Manchester United Vs Liverpool - Leaders strike late to maintain unbeaten start
Manchester United Vs Liverpool - Leaders strike late to maintain unbeaten start

Manchester United Vs Liverpool: Leaders strike late to maintain unbeaten start

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Lallana rescues point but Reds’ winning streak comes to an end

League leaders Liverpool needed a late Adam Lallana equaliser to avoid defeat against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Adam Lallana scored a late equaliser but Liverpool saw their winning streak in the Premier League come to an end with a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s beleaguered side took the lead through Marcus Rashford’s controversial opener, with Liverpool claiming Divock Origi was fouled prior to a rapid United break.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp cut an incensed figure on the touchline and his mood hardly improved when Sadio Mane had an equaliser disallowed following a VAR check for handball but, in the absence of the injured Mohamed Salah, his side lacked their usual fluency in attack.

United defended doggedly to hang on to their lead, yet their hard work was undone when they allowed substitute Lallana to tap home Andy Robertson’s low cross in the 85th minute.

Manchester United Vs Liverpool - Leaders strike late to maintain unbeaten start
Manchester United Vs Liverpool – Leaders strike late to maintain unbeaten start

Looking to equal Manchester City’s record run of 18 top-flight wins, Liverpool opened United up for the game’s first clear chance in the 34th minute when Mane squared to Roberto Firmino, whose side-footed effort was comfortably held by David de Gea.

United’s breakthrough caused acrimony among the away fans following a Victor Lindelof challenge on Origi, with referee Martin Atkinson allowing play to continue. Scott McTominay released Daniel James down the right and the Wales winger’s cross set up Rashford from close range.

Mane had the ball in the net eight minutes later but VAR did confirm he had used his arm when controlling Trent Alexander-Arnold’s high ball.

Klopp sent on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Origi after an hour and the England international dragged a shot narrowly wide of De Gea’s goal, while Rashford went even closer at the other end with a rasping shot from just outside the box.

Fred flashed a spectacular shot just wide as it looked like United might extend their lead before Klopp’s substitutions took effect.

Naby Keita, on for Jordan Henderson, fed Robertson on Liverpool’s left to send in a cross that went through a crowed penalty area, allowing Lallana to convert at the back post.

What does it mean? United stand firm but only get a point

Manchester United looked like a different team to the one that lost 1-0 at Newcastle United before the international break but Solskjaer will be disappointed that they did not hang on.

Pereira steps up

A strong start was vital to United’s chances of getting a result and Andreas Pereira’s tireless harrying of Liverpool’s back four from the outset unsettled the visitors.

Klopp’s captain goes missing

Henderson failed to show the kind of presence and leadership Liverpool needed on a day when little went their way. He was switched to a wide position before making way for goalscorer Lallana.

What’s next?

Both teams are involved in Europe in midweek before league games next Sunday. Liverpool host struggling Tottenham at the same time as United take on Norwich City at Carrow Road.

‘That could be a big point’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: “I’m delighted for Adam [Lallana] because he works hard and he deserves a bit of luck. He saved us with his goal and that could be a big point. We could have been better today and in the second half we were much better but if you can’t win, don’t lose.

“It was quite scrappy in the first half and we weren’t playing football. In the second half we caused them more problems and were pushing for the winner but couldn’t find it.”

On the lack of a free-kick in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal: “I felt the referee gave a lot of similar type of free-kicks to them in the first half and he didn’t give it to us. But we’ve got to defend the goal better so that’s no excuse. Our level wasn’t up to our normal level.”

‘We are still unbeaten’

Liverpool goalscorer Adam Lallana speaking to Sky Sports:

What were your instructions from manager Jurgen Klopp? “Just make an impact. We had 25 minutes left. We weren’t at our best today so you look to the bench to make a change. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was extremely good when he came on. If we want to win the title we will need the squad not just a starting XI. Form goes out the window in these games.

“It felt that we controlled the game when I was on, certainly after the first 10 minutes and at the end I thought we were the only team who would go on and get all three points.

On not losing the game: “It’s huge. We have come to Old Trafford and got a point. We would probably have taken that at the beginning of the season and we are still unbeaten. There are huge positives to take considering we weren’t at our best today.

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‘We always play against a wall’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaking to BBC Sport: “We were good enough for a point. We gave Man Utd an opportunity to play the way they wanted to play with five at the back etc. They were hardworking. Our orientation wasn’t good enough. We felt under pressure when we weren’t and could have turned inside at some opportunities.

“The first goal I think everyone can agree it was a foul but with VAR it is not a clear foul. That is the situation. We didn’t lose but it was an obvious foul. There was clear contact and Divock Origi goes down. They carried on and counter-attacked. Yes, there is contact, I’m sure they said that but it is not a ‘clear foul?’ That doesn’t work. That’s just not how it should be.

“Then we got a disallowed goal. I didn’t see it back but it was probably handball but everything just seemed to go against us. We changed a little bit our formation and had these moments. Then we scored the goal and was in charge of the game. The stadium was silent and people probably thought Liverpool would score but we take the point and move on.

“We always play against the wall. We need to do better but it is how it is. I don’t think Man Utd can play like this if the other team doesn’t have the ball as much. We play very often against a team like this. Maybe we can do better. One point is completely fine. We carry on.”

I should have known Adam Lallana would do the business.

That was his second Premier League goal at Old Trafford. His first was an 89th-minute equaliser for Southampton in a 1-1 draw on 19 October 2013 (assisted by Dejan Lovren).

‘Klopp didn’t like the menu’ – Mourinho

Jose Mourinho reacting to Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview on Sky Sports: “He [Klopp] didn’t like the menu.

“He likes meat and he got fish.

“United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they played with five at the back, were solid and didn’t give the chance of transition. Jurgen Klopp didn’t like the menu.

“They [Liverpool] missed quality to play against a team with a low block.

“They have a fantastic record of so many victories. But they have limitations against teams with low blocks. They can smash opponents that play the way they want to play against.

“Jurgen clearly has frustrations. It’s a fantastic situation for his team. But at Old Trafford – which is a special place to win – he [Klopp] never did it.”

‘They gained one, we lost two’

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford speaking to BBC Sport: “They have gained a point today. We lost two points. It’s disappointing because it’s such a big game on a big occasion. Now we lift our heads up and go again on Thursday.

“You always think positively as a player. You hope it will start a run for us. We are not in the best position and every point matters. Today we lost two. We brought the pressure on ourselves as we stopped playing the balls which hurt them in the first half. If we attack for 90 minutes there are not many teams who can handle us but if we take our foot off the gas…

“Now we have to forget this game and go in the Europa League and hopefully get a win.”

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