Just when you thought they were out, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pulled them back in. As Manchester United hosted Liverpool in the 203rd meeting between two of English football's most decorated clubs, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a man on a mission. The two clubs played out a riveting 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Matchday 9 of the Premier League, which meant that the Red Devils halted Liverpool's winning run of 17 games. The draw at Old Trafford means that Manchester United now find themselves just two points above 18th-placed Newcastle United. Liverpool, meanwhile, are still top of the table with 25 points from nine games so far.
Manchester United vs Liverpool has always been an entertaining contest. If the match had lost its sheen in the last couple of years, no one informed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, as the Red Devils were at Liverpool's throat from the get-go. Liverpool were constantly overrun in midfield after the Man United manager opted to field a 3-5-2 formation in a move that was designed to suffocate Liverpool's marauding fullbacks. Marcus Rashford gave the hosts the lead, after a delightful ball in from new signing Daniel James. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was left fuming at United's opener after what seemed like a foul on Divock Origi from Victor Lindelof's challenge in the build-up to the goal.
Marcus Rashford enjoyed arguably his best game of the season so far, with the England international a constant threat across Liverpool's backline. There was a moment in the first half wherein Rashford turned and left Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk on the ground. Naturally, Manchester United fans on Twitter went crazy, with the Red Devils supporters claiming that their young forward left the Liverpool centre-back tasting dust on the 20-minute mark at Old Trafford. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was another debatable point from the game, as VAR adjudged that Lindelof's challenge on Divock Origi was not a clear foul. VAR then ruled out Sadio Mane's equaliser, as the ball had struck the Senegalese on the arm before he hit the back of David de Gea's net. Here are the Twitter reactions from the game.
📊| Liverpool (17) have failed to equal Manchester City's record for most consecutive (18) wins in English top flight history.— Kun Faheem (@Faheemzzz) October 20, 2019
Take the draw at OT, 6pts clear still unbeaten. Lallana is the 🐐. Up the Reds 🔴— RF9 🇧🇷 (@PrimeFirmino) October 20, 2019
Irony that Manchester United have helped Manchester City not only in the title race but also preventing Liverpool equaling the record of most consecutive PL wins. Worst feeling being a Liverpool fan. But nevertheless, a draw is still better than a loss..— Sandeep Desai (@sandeep_desai23) October 20, 2019