Super-sub Adam Lallana tapped in his first goal in two-and-a-half years to salvage a late 1-1 draw for Premier League leaders Liverpool at Manchester United.
Marcus Rashford followed on from his midweek strike for England with a close-range finish from lively Wales winger Daniel James’ superb cross on 36 minutes. But this required the video assistant referee to reject calls for a foul from Sweden centre-back Victor Lindelof in the build-up on Belgium forward Divock Origi.
The hosts – who came into this 203rd derby just one point above the relegation zone – looked to have held on for a first top-flight victory since September 14, especially after prolific Senegal star Sadio Mane’s goal was ruled out by VAR for handball before the break. Lallana, however, emerged at the back stick to convert a devilish Andrew Robertson centre on 84 minutes to prevent a first league loss of the campaign, although the Reds couldn’t force a record-breaking 18th-successive victory in the absence of injured Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah.
Here are the Liverpool player ratings:
Alisson 6: Back in a Reds shirt for first time since August. Precious little to do.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 5: Pinged some trademark cross-field balls. But stymied by Solskjaer.
Joel Matip 5: Left for dead by Rashford’s excellent movement for goal. Not at recent standard.
Virgil van Dijk 7: Knocked over by Rashford in first-half. Imperious display, otherwise.
Andrew Robertson 8: Just when Solskjaer’s wing-backs threatened to quiet him, delivered supreme cross. Class act.
Jordan Henderson 6: Not too good, not too bad. Skipper made way as Reds searched for a goal.
Fabinho 6: Earned only booking of game. Was his presence needed in match that Liverpool knew they’d dominate ball?
Georginio Wijnaldum 5: Could not replicate searing Netherlands form after end of international break.
Sadio Mane 6: Right call to rule out his first-half effort for handball. Missed Salah’s presence.
Roberto Firmino 5: Finishes lacked conviction in the first-half. Only a presence in the build-up, after that.
Divock Origi 5: Had strong argument he was felled for Rashford goal. Otherwise, poor imitation of injured Salah.
32.1% - Manchester United registered their second lowest possession figure in a Premier League home game since 2003-04, second only to a 32.06% figure also against Liverpool in March 2018. Hospitable.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2019
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7: Game turned on its head when his attacking drive was added to midfield. Should have started.
Adam Lallana 6: A first goal since May 2017 – and what a venue to break your drought.
Naby Keita N/A: Drove Reds on in final minutes in first PL run-out of season.
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