October 24, 2021

Man United retain top spot after 0-0 draw with Liverpool

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Man United retain top spot after 0-0 draw with Liverpool

The Red Devils stayed on top of the Premier League table after concluding an intense match with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Sunday forcing Jurgen Klopp and his men to extend their winless run to four consecutive matches.

Liverpool, who are now sitting at fourth in the table just one point behind Manchester City and Leicester City, kept its unbeaten record since 2017 at home thanks to Alisson Becker’s late saves from the shot attempts made by Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

“We had two great chances and two great saves,” Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said.

“It was cagey but it was two good teams matching up. We found it difficult in the first half to get a rhythm to the game, the press was high.”

The hope for Liverpool was Thiago Alcantara, making his first Anfield appearance for the club since arriving from Bayern Munich in September, with his long-ranged attempt yet saved by Man United goalkeeper David De Gea in the 78th-minute mark.

Alcantara did dictate play in the midfield but even his exquisite use of the ball could not unlock a well-drilled United formation.

But he was not helped by some distinctly poor and wayward finishing from the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Andy Robertson.

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Man United played well composed throughout the match, as they remained content to run holding patterns and waited patiently for Liverpool to slip, thus leaving them not having their first shot until the 34th-minute when Fernandes whipped a free kick just wide.

Fernandes seemed to be the only United player testing Alisson, with the Brazil international saving twice in the second half — the second a good block from close range.

Thiago forced the under-employed De Gea to palm away his strike from distance before Alisson produced the stop of the evening to turn Pogba’s drive for a corner.

“They were dangerous on the counterattack, they’re dangerous away from home,” said Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who was deployed further back in central defense.

“We knew it would be a tough game but, like I said, I thought the performance level was really good, counter-pressing, winning the ball back quickly was good.

“They’re always going to have one or two moments, but I think it’s about trying to limit that and I felt as though we did that today. Overall we’ll be disappointed not to take the three points.”