The contest between Manchester United and Liverpool hardly lived up to the billing, as injuries grabbed the headlines in a goalless stalemate.
Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table, as they came away with a solitary point against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Billed as the biggest game of the weekend, it failed to live up to the expectations as both Manchester United and Liverpool struggled to create a lot of opportunities in the final third.
Bizarrely it was injuries that took the spotlight on Sunday as the first-half saw as many as four substitutions between the two teams, with the home team having to use up all three changes. Ander Herrera and Juan Mata came off for Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard, before the latter also was taken off for Alexis Sanchez, while Roberto Firmino was replaced by Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool.
The second-half too, failed to take off as neither team were able to shift gears. While Liverpool would have been happy with a point before the game, they will see it as a missed opportunity after seeing United getting hampered by injuries. The Red Devils, on the other hand, did well to keep their shape and discipline in spite of all the disruptions to hold on for a point.
Here’s how the fans reacted to a rather dull draw at Old Trafford on the day.
I would like to applaud Man UTD for the tremendous effort the players are putting in to still secure the match even after utilising full subs. Their determination 👏👏👏 beyond words #MUNLIV
— sus (@truesush) February 24, 2019
— Sports Freak (@SportsF20689858) February 24, 2019
Nothing but a couple of goose eggs #MUNLIV
— Rohan Javet Beg (@RohanBeg) February 24, 2019
— Al-amin Isa (@AlaminIsa4) February 24, 2019
— Werbenjagermanjensen (@z4niee_) February 24, 2019
— AZR Organization (@AzrOrganization) February 24, 2019
— Tendai (@NotTendai) February 24, 2019
#MUNLIV how is it possible that there has been this many injuries and Daniel sturridge is still standing?
— noah ward (@noahwar78106333) February 24, 2019
United got more injuries than Liverpool got Premier League trophies.#MUNLIV
— Suzana Anne (@SuzanaAnnne) February 24, 2019
Mohamed Salah endured a disappointing game as he was very well marshaled by Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof. The Egyptian hardly got into the game and Manchester United fans did not let go of the opportunity to mock Liverpool’s leading goalscorer of the season on social media.
— RoMo™ (@P0gbaIIer) February 24, 2019
— J O T H A M (@iam_jobaba) February 24, 2019
Salah not given an inch today #MUNLIV
— Adam Staniforth (@adam_staniforth) February 24, 2019
So….another game against @ManUtd and another game where Mo Salah goes missing….out of Ashley Youngs pocket and into Luke Shaws.
Happy with a point, some fantastic performances today.
— Scott Dinsmore (@ScottDinsmore17) February 24, 2019
I’m surprised Luke Shaw didn’t injure his hamstring as well, considering Salah was in his pocket the entire game😂 #MUNLIV
— Nikhil (@nikhil_p_99) February 24, 2019
— AllThingsMUFC (@AliMUFCNew) February 24, 2019