Liverpool Vs Manchester United: Match Analysis

For a rivalry that boasts mutual dislike, bitterness, jealousy, and generally pure insanity among the fans, yesterday’s Liverpool vs Manchester United game fell short of the hype. A goalless draw and a lifeless game, if I do say so myself.

Liverpool dominated possession but didn’t do much to test De Gea, all thanks to their poor form in the final third while Manchester United soaked up all the pressure and defended.

Match analysis of Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

First Half Analysis

United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation that quickly changed to a 4-4-2 narrow, opting to play a high line (mid-block), content with hitting the opposition on the break.

Pogba found himself drifting inwards, leaving Wan-Bissaka to deal with Robertson and Mane. Liverpool looked increasingly dominant in the game.

Shaqiri’s foul on Shaw, created the only significant chance for United, a set piece that curled inches wide to deny Bruno an opening goal.

A controversial halftime stoppage by the referee left the Liverpool side fuming as they walked back to the dressing room. The question is, was it justified or just pure luck?

Second Half Analysis

United defended deep exploiting the fact that Mane and Salah were not tacking back defensively.

A quick switch of play by Pogba to Martial isolated Trent, and his ball down the channel found Fernandes run and only a well-timed block by Fabinho.

United had another big chance on the counter-attack when Rashford sprinted through but his selfish play (understandable because he is a striker) with Cavani providing an alternative option on the left, Rasford opted to go for goal but his attemps were peppered by Fabinho. Moments later, Pogba’s power shot was saved by Alisson.

Having been the side doing a lot of defending, United finished the game stronger.


Manchester United have been too cautious when facing top 4 teams. Although a draw is an acceptable result with United still top of the table, Ole should solve that.

 A great fixture diminished.

Author: Clinton Salmon

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