What the papers say
• Former Villa striker Savo Milosevic: ’I expect things to be fair’
Partizan Belgrade head coach Savo Milosevic is confident there will be no racist chanting from fans when his team face Manchester United after the hosts completed a two-match stadium sanction for racist behaviour.
The Serbian club has already served a ban following August’s Europa League qualifying match against Turkey’s Yeni Malatyaspor. Uefa allowed Partizan to invite schoolchildren to watch the second of those games, a crowd of 22,00 attending September’s 2-2 Group L draw with AZ Alkmaar.Continue reading...
• ‘This individual is not welcome at Old Trafford’
Manchester United have issued an indefinite ban to the supporter who allegedly racially abused Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The fan was ejected and now faces being disallowed from attending any more matches at the stadium, though the ruling can be appealed.Continue reading...
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Manchester United were unrecognisable on Sunday. Which is to say that for most of the time they played like Manchester United rather than the dispirited rabble written off by many commentators in the noisy lead-up to their meeting with Liverpool, the European champions and Premier League leaders, at Old Trafford.
The weekend papers would have made Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s players feel as though they were reading their own obituaries. Their tactics were “muddled”. The club had “decayed”. Their performance in their previous match, a bedraggled defeat at St James’ Park just before the recent international break, had been “historically bad”. They were described as “shorn of authority and confidence” and “the last cuts of offal” compared to the prime steak offered in the glory years. Two former international players, in separate columns in different papers, reached the same conclusion: only one current United player – Harry Maguire – would be good enough to join 10 from Liverpool in a combined XI.Continue reading...
• Incident could lead to indefinite ban
Great Manchester Police have been informed after Manchester United stewards ejected a supporter during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday because of alleged racial abuse.
United have opened an investigation into the incident, with a club spokesman confirming that the fan was immediately removed from the stadium. “We are aware of an incident at yesterday’s game where an individual in the home section has allegedly engaged in racial abuse. The individual was identified and ejected from the stadium,” he said. “We are currently investigating the matter as a priority. Racism and all forms of discrimination are completely unacceptable and do not reflect the values of our club.” If found guilty, the fan could be banned indefinitely.Continue reading...
• Midfielder sure he will play more games during hectic season
Adam Lallana believes his late equaliser against Manchester United can kick-start his Liverpool career and again make him an integral part of Jürgen Klopp’s team.
The 31-year-old came on as a 71st-minute replacement at Old Trafford on Sunday and went on to score the goal that secured a 1-1 draw for the Premier League leaders. Lallana’s previous goal for Liverpool came more than two years ago, against Middlesbrough in May 2017.Continue reading...
A result for Manchester United to build on or a reminder of how far they must climb? | Jonathan Wilson
So close. So, so close. Manchester United came within five minutes of pulling off their best result since Paris in March. Had they done so, Ole Gunnar Solskjær would have been hailed for his tactical genius, for the boldness of the changes that forced Liverpool into their worst performance of the season, for the vision that found a plan from the most unpromising pieces. But results are the great validifiers, and the draw leaves United two points above the relegation zone. As Solskjær observed last week in what must have been for him a moment of devastating self-realisation, it’s not the 1990s any more.
Perhaps this will prove a springboard. Perhaps this was the performance that will remind United what they can be. Perhaps (and this may be more important to United fans in the short term) this will sow doubts at Liverpool and interrupt their title challenge. But the sense was that Adam Lalllana’s late equaliser changed everything. That it will persuade Liverpool that they can still pull out results when everything is going against them, and that it will confirm to United – board, fans and players – that stagnation is now their state.Continue reading...
Overhead kicks, serenity and scarves in this week’s roundup of the best top-flight pictures
• No chance – we’re not playing basketball, Solskjær retorts
Jürgen Klopp railed at the VAR outcome over a “clear foul” in the buildup to Marcus Rashford’s goal as Liverpool surrendered their 100% record in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday.
The result cut Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to six points. The draw prevented Klopp’s side from matching City’s record of 18 successive league wins and providing a welcome confidence boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side after a testing start to the season.Continue reading...
Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season continued after a late Adam Lallana goal levelled the scores at Old Trafford. There was a moment of controversy in the opening Marcus Rashford goal, when Divock Origi was brought down with a tackle from behind in the buildup. A decision which Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was '100% sure VAR will overrule'Continue reading...
This is a result that may prove pivotal for Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. For Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team confidence is boosted after ending Jürgen Klopp’s leaders perfect league record, while Pep Guardiola’s champions look at the table and see the gap to Liverpool is six points.
Yet United’s fourth draw of the season came close to going down as a memorable victory before Adam Lallana’s late equaliser, the substitute sending the travelling support delirious. Their counterparts had enjoyed the same emotion for much of the match, half-time here being greeted by United players sprinting for the dressing room while Liverpool’s slouched off. The differing body language was indicative of what had just unfolded.Continue reading...
• Reports Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has shown interest
Ed Woodward said the Glazers do not wish to sell Manchester United and the owners have received no offers for the club.
There are reports that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman would like to buy United, but the executive vice-chairman denied there had been any concrete bids.Continue reading...
By any objective measure, this had felt like an away banker during what was a high-octane build-up. Manchester United, mired in their worst start to a season since 1989-90, had been goal-shy; their confidence seemingly in pieces. Liverpool were supposed to roll up to Old Trafford and extend their 100 per cent Premier League to a record-equalling 18th game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the eternally optimistic United manager, had claimed that “this is the perfect game for us‚“ but, to put it bluntly, nobody believed him. Perhaps they should have done.Continue reading...
- Premier League updates from the 4.30pm BST kick-off
- Man Utd’s recruitment has been dysfunctional, says Woodward
- Man Utd must be tempted to look at Klopp and wonder: what if?
- Send your thoughts to Rob here
Rashford gives United the lead but Liverpool think there was a foul in the build-up!
36 min De Gea makes a better save from Firmino’s header, but he’d been flagged offside.
34 min De Gea makes a good save from Firmino after a smart break from Liverpool. Matip swept a fine long pass out to Mane on the right. He kept the ball in, charged down the wing and then cut the ball back perfectly for Firmino to strike first time on the run from 15 yards. He didn’t really get hold of it, however, and de Gea plunged to his right to make an ultimately comfortable save.
32 min As with Everton yesterday, United’s performance suggests the manager certainly hasn’t lost the dressing-room.
31 min Young goes down after taking Henderson’s hand in his face. It was accidental.
30 min Henderson’s flat cross is volleyed wide from 12 yards by the stretching Firmino. It was a quarter-chance at best.
29 min Wan-Bissaka is having a terrific game. Whatever happens at United in the next few years, and all bets are off, it should be a long time before they need to scout another right-back, never mind 800.
28 min A brilliant cross from Wan-Bissaka is serenely cleared by van Dijk at the near post. That was a vital bit of defending.
27 min Rashford, on the left, zips away from Henderson and then Matip in the area, only to mistime his attempted cutback towards James. It was a lovely run, though, and he’s looked sharp in the last 10 minutes. United are playing with split strikers, as they did to good effect when Solskjaer was caretaker manager.
25 min McTominay takes matters into his hands, marauding forward from midfield before hitting a low shot from 25 yards that is comfortably saved by Alisson. It was a good run but a fairly tame shot.
25 min The game is too important to feel boring, but if this was Mansfield v Swindon we’d be calling it a stinker.
24 min “Hi Rob,” says Julian Smith. “I stumbled across this today. Great doc about the history of the rivalry between these two great cities and the mutual respect that we hopefully now acknowledge between each other (grudgingly no doubt). We’re closer than either side would now care to admit. Of course, you won’t have a chance to watch while there’s so much action going on but Merseyside/GM reds should appreciate it (even though it’s an LFCTV production).”
It’s interesting that nobody (as far as I’m aware) has written a book about the rivalry. There are plenty, for example, on Barcelona and Real Madrid, though I realise that’s a bigger, broader rivalry.
23 min I’d be tempted to switch Mane back to his usual position on the left. Liverpool haven’t really threatened yet, despite looking the calmer, classier side.
22 min Young’s corner is punched away by Alisson.
21 min Rashford leaves van Dijk on all fours and finds Pereira, whose shot deflects wide for a corner. Young will take it.
21 min United break through Rashford, whose attempted through pass to James is blocked by Matip. It wasn’t a great pass.
20 min Andy Robertson’s cross is cleared by Maguire as far as ... Robertson, who storms forward to win the ball himself. I love watching him so much. He’s an elemental force.
19 min “It’s coming,” says Mary Waltz. “Liverpool is starting to control the midfield. United is dropping back. United is being reduced to knocking it long and hoping. A Liverpool goal, like Winter, is coming.”
17 min Wan-Bissaka plays a good pass into the area for Pereira, whose speculative backheel goes through to Alisson with no United forwards in sight. Gary Neville makes the valid point that James and Rashford have both been pretty static so far.
17 min The match is starting to settle into the expected pattern, with Liverpool dominating possession. Marcus Rashford is already starting to look a bit hacked off.
15 min Maguire drives a crossfield pass straight out of play. It’s been a good start from United in terms of aggression and endeavour, but not quality in possession.
13 min Liverpool are starting to stir as an attacking force. Wijnaldum neatly slips both McTominay and Fred before hitting a low shot from 25 yards that is comfortably saved by de Gea.
12 min Pereira leads a promising attack, sees Wan-Bissaka in space on the right ... and then mishits a miserable shot from 25 yards that is claimed by Alisson.
10 min Liverpool’s first decent attack. Mane heads the ball down nicely for Firmino, who surges into the area on the left before slicing a half-volley miles wide.
9 min A dangerous free-kick from Pereira on the right is supeerbly defended by Robertson at the near post. Had he missed that, Rashford would have had a clear shot from 10 yards.
9 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Matt Dony should count his blessings. Maybe being a Liverpool and Wales fan ain’t so bad, when you could be, say, a Dundee United and Scotland fan (wins over San Marino don’t count). Even Gerwyn Price is going further in the darts than Gary Anderson these days. Although one of the year’s more heart-warming stories involves the incomparable Andy Murray, who is currently giving it a right go in the final of the European Open in Antwerp. He’ll lose, but still ...”
8 min This has been a really aggressive start from United, summed up by a late shoulder charged by Pereira on van Dijk. Liverpool haven’t got going yet.
5 min United are pressing much higher than expected, with Young and Wan-Bissaka playing as genuine wing-backs for now. A decent cross from Young - rocking up on the right in open play for some reason - flashes across goal.
3 min I take it back: United are playing a 3-4-1-2, with Pereira closer to the influential Fabinho.
2 min Young lobs a good ball down the left to Rashford, who runs at Matip but then picks the wrong option with a nothing cross that is easily cleared.
2 min Sadio Mane has started on the right for Liverpool, with Origi on the left. United’s formation looks like a 3-3-2-2, with McTominay deeper than Fred and Pereira.
1 min Peep peep! United, in red, kick off from left to right. Liverpool are in white, chasing an 18th consecutive victory.
“Jonathan Wilson has a point that United might be looking at Klopp and saying ‘What if?’,” says Peter Oh, ‘but the teamsheet suggests that they looked at Klopp, swallowed dryly and commanded Ole to ‘PUT FIVE AT THE BACK!!!’.”
The players emerge to the usual sound of This Is the One by the Stone Roses. It’s time for business.
Jose Mourinho, on Sky Sports, has just said “it’s very, very rare that magic tactics win a game”. Everything we know is wrong.
Paul Pogba is at Old Trafford, limping around with a walking stick.
“I’m currently waiting for a flight from Brasilia to Rio on Gol Airlines before heading home to London on Norwegian Air,” says Chris Hall. “I’m not entirely sure what it all means but with three Brazilians in my team today, even with no Salah, surely a 0-0 isn’t on the cards?”
Well, three of the last six league games have ended goalless. It’s not beyond the realms, especially with United playing an 5-3-0-0-0-0-2 formation. But I’d expect Liverpool to win maybe 2-0 or 3-0. It’s not like you’re on Golless Airlines, is it.
“I really, really did not enjoy this morning, Rob,” says our Wales/Liverpool fandom correspondent Matt Dony. “The rugby took several years off my life expectancy. I’m very keen for this afternoon to be less tight and less stressful. Five or six early Liverpool goals to settle the nerves would be useful.”
Surely this morning was a reminder me that late victories are all the preceding misery?
Axel Tuanzebe has been injured in the warm-up. Marcos Rojo replaces him and Phil Jones moves to the bench. This is the revised team news.
Manchester United (possible 5-3-2) de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo, Young; Fred, McTominay, Pereira; James, Rashford.
Substitutes: Romero, Ro Jones, Williams, Garner, Mata, Greenwood, Martial.
Some pre-match reading
David de Gea is fit for Manchester United, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka returns in what looks like a back five. Anthony Martial is on the bench. United could also play with a diamond, with Axel Tuanzebe in midfield and Andreas Pereira on Fabinho.
Liverpool are without Mo Salah, who is injured, so Divock Origi comes in. Alisson returns to the starting line-up.
Hello. Manchester United v Liverpool is a fixture so big it deserves its own Blackadder simile. And this one feels even bigger than usual. The context of today’s match can be summarised by a number and a football season.
The number is 18. If Liverpool win today, they will equal Manchester City’s English record of 18 consecutive league wins, and move three points closer to finally adding to their 18 league titles.Continue reading...
Far from being dismayed by Manchester United’s worst start to a season in three decades coinciding with Liverpool’s best, Ole Gunnar Solskjær came out with fighting talk that bordered on the provocative as he prepared for Sunday’s north-west derby at Old Trafford.
A draw would deny Liverpool a record-equalling 18th consecutive top-flight victory and in the circumstances most United supporters would probably be happy enough with a point against the leaders, though Solskjær insists his side will be going for a win.Continue reading...
Ole Gunnar Solskjær, having leapt several steps of the managerial ladder, does not have a preferred style and it shows
O n this weekend four years ago, Jürgen Klopp got off the bus at White Hart Lane before his first game as Liverpool manager to an extraordinary clamour. Fans packed the street outside the car park just to see him, and journalists packed the opposite pavement just to see them. The sense of excitement and expectation was palpable – and it has been justified. Liverpool have undergone a remarkable transformation since.
Liverpool went into that fixture 10th in the Premier League table; they go into Sunday’s game at Old Trafford as league leaders and European champions. Of Klopp’s 18-man match-day squad four years ago, three – James Milner, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi –are still at the club. There has been a radical overhaul of personnel and playing style.Continue reading...
After eight games Ole Gunnar Solskjær is in crisis-management mode as his plunging Manchester Unitedside have left him feeling the pressure. If results go the wrong way United could be in the relegation zone by Sunday evening with the manager’s job prospects looking grim. The flip side is that victory over the league leaders could be the springboard to turn fortunes around. Jamie Jackson
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• ‘People are trying to create it as a banana skin’, manager says
Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s visit to Manchester United has been hyped as a potential banana skin for the Premier League leaders to provoke a show of defiance from Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.
Liverpool are 15 points clear of their old rivals with only eight matches played and can equal Manchester City’s Premier League record of 18 successive victories on Sunday. Klopp, however, claims it is insulting to dismiss United as a “nobody” while Danny Mills’ combined XI featuring only Liverpool players, the overwhelming odds on his team to win at Old Trafford and the negativity surrounding Solskjær are designed purely to motivate the struggling hosts. “People are trying to create it as a banana skin,” said Klopp, who has not won at Old Trafford as Liverpool manager.Continue reading...
• I’m confident in what we’re trying to do, manager adds
• United wracked by injuries as they prepare for Liverpool’s visit
After a quip about a packed media room being “noisy”, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was asked whether being Manchester United manager was too much for him.
His side have nine points from eight league matches before Liverpool’s visit on Sunday, so the question addressed a sizeable issue. Solskjær’s response was to laugh. “No, I’ve never felt it’s too big for me,” he said. “I’m confident in what we’re trying to do and I’m confident in my staff. The coaching and what’s happening here every single day, I’ve been so impressed. The improvement is there to see for us but it’s about results: start winning games, start scoring goals. We need to create more chances because at the back we’ve looked solid.Continue reading...
A crunch clash at Old Trafford, Palace tackle vulnerable champions and could West Ham do for Marco Silva?
The last time Liverpool visited Old Trafford, they met a United side struggling with injuries – even before three players were forced off during the first half. But, though Liverpool were three points clear at the top, they played as though the goalless draw they eventually achieved was an acceptable result. In the event, Manchester City pipped them to the title by a point, and though that required a phenomenal run of 14 straight wins, had Liverpool embraced the pressure and played with their usual intensity in that game they would now be champions of England, not into their 30th season without a league title. On Sunday, Liverpool will arrive able to wear and excuse any slip-up: they are eight points clear at the top, while United, who are not quite as abhorrently awful as they’ve looked recently, will have some key players back from injury and should be up for the fight. Even so, Liverpool would be foolish to entertain those thoughts. They have one foot on City’s throat and the other aimed at United’s solar plexus; allowing them to escape instead of kicking them when they’re down would be a significant oversight with potentially significant repercussions. Playing safe is not always the safe option. DH
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