Manchester United put on a spirited display to earn a 0-0 draw with Liverpool today at Old Trafford.
All of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans were thrown out the window during the first-half when the Manchester United manager lost Ander Herrera and Juan Mata to injury, while Jesse Lingard broke down and had to be replaced after himself coming on as a substitute.
Meanwhile, in-form striker Marcus Rashford also played for most of the game while clearly struggling from a knock he picked up after being challenged from behind by England teammate Jordan Henderson in the early stages.
Despite Liverpool dominating possession throughout the game, Jurgen Klopp’s side could only muster a single shot on target, with the best chance of the game falling to Lingard during the first period, but the England international was foiled brilliantly by Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.
Manchester United had to start youngster Scott McTominay in holding midfield after Nemanja Matic picked up an injury in training, and Solskjaer praised the academy product, as well as left-back Luke Shaw – whose excellent performance meant Liverpool’s star attacker Mohamed Salah had little impact on the game.
“Everything that could have gone wrong in the first half went wrong. We had four injuries – we had to keep Marcus Rashford on – it seemed like it was going to be a tough afternoon,” Solskjaer told BBC’s MOTD.
“I can’t remember Liverpool having a chance. Even though they had possession, I can’t remember David de Gea making a save.
“Scott McTominay was excellent. When they need a goal and they take Mohamed Salah off you know Luke Shaw has played a good game.”
Liverpool do though move a point clear of Man City at the top of the Premier League table with 11 games left to play, while United drop to fifth after Arsenal beat Southampton 2-0 today the Emirates.