Manchester United managed to keep Liverpool’s forwards as well as the Anfield crowd quiet for the best part of the 90 minutes and come away with a point on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag’s side headed into the much-hyped fixture against their fierce rivals without experienced players like Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and Harry Maguire among others. Considering their injury list, form, and frustrating record at Anfield over the last decade, not many were expecting Liverpool to draw a blank. But thanks to their organized defensive showing, United held Liverpool to a goalless draw.
Here are the player ratings from the snooze fest – much to Ten Hag’s delight – in Merseyside.
Andre Onana – 7.5
The Cameroon international came into the match with a lot of pressure. However, Onana displayed impressive calmness in everything he did during the outing. He made eight saves and helped his teammates push Liverpool’s backline closer to their goal with 17 accurate long balls.
Diogo Dalot – 7.4
An excellent performance with and without the ball in United’s defensive third that was marred by a very harsh red card from referee Michael Oliver.
Jonny Evans – 7.5
Called in to provide his experience to an injury-ravaged backline and put in a commendable shift to keep the clean sheet.
Raphael Varane – 8.0
Ten Hag is very particular about the preferred foot of his centre-backs as such it surprised many when he deployed the right-footed Frenchman at the left side of the defence. Regardless, Varane showed his class with his impeccable penalty box defending. Man of the Match.
Luke Shaw – 7.5
Didn’t get much opportunity to show his creative qualities in the final third, but quietly managed to keep Mo Salah at bay.
Kobbie Mainoo – 7.7
The Anfield crowd makes the most experienced players nervous at times, but the 18-year-old remained unfazed by any pressure from the home support as well as Liverpool midfielders. Brilliantly kept the hold of the ball and played some good passes, including a defensive splitting through ball in Alejandro Garnacho’s path.
Sofyan Amrabat – 6.2
The Moroccan midfielder used his physicality well to disrupt Liverpool’s play in the middle of the park, but he put his side in danger multiple times with misplaced passes.
Scott McTominay – 6.0
Did well to create a clear goal-scoring opportunity for Rasmus Hojlund in the 68th minute – but that was it from United’s chief playmaker and captain on the night.
Antony – 6.2
Another outing where his defensive output and possessional intelligence outshined his work going forward.
Alejandro Garnacho – 6.3
Tested Trent Alexander-Arnold early in the game but disappointingly lost many physical battles. Should’ve done better to convert Mainoo’s pass into an assist.
Rasmus Hojlund – 6.5
Didn’t look second best going into ground and aerial duels with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, but his attempt at the goal off McTominay’s pass left a lot to be desired.
Marcus Rashford – 5.0
The Englishman replaced Garnacho for the last 20 minutes as United looked to find some joy against a desperate Liverpool side, but he wasn’t found by his teammates enough times to make any difference.
Facundo Pellistri – N/A
Hannibal Mejbri – N/A