Two of the biggest teams in England went head to head last night, as Liverpool took on Manchester United at Anfield. But despite the hype, neither team managed to get on the scoresheet, and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Here’s how the players fared in the goalless draw:
LORIS KARIUS: 6
Made a mistake on which United almost capitalized, but failed to convert. Had a decent game otherwise.
NATHANIEL CLYNE: 6
Had more chances to attack in the second half.
JOEL MATIP: 6.5
Made a few important blocks to keep United from scoring. Also tried to create from the back.
DEJAN LOVREN: 6
Was much more steady in the second half as compared to the first.
JAMES MILNER: 6
Put in a good shift at the left, but struggled a bit with the combined pace of Rashford and Valencia.
EMRE CAN: 6.5
Did his job well in the midfield, and also came close to scoring by surprisingly managing to hit a shot from a crowded penalty area. Would have scored had it not been for De Gea’s heroics.
JORDAN HENDERSON: 6
Created a good chance for Firmino, but found it tough to stop Pogba a few times in the second half.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO: 7
Was the most dangerous Liverpool player on the pitch, and had an impressive midfield battle with Ander Herrera. Hit one of his trademark long shots in the second half, but was kept off the scoresheet by United’s flying Spaniard.
SADIO MANE: 5.5
Wasn’t much of a threat on the right. Also failed to capitalize on a slip-up by Daley Blind by playing the wrong pass.
ROBERTO FIRMINO: 6
Was a live wire in the Reds’ attack, and had a few good chances throughout the game, which he failed to convert thanks to the interruption by the United defence.
DANIEL STURRIDGE: 5
Remained largely uninvolved in the game, and did nothing noteworthy.
ADAM LALLANA: 6 – Made an immediate impact after coming on.
DIVOCK ORIGI: N/A
ALBERTO MORENO: N/A
MANCHESTER UNITED –
DAVID DE GEA: 8
The Spaniard was once again the man that kept Manchester United from losing the game, thanks to his two marvellous saves. Not hard to see why he has been United’s Player of the Year for the past three seasons.
ANTONIO VALENCIA: 6.5
Had a decent game overall. Also made a last ditch match-saving tackle on Firmino in the second half.
ERIC BAILLY: 7
Continued his impressive displays for the Red Devils with yet another good performance. Picked up a Yellow Card in the first half, but was solid at the back otherwise.
CHRIS SMALLING: 6.5
Partnered Bailly nicely at the back, and did enough to ensure his side kept a clean sheet.
DALEY BLIND: 6
Failed to create as much as he usually does – be it from the back or the corner kicks. Slipped twice in the second half, giving Liverpool a chance to counter.
ANDER HERRERA: 8
Put in a Man of the Match display by dominating the midfield. Made 11 interceptions – the most any player has made in a single Premier League game this season.
MAROUANE FELLAINI: 6.5
Made his enormous presence known in the midfield. Recorded the highest passing accuracy on the entire pitch (90%), and was also an offensive threat from set pieces.
PAUL POGBA: 5.5
Failed to influence the game, but did create a great chance to clinch the win for his side. Sadly, Zlatan headed it wide.
MARCUS RASHFORD: 6
Was a threat from the right, but not as effective as he is when played on the left wing.
ASHLEY YOUNG: 6.5
Was a surprise inclusion, but did his job well. Picked up a Yellow for arguing with the referee.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: 5
Missed the easiest chance of the game by heading the ball wide. Didn’t do much else otherwise.
WAYNE ROONEY: 5.5
Came on for Rashford near the end of the game. Contributed defensively, but was a much smaller threat on the right than the young Englishman.