The start was impressive and took the lead, but Man Utd let Liverpool equalize 1-1 at the end of the great battle in the 9th round of the Premier League.
Goals: Rashford 36 ‘- Lallana 85’.
Before welcoming Liverpool, Man Utd was warned about the time to control the ball. Old Trafford owners often won when giving the match to the opponent, and that continues to show in the score opener of Marcus Rashford. In about five minutes before the 21-year-old striker scored, Liverpool always held the ball at the threshold of more than 55%.
The visitors even had a clear opportunity to open the scoring in the 34th minute, when Roberto Firmino comfortably cushioned the ball in the penalty area after Sadio Mane’s precise and tight effort. However, when “The Kop” made the audience think they were about to score, the top team received a injured code from the host.
Starting from the ball on the home side of Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay crossed the right flank for Daniel James to race, before crossing the ball into the 5m50 area for Rashford.
In a blank posture, the English striker hit Liverpool. Although the away player complained about Lindelof’s foul on Divock Origi, the referee Martin Atkinson recognized the goal for the “Red Devils”, after referring to VAR technology.
VAR helped Man Utd open the scoring and continued to deny Mane’s goal in the 44th minute. Lindelof, after printing shoes in the opening goal, fumbled for the Senegalese striker to take the ball and finish the net with David De Gea . However, thanks to VAR, referee Atkinson discovered the situation where the ball touched Mane’s hand when he had a dispute with Lindelof.
For the first time in the 2019-2020 season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer uses a three-center-back scheme, with Marcos Rojo kicking left center-back next to Harry Maguire and Lindelof. The two highest players in the Man Utd attack are Rashford and James. Solskjaer’s intention was to break the pieces, sparked by right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, and utilize the speed of the two strikers to bring the ball to the opponent’s goal as quickly as possible. The Norwegian coach ignored the 4-4-2 diamond, the scheme used at the Liverpool encounter eight months ago, because of the disadvantage of the two-wing space of this tactic.