Liverpool and Manchester United share points as Lallana cancels Rashford opener

Manchester United and Liverpool go head-to-head at Old Trafford today. Catch all the live updates of the Premier League clash on our blog.

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AS IT HAPPENED: Manchester United vs Liverpool at Old Trafford

 

 

FULL TIME The corner comes to nothing and it finishes 1-1 at Old Trafford.

Adam Lallana's late equaliser rescued a point for Liverpool as it held Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Reds' perfect start to the season is over but it remain unbeaten after Marcus Rashford's first-half strike was cancelled out five minutes from time.

95' Liverpool tries to force one final opportunity but Oxlade-Chamberlain's attempted switch of play to Alexander-Arnold is poorly executed and goes behind for a corner.

93' Brandon Williams replaces Perreira.  A Premier League debut for the United U23 captain.

92' WHISKERS AWAY! Space opens for Oxlade-Chamberlain to shoot from the edge of the area. His drilled effort beats De Gea but goes just wide of the post.

90' Five minutes of time added on.

89' Not far away! Liverpool has its tail up and a cross is only cleared as far as Alexander-Arnold. The full-back lets fly on the volley and his effort drifts just over the crossbar. That'd be a contender for the goal of the season had it gone in.

88' That equaliser has set up a grandstand finish at Old Trafford. Liverpool certainly has the momentum now and United finds itself hanging on for a point.

85' GOAL! Liverpool gets the equaliser through Lallana. No VAR check needed for that one. Following a patient build-up, Robertson delivers a cross that evades everybody in the box and an unmarked Lallana drifts in at the far post to tap home.

83' Rashford comes off to a rousing reception from the home faithful and is replaced by Martial.

81' Naby Keita comes on for Wijnaldum in the final substitution for Liverpool.

79' Liverpool is turning up the pressure but desperately lacking the necessary quality in the final third. The latest example of this sees a relatively simple ball into the box overhit and trickle behind for a goal kick.

77' Liverpool gets a free-kick in a good area after Young brings down Lallana. Alexander-Arnold's delivery is met by Firmino, but he sends his header into the ground and the ball bounces up nicely for De Gea to gather.

75' Untied much better at keeping possession now. Simple passes to escape the Liverpool press and also running down the clock in the process.

74' United still lead by a goal to nil as we approach the final quarter of an hour at Old Trafford. Can Liverpool respond? These final 16 minutes are a real test of its credentials. No pries for guessing who the Manchester City fans will be supporting right now.

72' A confident move from United results in Fred latching onto Pereira's lay-off, but firing his volley just wide of the target.

71' Klopp takes off his captain. Henderson is takes off for Adam Lallana.

70' Fabinho brings down Daniel James from behind and the referee blows his whistle. He picks up a yellow card before he could run away.

STAT As we approach the final quarter of this game, Liverpool is on course for its first Premier League defeat since January. Ironically, that also came in Manchester, with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City recording a 2-1 win.

64' With his first involvement, Oxlade-Chamberlain works some space to shoot from the edge of the area. He hooks it well wide of the target though. For all the possession, De Gea hasn't been tested this half yet.

62' It is all Liverpool now. It has started this half the way it started the first. Can the players make the most of the chances though?

60' Substitution for Liverpool. Divock Origi is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. James, by the way, seems okay to carry on. He took a heavy knock to the nose in that challenge.

57' James goes down again following a strong but fair challenge from Matip. The United medical team is quickly on the field to give him the attention he needs.

55' Liverpool beginning to grow into the second half with United penned inside its own half. Klopp's side must continue to do this if it is to turn the contest around.

STAT United is aiming to stretch its current unbeaten streak against Liverpool at home in the Premier League to six games. It is its longest run without a defeat by the Reds at Old Trafford since a sequence of 10 matches between February 1991 and March 2000.

51' James is alright. He is back on his feet and returns to the thick of the action.

50' There is a break in play as Daniel James requires attention following a strong challenge by Van Dijk and Robertson. The winger was sandwiched between the two Liverpool defenders and it appeared to take the wind out of his sails somewhat.

STAT Should United score a second goal today, it would become the first team to reach 2,000 in the Premier League since its introduction in 1992. If the first half is anything to go by, you would fancy it to do so.

46' OFF WE GO! We're back underway as Liverpool gets the ball rolling.

HALF TIME Manchester United 1 - 0 Liverpool (Marcus Rashford 36')

Jurgen Klopp sprinted down the tunnel at half-time. The Liverpool boss has a big team-talk on his hands as he looks to rally his players following a below-par performance during the first 45 minutes. It has not looked like the Premier League leader so far and will be desperate to change that after the break. Rashford's goal separates the sides at Old Trafford. Manchester United is certainly good value for its lead having been the better side throughout the contest. Liverpool thought it had equalised just before the break through Sadio Mane, but VAR ruled that the ball had struck his hand before he stuck it in the net.

Can Klopp get his team to fight back or will he leave Old Trafford against without three points? We'll be back in 15 minutes to find out.

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Marcus Rashford taps in to give Manchester United the lead against Liverpool.   -  Getty Images

 

44' VAR cancels Mane's goal! Mane controlled the long ball with his hand before putting it in the net. As soon as the ball went in, De Gea was pointing to the referee that it was a handball and VAR check confirms it.

38' Two minutes since United was awarded the goal, Klopp is clearly still trying to make his case with the fourth official.

On the balance of play, United deserving of the lead. Weathered the early Liverpool domination, defended well enough and in the recent minutes the host has looked the better of the two sides.

36' GOAL! Marcus Rashford puts Manchester United ahead! Daniel James, with a fantastic ball, gets the assist. That ball was so good that all Rashford had to do was tap it in. And tap it in he did. The Old Trafford is loud and boisterous right now and rightfully so!

Liverpool, and Klopp, feel like they should have had a free-kick after Origi goes down under a challenge from Lindelof. VAR check was carried out for a possible foul but the goal stands. Klopp is furious on the touchline.

34' Liverpool has looked a little out-of-sorts so far but suddenly click into gear with Mane leading the charge down the right flank. He crosses for Firmino but there is no conviction on the Brazilian's shot, which trickles into the arms of De Gea.

32' Pereira has also carried a great threat for United so far. He looks to get involved again by latching onto Young's long through ball, but just begins his run too early and is rightly ruled offside.

STAT Rashford is in the mood today. He is freely moving across the line, changing wings and giving his markers a torrid time. No surprising as he tends to be at his best against the stronger teams. In fact, 10 of his 30 Premier League goals have come against sides who finished in the Premier League's top six last season.

28' United on top now and continues to threaten Liverpool's goal. Wan-Bissaka with a dangerous ball into the box from the right but Van Dijk reacts quickly to clear. Pereira was waiting to pounce on that.

26' Receiving the ball from a throw-in, Rashford embarks on a run into the area. His attempted cutback ricochets off his trailing leg and into the grateful arms of Alisson. That was a run that we are used to from an in-form Rashford.

25' McTominay goes on a surging run into the heart of the Liverpool defence, before shooting straight at Alisson from the edge of the area. That's the home side's first shot on target for the day.

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22' Mane has been left frustrated by the marking on his in the game. He gets a sniff of the ball but Fred is back to win possession. The Senegal international, irritated, ends up fouling the Brazilian.

STAT Excluding penalties, United has not scored from a set piece in the Premier League since March 1. That unwanted run continues, for now.

21' Not many players get the better of Van Dijk in a one-on-one scenario but Rashford does so on this occasion. He then lays the ball into the path of Pereira, who cuts inside before his shot deflects behind for a corner. The set piece is easily cleared the visitors' defenders, and then regain possession.

16' A sloppy pass gives Manchester United the possession. Rashford gets it, looks around, and passes back to groans from the home support. A couple of passes later, Liverpool win the ball — having closed down all passing avenues for United.

14' Liverpool has not had enough of the ball on the right so far. TAA and Mane vs Young and Rojo — we know who the winner of that battle will be.

13' Wijnaldum with the next shot for Liverpool, and this one is on target. He dodges two challenges, gets himself into a good position outside the box but the shot is on the ground and has no power on it. Straight at De Gea.

10' Liverpool's first decent attack of the game ends with Firmino shooting well wide after Mane headed the ball in his direction.

United knows how to end lengthy unbeaten runs in the Premier League. Remember the win that ended Arsenal's 49-match streak back in October 2004?

8' After a frantic start, Pereira's late shoulder charge on van Dijk gives everyone a breather. Aggressive play from United today, something we haven't seen in a long long time. It doesn't feel like first vs fourteenth.

5' Manchester United is pressing very high. Young and Wan-Bissaka, as expected, are playing as wing-backs. A good spell of possession ends with Young's cross going across the face of the goal. Rojo on the other end gets the ball, moves to the corner flag but his attempted cross goes out for a goalkick.

STAT  Should Liverpool win, it will maintain its perfect start to the season and equal Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive wins in the English top flight.

2' Manchester United in a back three with Rashford and James as wide forwards, Pereira the most advanced midfielder and looks likely to be on Fabinho — going by the opening minutes.

1' Both sets of supporters in fine voice in the opening minute. It doesn't matter where they are in the table, still the biggest fixture in the Premier League.

KICKOFF Manchester United, in its traditional red kit, gets the game going.

* "We might have to wait a while but I'm sure it is not going to be 30 years before the next title."

While Manchester United have fallen on tough times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident the club will be successful sooner rather than later — and sneaked in a dig at Liverpool in the process.

* Jurgen Klopp urged his players to show their "biggest balls" against Manchester United as the Liverpool manager aims to break new ground on Sunday.

* BREAKING NEWS Tuanzebe is out of the game, looks like he has trained his hip in the warm up. Rojo comes into the starting 11 and Phil Jones now finds himself on the bench.

* "We had loads of players out, everyone writes us off and are happy about that because, how can I say it, everyone doesn't want us to win. I can't say who is going to be available, but we'll have 11 men out there and it reminds me a little bit of the PSG situation."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees parallels between Manchester United's preparation for Liverpool's arrival and the lead-up to last season's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

* Manchester United and Liverpool have served up a few treats in the Premier League era, even if recent meetings have been mostly forgettable. We have picked out six of the best meetings between the teams.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Under pressure Solskjaer welcomes Klopp's Reds to Old Trafford

Liverpool could equal an English top-flight record in grand fashion when its title assault takes it to a wounded Manchester United on Sunday.

The Premier League leader is sure to target three points knowing victory against its bitter rival would be the perfect way to level Manchester City's benchmark of 18 consecutive wins at this level.

Recent trips to Old Trafford have not been particularly profitable but the Red Devils, beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United last time out, look to be little more than a mid-table outfit at present.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will not have won a match inside 90 minutes for a month in all competitions by the time the game kicks off, and the expected absence of David de Gea presents a further hurdle.

Liverpool has won five Premier League matches at Old Trafford but none under Jurgen Klopp.

The German's three draws and single defeat in four attempts add up to his longest winless streak in away games against a Premier League opponent.

He might never have a better opportunity to halt the trend.

United is lurching from one bitter blow to another and has laboured in home games against Crystal Palace, Astana, Rochdale and Arsenal this season, losing to the Eagles.

Those subpar showings, coupled with Liverpool's own outstanding form, will have Klopp's men supremely confident of delivering victory for their manager.

But with the missed chance of last season's 0-0 draw still fresh in the memory, there will be pressure on the visitor to take the initiative in attack.

Mohamed Salah, who is recovering from an ankle injury, will hope to be fit as he, like Klopp, has something to prove in this fixture.

Though prolific since his arrival on Merseyside, the Egyptian has failed to either score or assist a single goal in each of his four Premier League appearances against United.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: MCTOMINAY VS FABINHO

Scott McTominay this week shared insights into his warm relationship with Jose Mourinho, and the Scotland international will hope to make his former manager proud in a key battle.

His opposite number, Fabinho, provides just the kind of shield United's defence will need if Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are to be kept quiet.

Liverpool's midfield anchor has won 12 tackles this term, five more than McTominay, at a success rate of 60 per cent.

McTominay's tackle success rate, at 44 per cent, is less impressive and, while the 22-year-old has certainly been one of United's best performers this season, his numbers lag behind Fabinho's in several departments.

The Brazilian has created three more scoring chances in 61 fewer minutes on the pitch and his passing accuracy of 87 per cent is comfortably superior to McTominay's 81 per cent.

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool's long Premier League winning streak dates back to March and includes away wins over Southampton, Burnley, Chelsea and Sheffield United this season.

James Milner's last-gasp penalty kept the run alive in a hard-earned 2-1 triumph over Leicester City at Anfield before the international break.

United, meanwhile, is searching for answers following a string of lacklustre performances since outmuscling Chelsea on the opening weekend.

The four goals scored that day hinted at a bright future but United has failed to net more than once in any of its subsequent 10 matches in all competitions.

HISTORY SAYS…

Victory will not come easily for Liverpool, which has not travelled to Old Trafford while top of the table since October 1996.

On that occasion, a David Beckham goal gave United a 1-0 win.

Results more recently have been similarly close, with four of the past six Premier League meetings ending level.

Liverpool, the heavy favourite, must snap a five-match winless streak in away games against United in order to preserve its perfect start in the league.

* Team news!

Boost for Manchester Untied as David de Gea is declared fit to start! In other news, Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns as Solskjaer looks like he has picked a back five today. Anthony Martial is fit enough to take a place on the bench.

On the other hand, there's a blow for Liverpool as Mohamed Salah is injured. Divock Origi starts in his palce. Alisson Becker is back though and starts.

Manchester United: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Alex Tuanzebe, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young; Fred, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira; David James, Marcus Rashford.

Substitutes: Romero, Rojo, Williams, Garner, Mata, Greenwood, Martial.

Liverpool: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum; Origi, Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Substitutes: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.

* Jurgen Klopp's Red have never won at Old Trafford. Will that statistic change today or can Manchester United pull off an upset?