Manchester United and Liverpool played out a third consecutive draw in a row in this fixture. A woefully drab affair that many have slammed on twitter as a ‘waste of time’ ended 0-0, with Liverpool comfortably being the better side. Here, we rate players based on their performance in one of English football’s most anticipated fixtures.
Simon Mignolet – 7
Had one save to make from Romelu Lukaku, and made it well. A spectator for pretty much every minute before and after that.
Joe Gomez – 7.5
Faced little pressure from either of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but showed great physical presence in the few moments United tried to build an attack. Won the Premier League Man Of The Match award.
Joel Matip – 7
Evidence of how poor United were going forward was the fact that Matip spent more time in the opposition box than his own. Would have put Liverpool 1-0 up with his close range strike had he been shooting against any goalkeeper other than David De Gea.
Dejan Lovren – 6
Most noticeable contribution to the game was being on the receiving end of a cheeky flick to the face from Romelu Lukaku’s boot, followed by a ridiculous theatrical performance that would alert producers of the next James Bond movie if they were looking for a stunt double for one of those scenes where Bond jumps from a building and rolls over multiple times after landing.
Alberto Moreno – 6.5
Got forward well and was a threat on the left. Wasn’t tested defensively, so Liverpool fans could breathe easy during the game.
Jordan Henderson – 6.5
Orchestrated the Liverpool midfield and comfortably won the midfield battle – not like there was one to begin with. Kept the ball moving but couldn’t create as much as he would have liked.
Emre Can – 6
Decent performance, and should have found the net after 56 minutes, but skied his first-time volley. Average at best.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5
Did well as a fill-in for Sadio Mane, but lacked the energy and cutting edge of the injured Senegalese star. Started the game brightly but eventually faded.
Philippe Coutinho – 6.5
Could not find or create any sort of space like he usually does. United were compact and seemed to have every man behind the ball, which made it tough for the Brazilian to make the difference. Will feel disappointed that Salah stole the ball off his toe when he was on his own in the United box and ready to pull the trigger first-time. Arguably unlucky to have not won a penalty after been felled by Ander Herrera in the box. Substituted.
Mohammed Salah – 7
After his heroics for Egypt, Salah arrived at Anfield on a high, and his confidence was more than evident from the get go. Great first half performance and looked certain to have a role in the opening goal if it were to come, although he really should have let Coutinho have that shot which he ended up skewing wide. Lost his impact as the game went on. Substituted.
Roberto Firmino – 5.5
Little to no impact. There were a few bright glimpses here and there but never really looked like scoring, and hardly troubled David de Gea at all. Seemed off the pace, which sums up his recent form. Substituted.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5
Came on for Salah and immediately added more energy to Liverpool’s play, and the Kop could feel it too, as they cheered his every touch. Just didn’t have enough time on the pitch to make more of an impact.
Daniel Sturridge – 6
Just three years ago, Sturridge was in the form of his life and was especially rampant against United, who had no idea how to stop him. Now, he can’t even get a start. Came on for Coutinho along with ‘the Ox’, but hardly had any impact on the game.
Dominic Solanke – 6
Brought on to inject a final thrust into Liverpool’s attack in the last few minutes of the game, but couldn’t provide the divine intervention they were seeking.
David De Gea – 8
How many times will David De Gea have to save United’s unmentionables when the outfield players look so off color? Only player who consistently shows up to every game and can be relied upon at all times. Last season, he made an unbelievable save off a magnificent strike from Coutinho at Anfield. He did it again today, displaying his mind boggling quick reflexes to save Joel Matip’s close range strike and keep the scores level. Had it been any other keeper, the Merseyside club would have walked away with 3 points. Only Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has managed to score past him all season.
Antonio Valencia – 6
Good performance defensively, but offered nothing going forward. Didn’t try to overlap or take on players using his pace and physical presence. Very uncharacteristic.
Phil Jones – 7.5
Can you fault him for anything at the moment? Jones was easily United’s best outfield player by a country mile. Solid presence at the back and is in the form of his life at the moment. Brilliant.
Chris Smalling – 7
Will probably go back to being a substitute once Eric Bailly returns, but he did no harm to his image at Anfield. Looked comfortable alongside Jones and will be pleased with his display. Booked.
Matteo Darmian – 6
Rather frustrating performance from the Italian – quite similar to Valencia’s on the other side. Rarely ever got forward and seemingly struggled with cramp throughout the game.
Nemanja Matic – 6.5
Decent, but hardly as influential as he usually his. Usually plays the role of breaking up play and supplementing the more attacking midfielders, but in the absence of the attack, there was nothing for him to supply to.
Ander Herrera – 4
Had Marouane Fellaini been fit, he probably would have started instead of the Spaniard today, which says a lot about how poor Herrera’s start to the season has been. Having been incredible and ever present last year, you would expect a lot more from United’s Player of the Year. Lucky not to have given a penalty away for a clumsy challenge on Coutinho, and he could not even hold on to the ball. One of United’s worst performances in terms of ball possession, and Herrera was a key part of it.
Ashley Young – 5.5
Surprise inclusion on the wings instead of Marcus Rashford, and it was evident that his days as a winger are over. Could not attack Alberto Moreno as much as he would have liked. Did do well defensively, but he wasn’t meant to be a full-back today. Booked. Substituted.
Anthony Martial – 6
Martial was one of United’s better players, and although he lacked the spark that has got him five goals and six assists this season, he put in a good shift out on the wing. He tried to attack on a couple of occasions but had no support. Defended really well though, which seemed like one of the key reasons Mourinho decided to give him a start. Substituted.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 2
Does he even deserve a rating? Having scored for Armenia in the weekend, Mkhitaryan looked to continue his great start to the season with a good performance at Anfield. However, despite being physically on the pitch, it didn’t seem like he played at all. Invisible and ineffective, you can’t say he looked out of sorts because you couldn’t even see him on the ball – he had that little of it. Had no impact on the game whatsoever. Didn’t create anything, didn’t take on players, and was one of the reasons United struggled to get outside their own half. Wasteful in possession. Woeful performance. Substituted.
Romelu Lukaku – 3
Like Mkhitaryan, he was invisible apart from one or two incidents. Many pundits said that Lukaku’s quality should be judged off his performances in the big games, and the term ‘flat track bully’ has been given to him for the last year or so. He did nothing to prove them wrong today, but it was hardly his fault. He had absolutely no support and had just one good chance to score, which he hit straight at Mignolet. Surprisingly not booked for a wild challenge in the first half. Those two incidents were the only real involvements Lukaku had in this clash.
Marcus Rashford – 6
Surprisingly left out as Mourinho opted for a defensive approach at Anfield yet again. As expected, tried to make an impact by being a player from his side to finally get past the half-way line, but could not do it on his own with the other players unwilling to offer him any sort of backup or support.
Jesse Lingard – 6
Brought on to try and bring some life into his side’s play, but couldn’t make it happen.
Victor Lindelof – 6.5
Gets that .5 extra for just making an appearance. Finally got the chance to make his Premier League debut, albeit for the last minute of the match, in place of Young in the 93rd minute.
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