On the day dubbed ‘Red Monday’ by Sky Sports, Liverpool and Manchester United played out a rather underwhelming 0-0 draw at Anfield in front of a packed house, and left many disappointed, taking into account the pre-match build-up.
Jose Mourinho came to Anfield to stop Liverpool’s early game surge, something that he did successfully in the first half. His team stayed strong at the back, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic should have done much better from an exquisite Paul Pogbs cross from the right wing, but the Swede could only head across goal.
David De Gea managed to produce top-quality saves to keep Emre Can and Phillipe Coutinho out during the second half before Antonio made an excellent last-ditch tackles in the last ten minutes as the game ended goalless.
The game included sixteen shots in total, nine for Liverpool and seven for Mourinho’s men, but neither side could convert any of the total twelve chances that were created during the team. Between the sticks, David De Gea made four saves, and Karius made two.
It was a good tactical battle to watch at Anfield, but a game that offered very little in terms of chances, and fans of Liverpool, Manchester United, and neutrals, were disappointed to say the least with the Monday Night Football offering. They took to Twitter to voice their opinions.
If ever a game has made you realise it’s time to get rid of Sky Sports, this is it! #LIVMUN
— BermondseyBoy (@Bermondsey1885) 17 October 2016
What a wasted 90 mins of my life #LIVMUN 💩⚽️
— 🍴🍷Adam Brooks 🍷🍴 (@EssexPR) 17 October 2016
thanks for nothing #LIVMUN
— Fabi (@NaibafW) 17 October 2016
Thanks for wasting everyone’s time, we appreciate it ❤ #LIVMUN
— baeyonce dicapriyolo (@NaadieA) 17 October 2016
— Helen (@Helen_LFC) 17 October 2016
What a pile of absolute rubbish that was #LIVMUN
— Tasha (@TashaEverall) 17 October 2016
Manchester United will have the happier set of fans on the night after picking up a point away against a team that is on great form currently. The way United played should not surprise United fans and under Mourinho they can expect many similar performances. It will be interesting to see if that satisfies the United fans in the long term though as many were disgruntled by Louis van Gaal’s management, even when the team were winning games. The fans and manager must be on a similar wavelength for their relationship to last the long haul.