Wednesday 26 October 2016

Liverpool v Manchester United - story of the match

Published 17/10/2016 | 22:26

David de Gea was on top form for Manchester United
David de Gea was on top form for Manchester United

The hotly-anticipated clash between Liverpool and Manchester United ended in a tense 0-0 draw at Anfield.

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A dull first half was followed by a more entertaining second period, with Jurgen Klopp's men looking most likely to snatch victory.

However, David de Gea produced fine saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho, securing United a hard-earned point.


"Drab affair that. No risks taken by either team. Loads of huffing and puffing. Point at Anfield would have been taken before the game though" - former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) was happy with the draw but not the spectacle.


De Gea. On a night when Coutinho and Ander Herrera impressed, Manchester United's number one made the most crucial contribution. De Gea produced a fine stop to deny Can and did even better when clawing away a long-range Coutinho effort.


Coutinho is never afraid to try his luck from distance and took aim with a superb curling effort from 30 yards. De Gea, though, was alert and agile enough to turn the exceptional effort wide in front of the Kop.


Anthony Taylor was under intense scrutiny in the build-up, with the Manchester-based referee's appointment dissected by many within the game, even United boss Jose Mourinho. He kept his cool at Anfield and, despite angering some home fans at times, did not rush to any rash decisions.



Loris Karius 5

Nathaniel Clyne: 5

Dejan Lovren: 6

Joel Matip: 6

James Milner: 6

Jordan Henderson: 6

Emre Can:. 6

Sadio Mane: 5

Roberto Firmino: 6

Philippe Coutinho: 7

Daniel Sturridge: 4


Alberto Moreno (on for Milner, 85): 5

Adam Lallana (on for Sturridge, 60): 7

Divock Origi (on for Firmino, 85): 5

Manchester United

David de Gea: 7

Antonio Valencia: 5

Chris Smalling: 6

Eric Bailly: 6

Daley Blind: 5

Paul Pogba: 4

Ander Herrera: 7

Marouane Fellaini: 4

Ashley Young: 5

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 5

Marcus Rashford: 4


Wayne Rooney (on for Rashford, 77): 5

Luke Shaw (on for Young, 90): 4


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