In a highly anticipated clash at Anfield on Sunday night (17/12/2023), Manchester United exhibited exceptional discipline as their solid defensive line thwarted Liverpool’s attacking endeavors, resulting in a goalless draw.
Facing Liverpool in the main attraction of the 17th week of the Premier League, Manchester United entered the arena with a depleted squad. Notable absentees due to injuries included Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, and Christian Eriksen. Bruno Fernandez was also sidelined due to accumulated yellow cards.
Veteran defender Jonny Evans partnered with Raphael Varane in the center of the defense. They were supported by Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw, with Sofyan Amrabat and Kobbie Mainoo as the double pivots.
Liverpool launched an aggressive assault throughout the game, amassing a total of 34 shots (8 on target) and maintaining 69 percent ball possession over the 2×45 minutes.
Despite the relentless efforts of Liverpool’s attacking force, they were unable to breach the resolute Manchester United defense. Jonny Evans and his compatriots executed a disciplined and tightly-knit defensive performance.
Liverpool’s home record across all competitions this season.
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Goalkeeper Andre Onana emerged as the star of the match for Manchester United, making eight brilliant saves to secure the visitors’ goal.
The contest ended in a hard-fought 0-0 draw, making Manchester United the first team to snatch points from Anfield since March 2023.
Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, commended his team’s hard work in holding Liverpool to a draw. He acknowledged that their defensive performance was nearly flawless at Anfield.
“Our defensive display was nearly perfect. Whenever we made a mistake, there was always a teammate to rectify it. I believe this is a significant point earned today, and we must maintain and embody this in every game,” stated Ten Hag after the Liverpool vs. Manchester United match, as reported by BBC.
“You always have to fight for each other. At Manchester United, it’s always the same – we face our opponents together,” he emphasized.