Manchester United had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in their Premier league match against their old rivals Liverpool. Marcus Rashford’s strike in the 36 minute wasn’t enough to obtain the victory as Adam Lallana grabbed the equaliser in the 85th minute. United were the more likely to score between the two teams. Although both teams didn’t create any clear cut opportunities until Rashford’s goal.
There was a check from VAR regarding Rashford’s goal, because of Victor Lindelof’s challenge on Divock Origi in the build-up to the goal. But VAR confirmed it was a valid goal. Then later on Sadio Mane placed the ball past David De Gea, but the striker’s equaliser was ruled out because of a handball.
In the second-half, Liverpool was slowly gaining more control of the game and pressured United. The visitors was able to get the tying goal when Andy Robertson put in an excellent cross into the box for substitute Adam Lallana to score from close range in the 85th minute. It wasn’t the ending that we as United fans wanted, but United’s performance looked much better in many ways compared to past matches.
When we look at the fact that we were playing against the the best team in the league and they’re top of the table, and they had won all their previous matches it was going to be tough to win this one. Additionally when you look at the fact that we still have problems with scoring goals and we have had very few clean sheets this season it was almost inevitable that we were going to concede. We conceded a poor goal that was too easy to score for Lallana.
It was good to see Anthony Martial back after being out for a long while. He replaced Rashford later on in the game. I was happy to see Aaron Wan-Bissaka back from the tonsillitis issue that he had a few weeks ago. David De Gea was doubtful for this game, but I was happy to see that he started and completed the match. Phil Jones was back in the team, although he was on the bench which is understandable because he came back from injury. But we may see him playing against Partizan Belgrade on Thursday in the Europa league.
We should see Luke Shaw back, maybe for the game against Norwich City next Sunday. Timothy Fosu-Mensah shouldn’t be far away from returning from injury also. Lingard is still injured, and I don’t know when he’ll return. So within the next week to two weeks we should have most of our players back. I am not sure when Diogo Dalot will return, but I believe he had returned to training, and should be back soon.