October 17, 2016 23:01
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
Liverpool and Manchester United draw 0-0 at Anfield on Monday
Manchester United star goalkeeper David de Gea saved a Philippe Courinho shot and saved the match for the Red Devils and the hard-fought battle between the two titan clubs ended in a stalemate. Liverpool and Manchester United each earned one point and a clean sheet after the giant clubs played out a goalless EPL Week 8 game under the lights at Anfield.
Liverpool FC played out a goalless draw against Manchester United in Monday night's Premier League clash at Anfield. The match featured few chances for either of the giant clubs, Red Devils #1 stopper David de Gea was the hero of the evening as he kept out dangerous efforts from Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho. Antonio Valencia weighed in with a last-ditch tackle to deny Roberto Firmino, while Manchester United’s celebrity striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who recently turned 35 missed a header from eight yards out.
If Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side won the match, the Reds would have earned a fifth successive EPL win and drawn level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City. Portugese manager Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side showed their talent with strength in the midfield, defensive organization, and discipline as they stopped Liverpool’s momentum and intensity.
Spanish Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea delivered two excellent second-half saves, diving low to stop Emre Can shot and diving sideways to stop Philippe Coutinho's 25-yard effort.
Ander Herrera had 90 touches and was named man of the match
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was not happy with his side’s performance.
"I am not frustrated but I am not happy with the performance. No- one will show this game in 10 or 20 years but we could have played better,” said Klopp. "It was a hectic game, interrupted here and there, but we lost patience with our passing game. The attitude of my team was really good. We were ready to fight but when you can play better, you have to. The kind of defense is difficult to play. The man-marking is really difficult, they are stronger than us. We wasted energy in the first half for nothing. The second half was better and with fresher legs in second half we could have created more."
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho thought his side produced a positive result.
"It is not the result we wanted but it is a positive result. It is a result that stops a direct opponent getting three points at home, so not a bad result,” said Mourinho. "The game was difficult for both teams but for longer periods it was more difficult for them than us. We controlled the game not just tactically but the emotion of the game, that was probably the quietest Anfield I had and I was expecting it to be the other way. I think was a positive performance."
This is only the second time in Premier League history that a match between Liverpool and Man United sides has finished 0-0.
Klopp came onto the pitch at the final whistle to applaud Liverpool's fans for their passionate support. Liverpool supporters have high hopes this season after enjoying victories aagainst Arsenal and Chelsea, with nine goals in two home wins against Leicester City and Hull City.
Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Can; Coutinho, Firmino, Mane; Sturridge. Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Klavan, Lucas, Grujic, Lallana, Origi.
De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Fellaini, Pogba; Young, Herrera, Rashford; Ibrahimovic. Subs: Romero, Shaw, Rojo, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rooney.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
On the Premier League Table going into Week 9, Manchester City and Arsenal are tied in first place with 19 points apiece; Tottenham Hotspur are in third with 18 points; Liverpool are in fourth with 17 points; Chelsea in fifth with 16 points; Everton are in sixth 15 points; and Manchester United are in seventh with 14 points.
Next Manchester United host Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday before returning to Premier League action in an away clash with Mourinho's former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 20, and then host Manchester City in a Manchester Derby on October 26. Buy legal, authentic Chelsea v Manchester United tickets and Manchester United v Manchester City tickets now securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!
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Joel Matip, Liverpool FC and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United
Official Liverpool v Manchester United program cover
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, comes on late in second half
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