Manchester United put in a respectable performance against Liverpool even if the game only ended in a draw.
Doom-mongers were predicting a heavy loss, but this United side stood up and were counted. Really it should have been a 1-0 win, and not a 1-1 draw, with a late lapse in concentration costing us.
There was plenty to be positive about, and here is a look at the three players who impressed the most…
This was a game where Andreas Pereira finally got a chance to show what he could do in his best position, a central attacking role.
Pereira’s qualities suited the role he was asked to play in this game, bringing a bit of bite to the attack and putting pressure on Fabinho to stop him dictating the game.
He created three chances, more than any other United player, and after a tough time out on the right wing, he needed this.
Pereira could have done more, and mistimed a couple of runs forward to be caught offside, but he showed he should not be written off just yet.
This was more like it from Marcus Rashford. Joel Matip will still be having nightmares.
He completely lost the Liverpool defender to create space to score United’s opener, latching onto a Dan James cross.
Rashford also gave Vrigil van Dijk the run around too, at point leaving the Dutchman on his knees on the pitch.
The break with England seems to have done him good, and the goal will lift his confidence.
United are a better team when Rashford is playing well and this was a step in the right direction. Getting Anthony Martial back will help him.
Tasked with leading United’s three man defence, Harry Maguire was excellent.
He made 10 clearances in total, more than any player on the pitch.
Liverpool were unable to play like the attacking force they are capable of being and this was in part due to the way Maguire marshalled the defence and organised his backline.
You still get the feeling we are still to see the best of the England international, but he continues to perform at a high level. This was one of his best games yet.
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