It was the time for the biggest match in England, the only game that can come closer to El Classico or even better than that. An important game, that holds history and the hate between the sides is mutual. Manchester United was looking forward to making it 10 straight wins in a row to maintain the status as the team in form in the English football, while Liverpool trying to keep up with the rival teams. With Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City falling apart at Goodison Park this was the perfect chance for United to level with City and to make the title race even more interesting.
United’s Starting XI made one clear statement; to attack and win this thing. The only doubt fans had, was the involvement of Darmian in the left-hand side, with Blind being benched, while there were no doubts about that midfield three that has become irreplaceable, while it had to be only two players chosen from this four: Martial, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, and Mata. Zlatan came back in the Starting XI after being rested for two games, giving Jose Mourinho the luxury of fresh legs ahead of the English Derby.
As expected and as requested by Jose Mourinho the atmosphere at Old Trafford was electrifying. It ended in a draw but surely doesn’t say a lot about the game’s chances. Liverpool started well by keeping possession and trying to impose the game but neither side had a clear chance to score.
Mkhitaryan, Martial kept on trying to enter through the Liverpool defence but surely more movement was needed and Martial wasn’t being helped by Darmian. As for Mkhitaryan, the Armenian still needs to work on moving wide as every attack started by his feet was being blocked. The fresh air in the midfield was also missing as Carrick had a bad game, not giving the space that both Herrera and Pogba needed. The prodigal son on the other side was shocking as a handball changed the game with Liverpool going ahead.
Rooney, searching for the record got in for Carrick and made United more offensive and his movement was important in that goal. Zlatan who had a few chances to score in the second half didn’t lose the chance to level the game as Fellaini’s attempt only found the post. One point won as United were poor and surely had to step up. There are a few issues the team has to change and Jose needs to take note from few performances.
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