Manchester United Held To 0-0 draw at anfield
In a battle of the current Premier League champions and their challengers, injury-hit Liverpool have held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw to remain three points behind the current leaders.
While Liverpool dominated the opening half hour, forcing United keeper David de Gea into several fine saves, it was Manchester United who will be more disappointed at leaving Anfield with just one point to show for their efforts.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba had two fantastic opportunities to strike late, but a pair of fine saves from Alisson Becker ensured Liverpool’s long unbeaten home run would continue.
While somewhat happy with a point, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still saw the result as a missed opportunity.
“I know we can play better, but we’re still coming away from here with a point which shows how far we’ve come in a year or even six months. We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially in the first half. I think we grew into the game and towards the end you felt ‘yeah, it’s here for us to win’ and we created two massive chances and they were two brilliant saves by the keeper.“
“I’ve got to be honest to say I’m a bit disappointed at the moment, but still you know you’re playing against a fantastic team and they had more of the possession. But still you want to go here and you know the injuries they’ve had lately, you think you go here and get a result. We didn’t, but a point might be okay if we win the next one.”
“We can be more composed, we can have the ball more, we had to defend really often and I thought we gave the ball away too often. Maybe some moments we missed, when Marcus [Rashford] makes his runs in behind – maybe sometimes we don’t pass it every time he runs and sometimes we missed it when he should have had it. So a couple of things that we need to improve on.”
The boss is still refusing to get carried away with talk of a title battle, saying “It doesn’t really matter where we are now, it matters where we are in May. We move on, carry on. We feel that we’ve developed and that is a good feeling with being disappointed to only get one point away.”
Man of the Match Luke Shaw had Liverpool’s attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in his pocket all night, and said his improvement this season can be credit to the manager, as well as new signing Alex Telles.
“I feel really good, obviously big credit to Ole for that, for believing in me and pushing me.”
“Alex [Telles] as well, we have a great relationship and he pushes me each day in training. We get on really well. It’s nice to have that type of competition, but we push each other to get the best from ourselves.”
“When he plays, I want the best for him, and it’s the same the other way round. It’s a positive way for both of us to look at it and push each other.”
In a sign of how far Manchester United have come since losing this fixture meekly almost 12 months ago, the defender revealed there was disappointment in the dressing room at the end of 90 minutes.
“I don’t know, but that is why you come to clubs like this: to play against the best players in massive matches,” he explained. “You always look forward to ones like this because they are going to test you. They are the best in their positions, both of them. They are very dangerous, but I think, not just me, we all defended really well today. We need to keep on doing that.”
“I think, looking back, we didn’t start well at all and we were going to suffer, and we did,“ he added. ”But we stuck in and defended well. I feel like towards the end we had the better chances and two chances that on another day we could score. Okay, that happens in football, but a point is better than nothing. Especially, a point here. You can look, in a few weeks, that it’s a very good point.
“No, I’ll be honest, the dressing room is very flat. It’s not what we wanted. Before the game, we came here to win, we didn’t come here to try and get a point; we came here to win. We felt so confident with the way that recent results have been going for us. It wasn’t meant to be, but we pushed towards the end, but a point is better than none.”
Manchester United will travel to Fulham for a midweek Premier League fixture where they will be expecting three points in their title chase, before hosting Liverpool in the FA Cup.