RATINGS | Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool: Subs make an impact to rescue rancid Reds

Normally it’s Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino taking the headlines, but it was the backup brigade to the rescue as the Reds sneaked a point from Old Trafford.

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Despite being heavy favourites before heading to Old Trafford, most Liverpool supporters were wary of the biggest fixture in English football.

The Anfield side had not won in West Manchester since 2014, and appeared to lack confidence and belief when faced with an intense and buoyant atmosphere.

Manchester United were the better side in the first-half, even if their opening goal was fortunate to stand, with Victor Lindelöf appearing to foul Divock Origi in the build-up.


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Sadio Mané had an equaliser disallowed around 40 minutes in, but it would have been an undeserved scoreline if Liverpool had reached the break level.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s men decided to turn up in the second period, and Adam Lallana’s first goal in two years rescued a point late on.

Was this a point gained or two points dropped for Liverpool? Time will tell. However, the resilience shown to come back does leave a nicer aftertaste than the dire 0-0 draw we saw in this fixture last season.

Anyway, here are the ratings, right after a reminder of my ratings system.

Starting XI

Alisson 6.5 — Had relatively little to do on his return. Had no chance for the goal.

Trent 5 — Was crossing from far too deep far, far too often, when Liverpool often had one striker up against the three Manchester United central defenders. Was clearly not working and Trent failed to react and adapt.

Matip 6 — Poorest performance from the Cameroonian so far this season. Uncomfortable on the ball at times.

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Virgil 7 — Not a vintage Virgil display, but still classy enough from the best central defender in world football.

Robbo 6.5 — Started poorly but grew into the game more than his fellow full-back ever did.

Hendo 5 — Poor. In a game like this you want your captain to rise to the occasion. Instead, Henderson was sloppy in possession and made some very poor decisions.

Fabinho 6.5 — Poor by his lofty standards in the first half. Much better display after the break.

Wijnaldum 6 — Probably Liverpool’s outstanding performer before the break, and looked like he might figure to dominate the midfield at one point early on. Did tire, and was rightly substituted.

Mané 6.5 — Most lively of the Liverpool front three throughout. Very unlucky that his equaliser was ruled out for handball.

Firmino 6 — Horrific first half, completely failing to hold up the ball. Nevertheless, the Brazilian made a nuisance of himself to create Lallana’s equaliser.

Origi 6 — Fewer poor touches than Firmino but was too quiet after a lively first ten minutes.

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Subs

Oxlade-Chamberlain 6.5 — Positive impact on the game, even if he made a few poor decisions on the ball. Came close with a couple of long-range drives.

Lallana 7.5 — Often slated by many Liverpool fans, myself included, Lallana actually looked far more comfortable on the right wing than Henderson had done, and went on to grab the most important goal of his Liverpool career.

Keïta 7 — Liverpool finally offered some real attacking threat once the Guinean came on.

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