Manchester United have done it – they became the first team in the Premier League this season not to lose against Liverpool, as the European champions were held back in an interesting 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. The Red Devils got the lead through Marcus Rashford after a brilliantly measured assist from Daniel James, before a late equalizer from Adam Lallana.
There were plenty of controversies, including Sadio Mane’s disallowed goal, but this was a brave performance from the hosts when they were already looked at as if they simply had to lose against Liverpool.
Man United Miss On A Golden Chance
The fact is that Man United will be gutted not to win this one. Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke afterwards, saying that his players will be disappointed not to get all three points and that they will be unhappy about not beating Liverpool, which is a good sign. And indeed it is, especially after recent matches and this was United’s golden chance to build their confidence in the best possible way.
Man United have done great to surprise Liverpool in this match, starting with the three centre-backs and also playing with two pacey centre-forwards. It is a good point anyway.
VAR Sparks New Debate
We thought that Video Assistant Referee will end all debate, but we only got more of it and this match was no different. Man United’s goal came after a possible foul on Divock Origi which would mean that Rashford’s opener was therefore invalid, but the video consultation ended in the goal being awarded. Soon afterwards, Mane’s goal was disallowed due to him playing with his hand, although that came just a split second after he played the ball with his thigh and many were left wondering if the decision was a correct one.
We will be hearing a lot about these VAR decisions in the future too.
Pereira Does Well In The First Half
Andreas Pereira was often thought of as someone who has no particular role in this team, especially in his drab performances at right wing. But today it was completely the opposite, as the Brazilian had a clear role to fill. He played behind Rashford and James, but what he did to perfection in the first half was shadowing Fabinho all around the pitch.
Liverpool’s defensive midfielder had troubles getting the time on the ball and building from the back went much harder for the visitors, who appeared sloppy in those 45 minutes. Many of that was thanks to Pereira’s positioning, pressing and diligence.
Not A Bad Draw For Liverpool
In the end, this will not be terrible for Liverpool. Not only they managed to escape with a point, but in a broader perspective, not winning here is not the worst result for them. Mainly, that is the case for Jurgen Klopp’s players to see that winning the league will be hell of a job, even though they had eight-point lead after eight rounds.
This draw can keep Klopp’s side alerted and ready to continue working hard in order to finally win the league. Man United will hope this draw will make Liverpool doubt themselves…