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 attacker 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 85 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 United player ratings:
MANCHESTER UNITED (3-4-2-1)
David De Gea 6: Tweaked groin on Spain duty did not stop him making some simple saves from Firmino.
Victor Lindelof 6: Lucky boy not to be punished when Mane handballed. But stuck at task.
Harry Maguire 7: Games like this are why United paid so much for him. A class act.
Marcos Rojo 5: Last-minute call-up could not cut out bobbled cross for equaliser.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6: Played high up park to frustrate Liverpool full-backs. But poor on ball.
Scott McTominay 7: Return to form after Newcastle horror show. A growing presence in league.
Fred 6: His boundless drive made Solskjaer’s game plan make sense. Still gives nightmares in possession.
Ashley Young 5:Helped neutralise league leaders, before he didn’t track Lallana. Took gleam off display.
Andreas Pereira 7: Selfish start to match, but improved as game progressed. Ball of energy.
Daniel James 8: Made a gourmet meal out of United’s scraps. Delightful cross for goal.
Marcus Rashford 7: Had precious few touches of the ball, but was in right place for the opener.
1984 - Manchester United have not lost a league home game after leading at half-time since May 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich). Orwell. pic.twitter.com/Kd2AYkN3qM— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2019
Anthony Martial N/A: Welcome return to fitness after two months away. Saw out game.
Brandon Williams N/A: Late Premier League debutant
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