I’m sorry, I can’t do a review of the Liverpool game yesterday because I fell asleep during the first half. I’m only joking, but me falling asleep was more likely than Manchester United scoring a goal yesterday.
Even though we’d scored, on average, three a game in the league prior to this, Jose Mourinho decided to park the bus and play for a draw. His tactics worked perfectly in nullifying the Liverpool attack. Well, except for one moment in the first half where David De Gea showcased his brilliant reactions to keep out Joel Matip’s close range effort.
Going forward, Romalu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggled to get into the game, with the former only touching the ball 22 times. Disappointingly, even Martial wasn’t his usual self, Joe Gomez had him in his back pocket for the entire game.
In the end, Jose got what he came for, a clean sheet and a hard-earned point. He said after the game, “A point in this long marathon? A point at Anfield is OK”. I don’t know why we were surprised, he always tries to keep it compact in big games like these. Even though the game was dreadful to watch, we may look back at the end of the season and think this was a very good point.
David De Gea 8
Pulled off an incredible save in the first half to keep it at 0-0. One of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Antonio Valencia 6
Solid defensively, obviously told not to be adventurous going forward.
Chris Smalling 7
When the team was released and I saw Smalling was starting, I feared the worst. However, him and Jones played well and dealt with everything that was in front of them.
Phil Jones 7
His partnership with Smalling was solid, executed Mourinho’s plan perfectly.
Matteo Darmian 5
Played ok, was lucky there were midfielders covering as he was beaten on a number of occasions. Looked very tired for the last quarter of the game.
Nemanja Matic 6
Was too slow on the ball and was caught in possession a couple of times. On the other hand, he’s one of the best at doing what he does and he screened the back four perfectly.
Ander Herrera 5
He was too rash jumping into tackles. Lucky not to have given away a penalty.
Ashley Young 6
He made a rare appearance at right wing and did what Jose Mourinho expected of him. Tracked back well.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 5
Was very quiet, struggled to get involved in the game. This was partly due to the formation and tactics employed by the manager.
Anthony Martial 6
Going forward, Martial was poor. He didn’t trouble Liverpools right back at all. However, he defended well and covered Darmian on a few occasions.
Romelu Lukaku 5
Isolated and frustrated. Had one good chance but shot straight at the goalkeeper. Struggled today but our tactics didn’t help him.
Jesse Lingard 5
Didn’t do much after coming on for Mkhitaryan.
Marcus Rashford 5
Came on for Martial. Again, not much involvement.
Victor Lindelöf –
On for Young in the dying moments of the game. Didn’t have time to do anything.