United needs Paul Pogba to be match fit as soon as possibleThis performance looked quite similar to the one last season. Last season, it was the morale of the team that mattered, this time Mourinho missed the dexterity amid his midfield options. Though Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic stood valiantly in midfield but lacked the creativity of Pogba to open up gaps in the opposition defense. The midfield duo could not match the quartet consisting of Can, Coutinho, Wijnaldum and Henderson in the Liverpool line-up. The Red Devils missed the impetus to move forward and break the lines to create opportunities for our forward line.
De Gea: Simply the bestAnother marvelous performance from the Spaniard to deny Liverpool a win after a series of tremendous saves. David de Gea’s performance reminded the footballing world the reason of his inclusion to the Ballon d’Or shortlist alongside Jan Oblak and Gianluigi Buffon. In the first half, De Gea made a sensational save from Joel Matip. The Spaniard somehow stretched out his leg to make a remarkable point-blank save to deny Matip his first Anfield goal. United legend Peter Schmeichel was present to witness the extraordinary save by the United no. 1. Is there a better goalkeeper in the world of football right now? I don’t think so.
Romelu Lukaku slip Liverpool testRomelu Lukaku, who have already scored seven times this season in the Premier League failed the test at Anfield. There was a lot of anticipation revolving around Lukaku to score against Liverpool, but his scintillating form this season somewhat fizzled out. The Belgian made his first touch on the ball after 17 minutes were played out in the match which was pretty unusual for him this season. The forward was left isolated during most of the match due lack of creativeness and United’s slow movement up the pitch.
Liverpool proved their strong defenseLiverpool has been accused to have a soft defense this season but proved all wrong with their performance against Manchester United at Anfield. Manchester United never really troubled the Liverpool defense with Simon Mignolet and his fellow teammates kept the United attack at bay. Often susceptible during the counter-attacks, the pacey wingers could not open up gaps in Liverpool defense line. The likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku failed to impress against a resilient Liverpool defense.
Derby fails to live to expectations againThe big games aren’t all that big. All the compelling level of enthusiasm by the television networks are nothing but drama. All the dramatic montages of past games builds up the importance of a Manchester United vs Liverpool derby but with no result. The match fell flat on expectations of the fans of a great clash between the bitter rivals for another derby. Though, the expectancy of the clash was pretty high, it was rather a dull watch. Share your views in the comment section below.