Manchester United maintained their three-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, but were denied a famous win at Anfield by Alisson Becker’s heroics in a 0-0 draw yesterday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it was the best time to play Liverpool, but Manchester United did not make that count; Jurgen Klopp met Solskjaer’s comments with an arch “we’ll see” yet Liverpool failed to deliver a goal for the third consecutive game in the Premier League.

They saw more of the ball, but by the end it was United who looked likelier to score. Alisson made three super second-half save in the space of eight minutes to keep Liverpool in the game.

The first, after 75 minutes, came when Luke Shaw ran an excellent overlap and was set up by Marcus Rashford.

His cut-back cross found Bruno Fernandes, but Alisson saved the shot with his feet.

In the 83rd minute, he kept one out from Paul Pogba at close range and, from the resulting corner, smothered Rashford as he was about to turn the ball goalwards.

Yet one question remains. With such a height advantage over Liverpool’s makeshift centre-half pairing of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, why did United not try to make more of that? Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial — and Fernandes to provide the service. Anyone see a route to goal there?

Having said this, Liverpool defended superbly. MailOnline


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