Monday 21 August 2017

Player ratings from Manchester United's draw with Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney after the game
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney after the game

It was honours even at Old Trafford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out James Milner's first-half penalty. Here is how the players rated.

MANCHESTER UNITED

DAVID DE GEA: The Manchester United goalkeeper was unable to stop James Milner's powerful spot-kick and did well for the remainder of the match. 7

ANTONIO VALENCIA: United's marauding full-back offers a fine option down the flank in addition to his defensive responsibilities. 7

PHIL JONES: The rejuvenated centre-back looked vulnerable at times early on but grew into proceedings. 7

MARCOS ROJO: Back in the side after sustaining a minor knock last weekend, he looked solid alongside Jones once again. 6

MATTEO DARMIAN: Preferred ahead of Daley Blind and Luke Shaw, who was left out of the squad, the Italian was caught out on occasions. 6

ANDER HERRERA: Another determined, disciplined display from the Spaniard - his latest this term for United. 7

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MICHAEL CARRICK: Captaining the side in the absence of Wayne Rooney, the normally-effective midfielder was largely anonymous and withdrawn at half-time. 6

PAUL POGBA: The world's most expensive player endured a tough afternoon. A sloppy display was capped by handling in the box, with James Milner slamming home the resulting penalty. 5

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN: The in-form Armenian opened up the Liverpool defence on occasions, but not at his clinical best. 6

ANTHONY MARTIAL: Looked bright on the left for the home side during the opening stages. Juan Mata replaced him as Mourinho looked to freshen things up. 6

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Back after missing the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull through illness, his last-gasp header sent Old Trafford wild and continued his fine form. 7

SUBS

WAYNE ROONEY (for Carrick, 46): On the cusp of United's all-time scoring record, he took a few too many shots when passing would have been easier but put in a solid performance. 6

JUAN MATA (for Martial, 65): Not at his influential best in his time on the field. 6

MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Darmian, 75): Did very well as an impact substitute once more, hitting the post with a header in the build-up to Ibrahimovic's leveller. 7

LIVERPOOL

SIMON MIGNOLET: Brilliant save from Ibrahimovic's low-free kick and Mkhitaryan. Comfortable throughout. 8

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD: Defensively the youngster on his full Premier League debut had his hands full with Anthony Martial and looked much more comfortable going forward. 6

DEJAN LOVREN: One short back-pass almost gifted Ibrahimovic a goal but recovered his composure as the game wore on. 6

RAGNAR KLAVAN: Did a decent enough job of keeping Ibrahimovic at bay. 6

JAMES MILNER: Dependable both in defence and from the penalty spot. Restricted Henrikh Mkhitaryan to relatively few openings. 7

JORDAN HENDERSON: Back in the side and setting the tempo in midfield again. Controlled performance from the captain. 8

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EMRE CAN: Struggled to get into the action but became more useful the more Liverpool had to contain the game. 6

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM: Another powerful display from the midfielder whose energy helped cover much ground in the centre. 7

ADAM LALLANA: Not one of his stand-out days but did plenty of the leg work up front. 6

ROBERTO FIRMINO: Improved when he was moved to a more central role in the second half and could have scored had it not been for De Gea. 6

DIVOCK ORIGI: A willing runner up front but decision-making continues to let down the Belgium striker. 5

Substitutes

PHILIPPE COUTINHO (on for Origi, 60): His control made an immediate impact, teeing-up Firmino for a good chance. 7

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