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Manchester United surprised the watching world by coming within minutes of securing an unlikely victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to play five across midfield, with Daniel James and Marcus Rashford attacking down the middle, successfully stifled Liverpool’s passing lanes and allowed for the pair to combine for an excellent counterattacking goal just before half-time – albeit with some controversy (but not actual controversy) over VAR.
The home side defended resolutely in the second half, preventing Liverpool from creating clear-cut opportunities, only for a mistake at a cross to afford Adam Lallana an easy tap-in at the far post.
Here are the best photos from what was a pulsating affair at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the state of his players following their bittersweet 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Fans and probably even neutrals had anticipated the Reds were going to throttle the legendary Norwegian’s side but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Instead United put in a strong showing and could’ve ran away with all three points had it not been for an individual defensive error.
Supporters were pleased with the impressive performance but were disappointed with the matter in which they conceded the equaliser.
Solskjaer has undoubtedly made the Red Devils stronger defensively and that was on show until Liverpool drew level.
Solskjær: "The boys were so disappointed in the dressing room. I am sure they will go back home and think we can kick on." #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) October 20, 2019
Fans couldn’t help but feel as though it were two points dropped, particularly given their position in the league table.
In truth, Manchester United desperately needed all three points to climb up to a somewhat respectable position given their poor start to the season.
Time is running out for Solskjaer’s side to pick up points as the busy festive period is just around the corner.
Hopefully a mid-week win in the Europa League sparks a winning run and United can show just how good they were at the start of their manager’s reign.
Manchester United great Roy Keane believes signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane would be easy, calling on his former side to get the job done.
Not many fans would refuse signing the talented Englishman, particularly with their side’s struggles to net goals this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has improved United defensively but for some reason that has come at the cost of regressing offensively.
Adding Kane to the line-up would certainly beef up the current firepower and Keane is clearly a fan.
The complete forward has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past but a transfer never materialised, perhaps due to how difficult a deal it would be to complete.
Keane: "Go and get Kane from Spurs, easy. They’re in disarray, go and get him.” #mufc [Sky]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 20, 2019
As much as a point as Keane has got, it’s almost as though he’s forgotten where Manchester United are in the table too.
Perhaps he’s only said that because he feels Solskjaer will turn things around and the team are appear to be at the beginning of an era in comparison to Tottenham looking to be at the end of one.
Either way, United will have to break the bank to sign him regardless of where the London club end up when the curtain closes on the season.
Manchester United fans were largely wallowing in their sorrow following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disappointing team news for the clash against Liverpool.
With United currently sitting in 12th place, it very much is the worst time to take on the in form league leaders.
Solskjaer badly needs a win to get the pressure off his shoulders but it’s difficult to imagine he’ll be getting that against the Reds.
However, if he does, it’s the type of fixture that could kickstart a season should it end well for United.
Ole’s naivety has epitomised his reign on a weekly basis. Pogba playing against Rochdale then missing key games like Liverpool shows how naive he actually is to risk him in that sort of competition. #mufc https://t.co/CUBGmusjNT
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) October 16, 2019
— astro.nic.visuals (@NicVisuals) October 16, 2019
— Sir-Ziyahlo (@TshiipoweR) October 16, 2019
Hello darkness my old friend
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 16, 2019
— Nomadkid7 (@Nomadkid7) October 16, 2019
— A Pimp named Slickback (@TheSupremeCaleb) October 16, 2019
Sergio Romero has proven himself as an adequate backup to De Gea but Manchester United have sorely missed Pogba of late.
Perhaps a Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic midfield partnership will help Solskjaer if he plans on sitting deep and counter-attacking as they are both very attentive to their defensive duties.
Many are anticipating a Liverpool onslaught so the legendary Norwegian will have to come up with some tactical masterplan if he hopes to survive this game.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had good and bad injury news to deliver ahead of the hotly anticipated clash with Liverpool.
The legendary Norwegian’s job is on the line, particularly since a loss could see his side potentially drop into the relegation zone.
United have largely been disappointing this season with their only good display being the opening fixture against Chelsea.
Despite Solskjaer having a pre-season to prepare his players for the rigours of his tactics, it’s made no difference in terms of the amount of injuries they’ve picked up.
The Red Devils’ stars have had a reputation for being injury prone for quite some time now and whatever the root cause is, it must be solved.
According to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “David needs a scan. I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.
“Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.
“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.
“I can’t tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen.
“But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last the training this week and be available for selection. If it’s for half a game or 30 minutes I don’t know but let’s see where they’re at.”
Still, Sergio Romero has proven himself as a reliable backup so it’s unlikely the Spaniard will be risked.
Manchester United were never favourites for the clash but at least having their key players available would’ve given them some hope.
Unfortunately fans are not confident at all and are hoping for a decent loss; such is the sorry state of the club at this moment of time.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool while goalkeeper David De Gea faces a scan and is a major injury doubt.