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12 Quickfire Conclusions As Injury-Hit United Hold Liverpool To Stalemate

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

An injury-stricken Manchester United frustrated Liverpool at Old Trafford holding Jurgen Klopp’s men to a scoreless draw.

United lost three players to injury in the first 40 minutes with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all being forced off for Solskjaer’s side.

Despite the injuries to their opponents, Liverpool struggled in the final third and could not muster up any clear-cut chances as their usually so potent front three looked poor throughout.

As the title race takes another twist, let’s take a look at 12 quickfire conclusions from Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

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1) Manchester United started the game allowing Liverpool the majority of the ball, dropping deep and looking to release their front three quick when back in possession. There was however a couple of occasions where United dropped too deep and allowed the away side into dangerous positions.

2) The injuries in the United ranks were absolutely massive in this game. Losing Herrera, Mata and Lingard in the space of 40 minutes was almost comically unlucky on Solskjaer’s side.

3) Marcus Rashford also didn’t look right in the first half. He was limping for a spell and couldn’t find his usual form as he drifted out of the game.

4) Liverpool certainly should have opened the scoring in the first half considering their dominance in possession and the injuries in the United ranks. Klopp’s men simply couldn’t find the final ball in the last third required to break United down.

5) The introduction of Pereira was also a telling substitution. The Portuguese is a promising young player in the United ranks but Solskjaer opting for him instead of £52 million Fred in the same position could be an indication that the Brazilian isn’t in his plans.

6) Credit to Peirera though, he and McTominay both performed very well in the Manchester United midfield given the circumstances.

7) Despite the injuries, the atmosphere at Old Trafford was excellent throughout the game. It’s clear that the fans are very much behind Solskjaer and his side.

8) As the second half went on it appeared as though Liverpool were growing more desperate for the opener, trying to force the issue when a sense of calm and fluidity in the final third would have been required.

9) United grew into the second half performing excellently, shutting out Liverpool’s attacks and battling in the midfield despite being short of experience.

10) A special mention to Luke Shaw also, who had a fantastic game up against Mo Salah and didn’t give the Egyptian a sniff all afternoon at Old Trafford.

11) A draw at Old Trafford is not the end of the world for Liverpool but when you consider United’s first-half struggles, it will be a point which will certainly frustrate Jurgen Klopp.

12) Solskjaer also proved that he can cope well with adversity and this will certainly be a point that will be looked upon as a positive for United. A far cry from the performance at Anfield in December which saw Mourinho sacked.

About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com