Despite being underestimated, Manchester United (M.U) still makes it difficult for Liverpool to have a 1-1 draw in the match in the 9th round of the Premier League.
Before the English derby, most people thought that it was difficult for MU to stop Liverpool’s progress when the port city team was in very impressive form with 17 consecutive victories, including 8 wins from the beginning of the season. Meanwhile, the performance of the Old Trafford team is very erratic and lacks many pillars due to injury.
M.U entered the match without Paul Pogba, while Anthony Martial was only on the bench. On the Liverpool side, striker Mohamed Salah was also absent and Divock Origi had a rare starting kick and goalkeeper Alisson Becker returned to play after recovering from an injury.
Despite being underestimated, the new M.U players are the better performers most of the time. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring for the hosts in the 36th minute after finishing a successful cross from Daniel James’s pass. The referee had to use VAR after the Liverpool players complained that Victor Lindelof had fouled Origi in the previous situation but after reviewing, he still recognized the goal for the home team.
Liverpool thought they had equalized when the first half had only 2 minutes to end. Mane overcame Lindelof to hit M.U but after reviewing the video from VAR, the referee did not recognize the goal when the ball touched the Senegalese striker.
The visitors increased the offensive team more aggressively in the second half but the M.U’s defense played well when successfully blocking most attacks. However, in the 85th minute, the replacement was Adam Lallana, Andy Robertson sent a cross from the right to get 1 point for Liverpool.
With this draw, Liverpool continued to hold the top of the Premier League table but they were shortened by the City to 6 points (25 compared to 19). Meanwhile, M.U stood still at 13th place with 10 points.