Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, 15 January 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Manchester United came from behind to salvage a late draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
A James Milner penalty gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half after Paul Pogba’s handball.
Jose Mourinho’s side pushed for an equaliser and were rewarded when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stooping header crossed the line as a fair result was the outcome but what feels like two dropped points on home soil.
United had the first chance of the contest almost 20 minutes in after a period of sparring between the two sides, as Pogba rolled a shot wide after Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s through ball.
Pogba was involved at the wrong end when Milner’s outswinging corner struck the Frenchman’s arm, with referee Michael Oliver having no choice but to award a penalty, which Milner put away despite David De Gea guessing the right way.
Simon Mignolet did superbly well to parry behind Ibrahimovic’s low and powerful free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, before the Belgian keeper denied Mkhitaryan’s attempt before half-time arrived.
Early after the restart, Divock Origi cut inside onto his right foot and saw an effort deflect over off of Phil Jones.
A swift counter-attack ended with Mkhitaryan’s pull back evading Anthony Martial, as Pogba flashed wide.
Philippe Coutinho’s arrival seemed to calm Liverpool down, and his reverse found Roberto Firmino, but De Gea was able to parry the shot to safety.
Wayne Rooney dragged wide after replacing Michael Carrick at half-time, as Adam Lallana saw a shot held and Georginio Wijnaldum headed over.
The hosts pushed without threatening but they levelled proceedings with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Antonio Valencia’s right-wing cross was met by substitute Marouane Fellaini, whose header struck the post before Valencia retrieved the loose ball, crossing for Ibrahimovic whose looping header dropped in.
There was time for De Gea to save from Wijnaldum, as United wasted a last minute free-kick with full-time bringing to a close this rivalry.
The reverse fixture at Anfield back in October was also drawn and nobody should have any complaints about this result.
This does end United’s nine match winning run, but preserves the unbeaten streak, taking such tally to 16.
For the first time since before Christmas, United have a full week off, allowing time to prepare for a tricky trip to Stoke City next Saturday.
The 3pm kick-off will see Mourinho pit his wits against United favourite Mark Hughes, as the former attempts to return to winning ways in the Midlands.
Manchester United: Dea Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian (Fellaini 75); Herrera, Carrick (Rooney 46), Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Martial (Mata 65).
Subs not used: Romero, Smalling, Blind, Rashford.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Lallana, Firmino, Origi (Coutinho 60).
Subs not used: Karius, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Sturridge.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp