Scott McTominay Beat Liverpool’s Counter-Pressing With A Brilliant Skill

Scott McTominay before the match.

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Liverpool and Manchester United played a goalless draw on Sunday, with both sides keeping their respective unbeaten runs at home and away intact.

The Reds pushed United defenders closer to their goal in the first 30 minutes, while the Red Devils wasted a number of chances to bag all three points towards the end of the game.

The rest of the game was majorly contested in the middle of the park. Fred did well to disrupt Thiago’s rhythm after early dominance from the Champions League winner while Liverpool forwards and full-backs counter pressed United to maintain the pressure around the away side’s box.

There aren’t many teams in the league, or for that matter in the world, better than Jurgen Klopp’s men when it comes to recovering the possession from the opposition players in deep positions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went with Scott McTominay instead of the more composed Nemanja Matic against the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri, and consequently the tide in early minutes of the game favoured the hosts, as visitors struggled to get far away from their goal.

However, the 24-year-old alongside his Brazilian partner grew into the game, and United started to counter-attack more often.

As the game approached closer to the second-half, the Scottish midfielder gave a lesson on how to beat the highly efficient Liverpool press with a cool and composed piece of skill to bypass Roberto Firmino.

He produced another similar moment against Curtis Jones to keep the ball moving, as the Premier League leaders looked favorites to get a winner late in the second-half.

Both in terms of the result and the performance of Solskjaer’s men against the defending champions, the Anfield visit was a testament to the progress this young side have made under the tutelage of the Norwegian tactician.