Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened
David De Gea’s awesome save was the highlight of a dull game in which Liverpool were dominant without creating many clear chances
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It’s hard to know what to make of that. Liverpool were much the better team but only forced one admittedly miraculous save from David De Gea; United were diabolical going forward but got a good point. Thanks for your company, a match report will appear here shortly. Bye!
Full time: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
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90+4 min … and Matip heads it over.
90+3 min F**k me it’s Victor Lindelof! He comes on to make his Premier Leaguedebut, replacing Ashley Young, who did his job as defensive winger pretty well.
90+1 min Another corner for Liverpool, who are ending the match on top. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dipping outswinger is nutted over from 12 yards byu Lovren. Jones did enough to ensure he didn’t have a clear header.
90 min Gary Neville gives Joe Gomez the Man of the Match award. Liverpool have a corner, as we approach three minutes of added time.
89 min “I wonder what Ferguson and Bobby Charlton make of away days against the top six these days,” says Paul Fitzgerald, who may have forgotten United’s performances at Anfield in the mid-2000s.
88 min Gomez, who has had a fine game in defence and attack, does excellently to dispossess Rashford during a rare United attack.
87 min Ashley Young’s afternoon of suffering ends with the inevitable yellow card for a high foot. Liverpool make their final change, with Dominic Solanke replacing Roberto Firmino.
87 min You know what I was saying about these games only being boring with hindsight…
86 min Matic isn’t really a highlights player, so he’s never mentioned in MBMs, but he’s been excellent today. He’s probably the only United player, with the occasional exception of Martial, who has been calm enough to put his foot on the ball.
84 min Can surges down the inside-left channel, a fine run that takes him into the area. He’s torn between a cross and a shot and ends up dragging a low ball that is claimed on the stretch by De Gea.
84 min You couldn’t accuse the United players of being an unprofessional bunch of clowns. They have given their all, they’ve just played badly going forward. It happens.
83 min Darmian kicks his team-mate Matic in the head while stretching for a high ball. As he foot falls it hits Can on the back of the neck. Darmian now has cramp. It’s been a long afternoon of the soul for him, the poor bloke.
82 min “United have been absolutely hopeless today,” says Justin Kavanagh, “but might this have John O’Shea written all over it?”
Well it might. Or it might not.
80 min That’s a decent statement of intent from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who roasts Darmian thrillingly before his dangerous cross is cleared at the near post.
79 min As Gary Neville says, Jurgen Klopp is obviously worried about being mugged on the break so he wants to keep a tight midfield three. The front three is now Firmino left, Sturridge central and Oxlade-Chamberlain right.
78 min A double Liverpool change: Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho. That’s interesting.
76 min Whatever the result, this has been a desperately disappointing attacking performance from United. They have defended very well for the most part, with De Gea only having to make that one extraordinary save, but they have been so poor in possession.
74 min Smalling is penalised, and booked, for going through Coutinho to win the ball on the halfway line.
73 min I’d bring Sturridge on for either Can or Wijnaldum and move Coutinho into midfield. There’s no sign of that happening yet, however.
71 min This half has been a training session: Liverpool attack v United defence. Coutinho clips a high-class pass over the defence to find Firmino on the left of the box. He chests it down and lobs a cross fractionally over the head of Salah at the far post. Firmino bangs the ground in frustration; a fractionally softer cross would have given Salah an open goal.
70 min Wijnaldum gets away with a really late tackle, with his studs plunging into the side of Herrera’s leg.
69 min On 19 September 2004, Jose Mourinho coined the phrase “park the bus” to criticise Spurs’ tactics after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Alanis Morissette would be amused by that.
68 min The impressive Gomez curves a fine pass out to Firmino on the left. He tries to cross low to Wijnaldum and Smalling gets a slight touch to divert the ball to De Gea.
67 min Salah beats Herrera with ease 25 yards from goal but screws his rising shot well wide of the far post. Salah and Coutinho have been really good for Liverpool.
65 min Liverpool have been much the better team in this half, though they will still fear a mugging. Manchester United have made their second change, with Marcus Rashford replacing the diligent and sporadically dangerous Martial.
63 min Lingard replaces the disappointing Mkhitaryan.
62 min The replay suggests Herrera was perhaps lucky to get away with that. He seemed to knock Coutinho’s left leg onto his right. It would have been a soft penalty but that doesn’t necessarily mean it would have been an incorrect decision. You can make a case both ways.
61 min Coutinho falls over a challenge just inside the area, prompting an appeal for a penalty that is turned down. It was a little clumsy from a couple of United players, thourh whether it was enough for a penalty I’m not sure.
60 min Liverpool break through Salah, who runs at Darmian and forces a corner. That was good defending from Darmian actually.
59 min United have a little respite with an extended spell of possession in the Liverpool half.
57 min Jesse Lingard is about to come on, presumably for either Martial or Mkhitaryan.
56 min An outstanding cross from Gomez, lofted from a deep, narrow position on the right, drops over Jones and is volleyed over from six yards by Can at the near post. It was a very good chance, although he was probably unsighted as it came over Jones’s head and he had to go at it with the outside of the left foot. It was such an imaginative ball from Gomez.