In a disappointing Premier League shock from a spectacle standpoint without being tactically uninteresting, Liverpool dominated (66% ball possession), but attacked poorly (eighteen strikes, only three on target), while Manchester did well defended and remains first. With three points ahead of the Reds, third.
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
This season, Manchester United do not know how to win against the usual big on the national scene (defeats against Tottenham and Arsenal, for example). But then, what is his secret to continue to put his butt on the throne of the Premier League? Answer: he now refuses to lose by stacking dummies, and too bad for the show. The proof with his Sunday trip to Liverpool forced to concede a draw (like Chelsea, Leicester or City before him) on the occasion of the nineteenth day. Result: failing to display a sexy face, the Red Devils keep the lead with three points ahead of their opponents of the day, too dull in attack to hope for better.
Not very entertaining, but Tactically Enriching
35 e. Yes, we must wait until the 35th minute to observe the target first shot of this “clash” between the first two of the championship. The work of Firmino, easily captured by De Gea. But that does not mean that the meeting, largely dominated by Liverpool (nearly 70% of ball possession, more than double the passes made compared to MU) is uninteresting. Inferior in appearance, Manchester plays with his weapons and stands up – at least in the score – to the Reds. Despite an incalculable number of offside, the visitors are even dangerous at the half-hour with Fernandes at the free-kick. Their only strike, in the first period. For their part, the locals are trying a lot with two rather serious situations for Robertson. But they have difficulty finding the target, and the leather often ends its races in the stands or the billboards. So how do you get around this strong and concentrated opponent?
Unproductive attackers, Unemployed Doormen
In any case, Liverpool need not fear the offensive power of their rivals. If it is not totally ghostly, the Martial-Rashford-Pogba-Fernandes quartet is indeed too messy technically and is not collected. The first stop for Alisson? Not until the 65th minute, face Fernandes. The Portuguese are then timidly imitated twice by Pogba, then tries his luck again to run into the goalkeeper. Except that in the standings, United remains ahead and retains its leadership with this 0-0. Suddenly, the Reds are obliged to accelerate. Problem: while the clock is ticking, the defending champion’s 4-3-3, which is moving high enough, fails to unbalance the Mancunian 4-2-3-1 set up by Solskjær. Whose rearguard does not yet seem frankly serene, evidenced by some disgusting reminders? Nevertheless, it takes more than a chick right foot from Alexander-Arnold to deceive De Gea, also impeccable when avoiding the opening of Alcântara’s score and protected by an experienced Maguire in front of Firmino. Which definitely rhymes with 0-0. And it is not MU, always first (two units more than the Foxes, three on the Klopp gang) who will complain about it.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson – Alexander Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson – Wijnaldum (Milner 89th), Alcântara, Shaqiri (Jones, 76th) – Salah Firmino (Origi, 85th), Mané . Coach: Klopp.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea – Wan Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw – Fred McTominay – Rashford, Fernandes (Greenwood, 90th), Pogba – Martial (Cavani, 61th). Coach: Solskjær.