Manchester United end Liverpool’s winning run as the North East derby ends all square.
The atmosphere in Old Trafford tonight, was reflected in Manchester United’s start to the game. The fans in the ground were booming, and the players seemed to absorb that energy.
Before the game, fans spoke of desire, heart and feelings in a similar vein. Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James were symbols of the determination we needed in the first half. Manchester United took the game to Liverpool in a way we haven’t seen in a while.
The confidence in putting Liverpool onto the back foot was rewarded with a vintage counter attacking goal. James picked up the ball from the halfway line and whipped in a brilliant cross. Rashford has come under a lot of stick by fans and pundits alike for his movement in the box, a brilliant body feint gave him that extra yard to score a strikers finish.
VAR had it’s say today, ruling out a Liverpool equaliser from Sadio Mane. I’m sure there’ll be a couple scousers frustrated with that. In my opinion VAR worked well today, quick and effective – how it should be.
An even second half saw Manchester United surrender their lead late on. A lapse in concentration from Ashley Young allowed Adam Lallana to make a darting run uncontested and tap the ball in for 1-1.
Who is the more pleased with that result? 100% Liverpool. Away from home against your biggest rivals, a point is not so bad. However, the fact that Manchester United played a Liverpool side in the peak of their powers and be disappointed with the result says a lot about our performance. That being said however, if we fail to build on tonight’s performance in terms of the minerals of it, it means nothing.
Still 2 points above the drop but we move forward!!!