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United and Liverpool play out another thriller

United and Liverpool play out another thriller

2024/04/07 17:38
E4

Another wasteful display from Liverpool’s attackers allowed Manchester United to share a 2-2 draw with their arch-rivals at Old Trafford and dent the Reds’ title chances.


LINEUPS

MUN XI: Onana; Dalot, Kambwala, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Casemiro, Mainoo; Garnacho, Fernandes*, Rashford; Hojlund

MUN SUBS: Bayindir, Amass, Ogunneye, Amrabat, Eriksen, Mount, Forson, Amad, Antony

LIV XI: Kelleher; Bradley, Quansah, Van Dijk*, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Endo, Mac Allister; Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz

LIV SUBS: Adrian, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Jones, Elliott, Gakpo, Danns


Action: After a thrilling FA Cup quarter-final between these two sides last month, another extremely entertaining encounter began with drama from the off when Alejandro Garnacho was sent through on goal, rounded Caoimhin Kelleher before putting into an empty but was then flagged offside.

Liverpool began to establish themselves as the dominant force fairly soon after that, though, and had an excellent chance just a few minutes later when Dominik Szoboszlai was sent through and unleashed a left-footed effort that was well saved by Andre Onana.

It didn’t take too long for the Reds to break the deadlock, though, and they went ahead after 23 minutes via Colombia international attacker Luis Diaz. Andrew Robertson’s corner kick was flicked on by Darwin Nunez and then Luis Diaz was able to divert beyond Onana.

Liverpool continued to dominate the game and went into half-time having had 14 shots to Manchester United’s zero but they could not extend their lead.

Manchester United’s first shot came in the 51st minute and it was a remarkable turning point of a moment when Jarell Quansah let go of a loose pass on the half-way line, allowing for Bruno Fernandes to take on an effort from so far out first time and level things for United after what had been a really poor performance by the Portuguese midfielder. 

 

 

The home team began to grow into the game after their fortunate equaliser and incredibly took the lead when the extremely impressive Kobbie Mainoo, arguably the most composed man on the field in a chaotic match, produced a curling effort from the corner of the edge of the box to give United the lead.

Liverpool, susceptible to counter attacks, then continued to pile the pressure on and eventually got themselves a penalty in the dying moments of the 90 when Aaron Wan-Bissaka tripped Harvey Elliott. Mohamed Salah, who had spurned so many chances, stepped up and cooly earned the visitors a point.

Chances were still to be had with Luis Diaz and Harvey Elliott both having efforts for Liverpool but for the second time in a month, Liverpool left Old Trafford without a victory that they would have deserved.


The big picture: The draw means that Manchester United have closed the gap on the top five and the likely UEFA Champions League qualification spots to eight points but a victory for Tottenham Hotspur over Nottingham Forest later on this evening would make it 11 points and surely unassailable. Liverpool, on the other hand, have been knocked off top spot now and sit a point below league leaders Arsenal but above Manchester City on goal difference.

Man of the match: Andre Onana. Once again, the Cameroonian international continued what has actually ended up being quite an impressive first season with some excellent saves. 


EVENTS

Kick-off

‘2 | DISALLOWED: Garnacho

’24 | GOAL: Luis Diaz (0-1)

Half-time

’50 | GOAL: Fernandes (1-1)

’67 | GOAL: Mainoo (2-1)

’84 | GOAL: Salah (2-2) [pen]

Full-time

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2024-04-07 19h20m by awalkerson7
As a Liverpool fan, I can't believe our attackers were so wasteful once again. We had the chance to beat our arch-rivals but failed to capitalize. Our title chances have definitely taken a dent after this draw.
SP
2024-04-07 19h13m by sparkerfield
As a Liverpool fan, I am extremely disappointed with the wastefulness of our attackers. We had a chance to secure a win against our arch-rivals Manchester United, but our lack of clinical finishing cost us. Our title chances have taken a hit and we need to step up in future matches.
OM
2024-04-07 18h32m by omitchellsonjones
As a Liverpool fan, I'm disappointed with the result but not surprised. Our attackers have been wasteful all season and it cost us once again. We need to be more clinical in front of goal if we want to have a chance at the title. Congrats to United for a well-fought draw.
2024-04-07 18h07m by eyoungs8
As a Liverpool fan, I can't believe our attackers are still struggling to find the back of the net. It's been a recurring issue all season and it cost us once again in this crucial match against United. We can't afford to keep wasting chances like this if we want to win the title.
classic matches
U Sunday, 07 April 2024 - 15:30
Old Trafford
Anthony Taylor
2-2
Bruno Fernandes 50'
Kobbie Mainoo 67'
Luis Díaz 23'
Mohamed Salah 84' (pen.)

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