The Red Devils were back from the international break straight into a high voltage clash against Liverpool at home. Klopp’s winning streak was brought to a halt and still remains winless against Ole. He returns winless from Old Trafford yet again. Marcus Rashford netted in a crucial first half goal on the break off a controversial foul on Origi in the first half while Lallana scored prior to the final whistle to save face for Liverpool. Mane’s goal was ruled out by VAR in first half as it still remains a major talking point in contemporary footballing dynamics.Pogba and Salah were the notable absentees on either side.
David De Gea – 6.5
Braved himself onto the pitch after a brief injury. Liverpool failed to keep him busy or test him but for few routine saves. Could do very little about the goal. Probably a magical outball could’ve set up a counter or a run in behind on an another day. Solid performance in between the sticks.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6.5
Another injury return into a relatively unfamiliar role as a wing back. Found large amount of green grass ahead in the first half. Second half restored the parity in lot of defending to do which he ably handled for the large parts. Unfortunately couldn’t cover in time for the goal. Produced some incisive crosses going forward but definite scope for improvement in that area. Once again justified his pricey purchase and selection.
Victor Lindelof – 6
Very fortunate to have been overlooked for the foul on Origi that led to United’s goal.VAR came to his rescue after being outmuscled by Mane as well. Looked relatively more comfortable in a back three and with a covering wing back. A decent performance against premium opposition. A few fine tunings in key situations will drive the “Iceman’s” stock up.
Harry Maguire – 7
The englishman was deployed in the heart of a back three where he flourished for the three lions in the summer. A solid organiser at the back clearing the ball 10 times, more than any other teammate. A higher degree of threat or ideally a goal from set pieces would have been mint considering how United stayed pinned back for most parts of the game. Not a bad way to announce himself to this big fixture.
Marcos Rojo -6
His inclusion into the side was as bizarre as his performances sometimes, being called in after Axel felt a strain during pre match warm up. Not a whole lot to do but was switched off for the equaliser.
Ashley Young – 6
Had Trent Alexander-Arnold pinned for most parts.More defending to do than going forward. Put in a few tackles but allowed Lallana to get to the ball at close range for the goal. Captained the team in the box office fixture.
Scott McTominay – 7.5
Grew on as United’s main midfielder today. Full of courage and determination, made several key interceptions in preventing hazardous turnover. Made several driving runs forward. Released Daniel James in on the right leading to the goal. Currently stands out as one of the first names on the team sheet and a trusted general in the middle of the park.
Fred – 6
Partnered McTominay and probably found his place in the side due to Pogba’s absence. Failed to put his hand up but stands improved to previous mediocre performances. Riddled with sloppy touches, misreads and mis controls impeding any kind of rhythm for the Brazilian. Did come close with one late shot. Yet to justify his 52m price tag and needs to translate his enthusiasm into tangible consistency.
Andreas Pereira – 7
He was the tireless worker on the pitch today. Bent his back and put a solid shift in. Playing in the No.10 role, spread a few eye catching long balls showing a glimpse of his creative potential. Won the ball an impressive 10 times, joint most on the pitch. Could’ve played in the ball quicker a few times but a very bold performance overall. A definite step in the right direction but not quite yet hitting the right notes on the Samba for a Manchester United No.10.
Daniel James – 8.5
His devastating pace especially on counters often left the Liverpool defence in twos and threes. Filling in as a striker upfront along Rashford, he did a great job in trying to stretch Liverpool’s backline. Put in a wonderful ball in from out wide to find Rashford to grab a deserving assist. A serious Man of the Match contender for me. Was constantly fouled by the opposition which stands a testament to the threat he possesses. Has the right set of tools to be the Manchester United poster boy in the coming years.
Marcus Rashford – 8
Scored yet another goal against the ‘Big 6’, the biggest in the current scheme of things that gave United a surprising lead. His first goal in 9 appearances, a long time considering he’s been the man up front. His movement today was brilliant which also positioned him in front of the gaping goal for the deft finish. Impressive work rate which probably explains why he ran out of steam towards the end and was subbed off to a standing ovation. Hopefully a launchpad into a consistent run of attacking returns.
Anthony Martial – 5
First appearance since August and had only 3 touches. Probably could’ve had more if played next to James and Rashford out wide. Good to see him back on the pitch. Replaced Rashford at 84′.
Brandon Williams – 5
Came on just to close out the game for Pereira (90+4′). Good to see him up in the mix amongst the big boys in the first team. Nice way to cap off a recent signature on the contract. Certainly one for the future.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 7.5
A much needed relief in terms of the performance and result. Deserves more praise considering the form, nature of the opposition and injuries in the side. A brave move to play 3 at the back and a game plan that pretty much worked along the lines of the Spurs game last season. Maybe a bit late to ring the right changes as Liverpool were seen growing into the game. Almost came away with a masterclass win.
Crowd – 8
Vocal and lively start to finish. Did the job for VAR when Mane put the ball in the back of the net. Stood firm behind the manager and singing Jose Mourinho was a touch of class. Kept up the tradition of the Big Red Manchester Welcome.
Given the recent performances, it was great to see a few positives in the game. In fact, most would’ve settled for a draw before the kick off but United played very well and its a positive in itself that after a clash against the league leaders, a draw feels like two points lost and not one saved.