Liverpool and Manchester United failed to produce the expected classic at the Theater of Dreams, as both sides played out a poor 0-0 in the North Western Derby this afternoon.
The match day 27 fixture between the fierce red-rivals kicked off at Old Trafford with fans of both sides boozing to see their teams dominate the other, giving the theatre of dreams an electrifying atmosphere.
However, it would seem that the energy discharged by the fans in the stadium robbed off way too much and wrongly on the players as the first half of the battle ended with more substitutions (4) — due to injuries– than shots on target (3).
Jurgen Klopp’s men enjoyed 62% of the ball possession in the half but failed to seriously test David DeGea’s gloves with just a weak solitary shot on target by Daniel Sturridge. Manchester United’s realest chance on the other hand came with less than five minutes left to play before half time.
Paul Pogba did his magic on the left wing, sending a tailored 25 yard pass to Lukaku. The big striker picked Jesse Lingard’s run with a through pass, but Alisson came out like the defender of the defenseless to palm the ball, denying the red devils a golden chance.
Manchester United came out for the second half more laid back than in the first half but were still managing to carve our chances for themselves via set pieces.
With that manner of approach, the game saw more enticing performances from the fans on the stands than the players on the pitch. The match has morphed into a kick-around, with high hopes placed on set pieces to break the deadlock.
But it was never going to be as both sides shared the spoils to the disappointment of both sets of fans and coaches who would’ve preferred their sides to have shown real character and bagged all three points.
O-0 it ended at Old Trafford. The fifth draw in the last seven meetings between Liverpool and Manchester United in all competitions.
The solitary point took Liverpool a point above Manchester City at the top of the league, as David De Gea celebrated his 100th cleansheet in English top flight– a feat he will and should be very proud of.