Prior to the big game at Old Trafford today, there was a lot of chat about Manchester United's chances of earning anything from the game, and the general conclusion was that the result would be hiding by the champions elect, Liverpool. As it turned out, this was not the case at all as a resilient Manchester United earned a draw, and were it not for a late Lallana goal, the home team would have collected all three points.
It's not always the case, but you can expect form to go out the window when the top sides meet, especially when the rivalry is so fierce. And today this happened, as for the majority of the game, United looked comfortable even though Liverpool had more of the ball.
I must admit that seeing the home side's line-up, I was surprised and happy to see De Gea - reports suggested he would not be playing after picking up a knock playing for Spain in the week. Apart from this boost, the rest of the team looked weak - Fred has not impressed me at all, and Rojo looks like he's got a big mistake in him each time he appears.
Salah was a miss for Liverpool but Origi has done a job when fielded in the past and with Lallana and the Ox back fit, they had ample cover. The man of the match for me is a close one between James and Pereira, both battled hard and showed class - James setting up Rashford for the opening goal. VAR was called upon to check a potential foul on Origi, but the goal stood and I think the contact on him was minimal and there was simulation on his part.
Mane put the ball in the net before half time, but rather unfortunately handled the ball, or to be more accurate, the ball hit his hand. Rules are rules, and that one isn't great if you want to see more goals in games. The second half was largely dominated by Liverpool, but they didn't create an awful lot and the matched seemed to be slipping away. Lalana though, who had had a torrid time with injuries these past couple of years, popped up with the equalizer when Rojo went walk about late on.
I think a draw is a fair result, and as a Manchester red, anything to stop the Scousers breaking records while their have this purple patch :P
I'd love to quote you some incorrect stats or show you some images 'sourced' from google, but that's just not how i roll.
You can tune into another 50 posts discussing this game, littered with spelling mistakes, and find those.
Ole lives to fight another day and even though Man U didn't win, I saw a much better performance today and hopefully this result is something to build on.
Oh, and guess who predicted 1-1? :D