Manchester United held Liverpool to a draw at Old Trafford in a game filled by VAR controversy. Marcus Rashford finished off a searing United counter attack after Victor Lindelof won the ball from Divock Origi in the 37th minute. United nullified Liverpool for most part of the game before Lallana found himself free in the box in the 85th minute to score the equaliser to snatch a point for the league leaders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an inspiring change from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-1-2 formation right from the word go. The 3 defender system worked wonders as United’s 3 most forward players in James, Periera and Rashford tirelessly pressed the Liverpool centrebacks and fullbacks. Klopp loves his fullbacks to have freedom and the way the United forwards and wingbacks nullified them was a masterclass of its own.
Klopp then switched from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 and in the end a 4-4-2 to find more spaces in the final third. Due to this pressure from Liverpool, United finally surrendered into conceding an equaliser.
Ole Gunnar’s substitutions did come in for question again. He made 2 substitutions but those 2 after 80 minutes. But, the lack of options was the major reason he didn’t make any changes earlier.
This game had it’s fair share of VAR controversy with Liverpool being on the wrong side both the times. When Victor Lindelof won a tackle against Origi, there was very minimal contact from the United defender. That lead to a United counter from which Rashford scored. Martin Atkinson consulted VAR who ruled that the goal stood.
Later, in the 43rd minute, Sadio Mane put the ball in the back of the net after winning a physical duel with Victor Lindelof. The United defenders and De Gea argued for handball. The VAR check eventually ruled that the Senegalese winger had handled the ball inside the box resulting in the goal being ruled out.
Jurgen Klopp was animated and furious with these decisions despite those being the correct ones.
POST MATCH COMMENTS
“I wouldn’t say frustration because then you look more to the execution of the plan and the efforts of the players. Today is disappointment on the players’ behalf. They were excellent. You can see the fitness, we’re getting fitter and fitter. The players are disappointed in the dressing room which is a good sign. They’re not excited at a point against Liverpool. It should have been three. It looked like we could have got a second goal on the counter. The cross should have been blocked or cleared. These things against good teams cost you – and it cost us two points today. It’s a good performance to move forward with.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“Jurgen clearly has frustrations. It’s a fantastic situation for his team. But at Old Trafford – which is a special place to win – he never did it.
Rashford is potentially a very good player. As a target man and number 9 I don’t think he has these 30 goals a top striker has. But a very good player. He can’t get better as a number 9. He can get better playing from the left, or with another one.”Jose Mourinho
PLAYER RATINGS (0-10/10)
Was not needed much and could not have done anything regarding the equaliser. A quiet game for the shotstopper. 6
Grew well into the game after some mistakes in the first half. Has to improve a lot physically though. 5
Leader. Lead the defence with authority and a good personal performance too for the big defender. 7
Surprisingly calm game from the fiesty Argentine up until that equaliser when he should have marked the goalscorer. 6
Another solid defensive performance from the new United fullback. Has to learn quickly as to what he should do in the attacking third. 7
A decent performance. Nothing more, Nothing less. 6
Another assuring performance from the young Scottish midfielder. Held his own against a superior Liverpool midfield. 7
Much better showing than the horror show at Newcastle a fortnight ago. Long way to go till we see him at his best, but, a decent show. 6
Very very good in the first half when he was in the hole in that advanced midfielder’s position behind the 2 strikers. Best performance in a long time. 8
The Welsh speedstar has impressed one and all ever since arriving and had another impressive performance. Ran his socks off. 100% commitment and effort and an assist. Man Of The Match. 9
100% heart, commitment, effort. One of the best Marcus Rashford performance in recent weeks. Scored the goal too. Very calm finish. 8
Anthony Martial 3
Brandon Williams N/A