Man Utd vs Liverpool
4:30pm Sunday October
Adam Lallana’s late equaliser saved a stage for an Liverpool as they drew 1-1 in Manchester United on Super Sunday in a match littered with more VAR drama.
Following a frantic opening the game burst in first half with two VAR calls that were crucial. First, Marcus Rashford gave United the lead from close range (36) as Liverpool’s cries for a foul on Divock Origi in the build-up were denied by VAR.
Afterward, as Sadio Mane looked to have equalised (44), VAR properly mastered the strike for a handball. Both choices prompted wild parties from the home audience, but Liverpool, who have been looking for a record-equalling 18 directly Premier League wins, levelled late on through sub Lallana’s back-post tap (85).
The effect moves United seven points while Liverpool watch their guide at the top cut to six points following Manchester City win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
United started with much more energy, resisting the desire to sit in, although marcos Rojo was thrown after a late injury to Axel Tuanzebe to the event.
There was a deficiency of early chances since United got into good positions however, symptomatic of a team lacking confidence, simply did not understand what to do with it. Liverpool’s best chance came down the ideal flank as Mane squared for Roberto Firmino, whose non, David de Gea saved well sliding effort.
To the stage on Super Sunday, it came after a Saturday cluttered in VAR drama. United took the lead via Rashford, tapping home in close range after Daniel James’ excellent facility in the right, but Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp believed Victor Lindelof at the build-up cliped Origi.
“There’s definitely touch with Origi plus it’s a foul,” said Graeme Souness at the Super Sunday studio, however VAR David Coote deemed the tackle fair, also Stockley Park mastered to frustrate Liverpool again minutes later in a succession of events that Klopp afterwards said showed”all of the problems of VAR.”
Mane slid the ball from eight metres after outmuscling Lindelof from the box, however replays, prompted by VAR, revealed as he commanded the ball had struck on his arm. United players made a point of running inside, while Liverpool trudged off as the half-time whistle went. The half was summed by it way up.
As though the hosts did break briefly through Rashford, that sent a low shot from 20 yards wide Klopp moved to replace Origi together with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain united started to sit after the break.
Although the sight of De Gea climbing to collect a loose ball turned into a familiar one klopp was furious on the touchline using a few of Liverpool’s departure. However, with five seconds remaining, Liverpool struck to conserve their unbeaten start.
The left-flank cross of andrew Robertson somehow found its way through a bunch of gamers to locate Lallana and he tapped at home.
It felt inside Old Trafford for 85 minutes, along with an under-par Liverpool will feel relieved to escape with a stage.
At Old Trafford, VAR took over for a large chunk. Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher commended VAR for the second major intervention however Rashford’s goal prompted debate and left Klopp fuming.
‘It’s VAR in its best. That would be granted before and now it’s handball – . We disagree particularly on that first goal and can have talking points, but that was in.’
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:”[We have ] a great response in the boys and we all know we’ve got a team that will work for every additional with a wonderful attitude and air in there.
“Maybe this will turn the entire year because they’re disappointed in the dressing room because they believe we should have won and that’s a fantastic indication for a manager to view. Our fans, they demonstrated again that they can see what’s occurring and we will arrive.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp:”They were better than us defended well, but in the end they scored a target that shows all of the problems with VAR. Mr Atkinson allow the game run because that’s the routine of VAR, also VAR shows it was a filthy and that there was touch. But we couldn’t alter that. They still had 70 or 60 yards to run to score the goal, but it is not cool.
“We then scored a goal which was disallowed. We still didn’t lose, although now pretty much everything went against us. We deserved the point, 100 per cent.”
Jose Mourinho:”Klopp has never beaten United in Old Trafford, and I believe he did not like the menu. He likes beef, and he has bass! I think United and caked, following such a fantastic attempt, will truly feel a bit disappointed. At the beginning of the match I asked United for heart. They had it but they had over that.”
Roy Keane:”With Liverpool, in case you are talking about winning titles, you are referring to collecting points when you perform seriously, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Graeme Souness:”I believe Liverpool got off with it a bit. United worked their socks off. I think United will require a lot with that game. They turned today.”
Manchester United go to Partizan Belgrade in 5.55pm Thursday in the Europa League, before a trip to Norwich on Sunday at 4.30pm. Liverpool reaches Genk on Wednesday at 8pm in the Champions League, then sponsor Tottenham at 4.30pm on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.