow trickled through a crowded penalty area only to find Lallana unmarked for an easy tap-in.
The goal sapped the energy out of the United players and Liverpool took complete control of the game, trying to find the winning goal.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw, probably a good result for Liverpool, who still lead the league by 6 points and maintain their unbeaten streak at a stadium where Jurgen Klopp is yet to register a win. Liverpool will surely continue their undefeated run and confidently host title rivals Manchester City in a couple of weeks.
United really needed those 3 points. They are now 13th, 2 points behind 7th placed Spurs but also 2 points above the relegation zone. However, the team might be buoyed by this performance and as I explained in my earlier article, a good run of fixtures follows for Solskjaer and his troops.
Today’s game showed that regardless of how much of a gap there is between these two teams, they will always give it their all against each other.
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