Man United vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result and reaction after Mohamed Salah scores late equaliser

Manchester United dented bitter rivals Liverpool’s title hopes as Mohamed Salah’s late spot-kick salvaged a 2-2 draw in Jurgen Klopp’s final trip to Old Trafford. Three weeks on from Erik ten Hag’s men edging an FA Cup classic at the end of extra-time, this age-old rivalry resumed in a similarly chaotic clash in the Premier League on Sunday.

Luis Diaz put dominant Liverpool into a deserved half-time lead against stumbling United, only for Bruno Fernandes’s 45-yard jaw-dropper and a magnificent Kobbie Mainoo effort to turn the match on its head.

Salah levelled with a late penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka brought down Harvey Elliott, but the Reds could not eke out a winner as Ten Hag’s men successfully put a spanner in their old foes’ title charge.

Relive all the match action below.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE: Latest score and updates

  • REPORT: Wasteful Liverpool spurn points and lead of the Premier League in improbable Manchester United draw

  • FT: Liverpool fail to reclaim top spot as Salah penalty rescues point

  • 5 talking points from Man United’s draw with Liverpool

  • 84’ GOAL! Salah equalises from the penalty spot (MUN 2-2 LIV)

  • 68’ GOAL! Mainoo hits clever curled strike (MUN 2-1 LIV)

  • 50’ GOAL! Fernandes scores stunning equaliser (MUN 1-1 LIV)

  • 23′ GOAL! Diaz opens scoring with volleyed finish (MUN 0-1 LIV)

Manchester United FC 2 – 2 Liverpool FC

Wasteful Liverpool spurn points and lead of the Premier League in improbable Manchester United draw

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Two swings, many misses. Liverpool salvage a point at Manchester United but will know they left a victory on the Old Trafford pitch, as well as the lead in the title race. This almost farcical 2-2 draw ensured Jurgen Klopp’s side have fallen behind Arsenal on goal difference. The home crowd gleefully sang about the pressure getting to the German, but what was almost more remarkable was how his team wasted so many chances without any pressure at all.

United should really have been beaten out of sight, having not even had a shot in the first half. It of course meant they were going to score with their first shot. Few could have imagined a shot like that which Bruno Fernandes actually produced. Kobbie Mainoo’s follow, to make it 2-1, surpassed even that.

It also took the game to new levels of absurdity, as well as an element of narrative perfection to go with the accuracy of Mainoo’s shot. That was just so in-keeping with the error-prone farce of the game that it couldn’t quite end like that. There was another mistake in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s foul, as Mohamed Salah at last just scored.

That made for an oddly unsatisfying ending, certainly unlike the raucous recent FA Cup tie this seemed to directly pick up from. It was summed up in how players from both sides seemed disappointed at the end. Liverpool, however, will feel it most.

Read Miguel Delaney’s full match report from Old Trafford below:

Wasteful Liverpool spurn points and lead at the top in improbable Man United draw

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s profligacy in draw at Man United

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Jurgen Klopp claimed that Arsenal will beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the title run-in if Erik ten Hag’s team play the way they did while holding Liverpool to a 2-2 draw.

Klopp claimed Liverpool dominated United more than they had during 7-0 and 5-0 wins as his side dropped points, despite Mohamed Salah’s late equaliser, as he rued their inability to defeat their old rivals this season.

But Liverpool had 28 shots and Mikel Arteta’s team visit Old Trafford in May and Klopp thinks that United would lose if they repeat this performance.

“If we are still around [in the title race] then that would be great,” he said. “But Arsenal is a good football team. If they play like today, Arsenal will win the game, I am 100 per cent sure. I am sorry to say that. It is a fact we should have won both games but didn’t.”

Read more of the German’s thoughts below:

Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s profligacy in draw at Manchester United

Draw cannot hide incompetence behind Man United’s shocking generosity in defence

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Erik ten Hag likes to argue that it is more about the quality of shots than the quantity. Perhaps, then, he can seek solace in the numbers as he searches for a justification for his baffling style of play. In Jurgen Klopp’s valedictory season, Liverpool have had 87 shots against Manchester United and failed to beat them. In Klopp’s farewell to Old Trafford, United shared the spoils in a match where the half-time shot count stood at 15-0, and not in their favour.

Perhaps Ten Hag will prove a pioneer; there is a tradition for Dutch managers to coin theories that reshape the game. Rinus Michels fashioned total football and if, after a first half of Liverpool dominance, there was a temptation to suggest that Ten Hag was purveying total… well, something else, maybe it is the way forward. Perhaps Pep Guardiola will decide the surest way to ensure Manchester City prevail at the Bernabeu is for Real Madrid to have 30-odd attempts at goal.

As United scored the spectacular and conceded the set-pieces, Ten Hag’s flawed philosophy, as much as Klopp’s gegenpressing and focus on intensity, defined a messy epic. United mastered the magnificent and looked decidedly dodgy at much else.

Richard Jolly dissects another worrying and porous display from Erik ten Hag’s side:

Draw cannot hide incompetence behind Man United’s shocking generosity

Klopp rues wasteful performance – ‘If United play like today, Arsenal would win that game’

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Speaking at his post-match press conference, the German said: “Arsenal is a good football team and if [United] play like today, Arsenal will win that game, I’m 100% sure. I’m really sorry to say that but this is a matter of fact. We should’ve won both games and didn’t. That’s our fault.”

Ten Hag speaking to beIN SPORTS

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“It’s two points dropped when you are in a winning position. The first half was tough but we thought we were in the game. We were well-organised but we didn’t create enough chances but it was only a small detail.

“It was about winning duels in decisive moments – in the half-spaces and upfront. When you win them, which is what we did in the second half, then you create chances and that’s how we created the second goal. Very proud of the team that they changed it in the second half.

“We needed a mistake to get us into the game but we also made two huge mistakes to do 1-0 down and also for the equaliser.”

On the constant need to change the starting lineup: “When you don’t get the routines in and have to make changes then the routines don’t set in. We have our rules but it’s about understanding and when you have to make split-second decisions you need to know what everyone is doing.

“[Having that understanding] will bring points over the line but now in decisive moments we make the wrong choices and drop points.”

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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Another disjointed display from United but they escape with a point, preserving Ten Hag’s impressive Old Trafford record against Liverpool.

Van Dijk, speaking to BBC MOTD

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“It feels Like a loss, it is our fault again. We had so many chances and we should finish the game off.

“Unfortunately the individual mistake that happened with the equaliser and we had so much time to put it right, but we were in a rush.

On missed chances in the first half: “We should have been 2-0 up at least, but in football unfortunately if these things don’t happen you give them the feeling they could come back and it happened.”

Keane – ‘Point might be crucial for Liverpool’

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Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the pundit said: “For Liverpool, they should have won the game. But that point might be crucial come the end of the season.

“They were behind with five to 10 minutes to go at Old Trafford where it is never easy. “I’m sure Jurgen Klopp will have mixed emotions. He will be delighted with his side’s performance but they gifted United a way into the game.

“In the end, they clawed their way back for a draw and that could be vital at the end of the season.”

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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Manchester United faced 28 shots, their most on record (from 2003-04) in a Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Home and away, they faced 62 shots in their two league meetings with Liverpool this season (34 at Anfield), the joint-most by any side against another in a season on record in the competition.

More from Klopp

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“We were in a bit of a rush – I’d have loved us to take an extra touch. You always have to take different things from the game. I know the outside world will get nervous but we have to be calm – it’s going to be full of life, excitement and desire.

“The goals we have scored have got us where we are. We need to build on that. We’re deal with that in the right way. I’m not over the moon but it’s okay. You take what you get. If we were more clinical then we could’ve won here.”

Wastefulness, late goals and 5 talking points from Man United’s draw with Liverpool

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Liverpool missed the chance to go top as they drew at Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, 2-2 the final score.

Luis Diaz scored the opener, firing home after Darwin Nunez flicked on a corner, but Liverpool then wasted several clear chances – Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai and Nunez all included – before the home team equalised out of nothing, Bruno Fernandes scoring a long-ranger after Jarell Quansah’s misplaced pass.

Kobbie Mainoo then curled in a brilliant second for United, with the visitors then needing a Mohamed Salah penalty to equalise late on and go level on points with Arsenal, who stay top on goal difference.

Here are the big talking points we took from the game at Old Trafford.

Five talking points from Man United’s draw with Liverpool

Liverpool boss Klopp speaking to Sky Sports

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“We should have won the game – that’s clear. We caused a few problems for ourselves. We controlled the game, scored first and should’ve had other goals. They had no shots in the first half.

“But we made a mistake and they used that immediately – it was well executed from Bruno [Fernandes]. Then the stadium is coming and they score another screamer. A wonderful goal.

“But we found a way back in the game. We had big chances before they scored and after they scored. It’s a point at Manchester United. I know how people will see it – two points lost but we have a point more than we had before the game in an away game at Manchester United.

“These games are more special for us than other teams. They put an extra shift in.”

Mainoo speaking to Sky Sports

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“Disappointed with the result. In the second half, we performed really well and I feel like we picked up. The lads worked really hard. There were just some minor mistakes that if we ironed out we could have won the game.

On his goal: “It’s an unbelievable feeling to get my first goal at Old Trafford and to do it in this game but we didn’t get the three points so you can’t be too happy.

“Mistakes happen in games and they can be detrimental. It’s tough and it takes it out of you.”

Mainoo the main man again

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With his goal today, Kobbie Mainoo became the first 18-year-old to score a Premier League goal against Liverpool since Cesc Fàbregas for Arsenal in May 2005. He’s also Manchester United’s youngest-ever goalscorer against Liverpool in the competition.

Let’s hear from the teenager now…

Jamie Redknapp: ‘United will be delighted with a point’

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Speaking after the game on Sky Sports, the pundit said: “Man Utd will be delighted with a point but Liverpool. on the other hand, they should have been 3-0 up at half-time.”

“They had so many chances. They dominated the match. It’s certainly two points dropped. They will be furious because it is a game they had so much control over.

“At the end, they tried to muster something and it would have been a massive three points if they could have got it. But you can see in the faces of the players, they are dejected right now. it’s a game they should have won.”

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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An action-packed second half. Let’s take a look at the three goals:

FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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A manic game draws to a close.

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FULL-TIME: Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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Elliott’s effort through the crowd is saved by Onana and the full-time whistle goes.

United take points from Liverpool once more this season and Jurgen Klopp’s men miss out on the chance to return to the top of the table.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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90+7 mins: Antony almost has the final say as Hojlund slips the Brazilian through on goal, but his effort is straight at Kelleher who makes the smart save.

Up the other end Diaz surges and he’s brought down by Casemiro in a dangerous area.

One last chance for Liverpool.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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90+4 mins: CHANCE! Robertson wins the header over Antony at the back post but Diaz, at full stretch, can’t keep his effort down from close range.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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90+3 mins: A late challenge from Mount lands him in the referee’s book as the clock ticks down here at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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90 mins: Casemiro fails to clear his lines properly and Robertson’s follow-up cross is cleared behind by Fernandes.

SEVEN minutes of added time – what more drama have we got left in store?

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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89 mins: Jones takes one for the team, scything down Amrabat as he looked to break and receiving a yellow card for his troubles.

Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool

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85 mins: Mount comes on for goalscorer Mainoo following Salah’s penalty.

GOAL! Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool (Salah, 84 mins)

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Salah makes no mistake!

The Eygptian sends Onana the wrong way and fires into the bottom-left corner. We’re all square and set for a grand-stand finish here at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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82 mins: PENALTY! No debating that.

Elliott just takes the ball away from Wan-Bissaka at the vital second and the United right-back – diving into the tackle – instead brings down the Liverpool substitute.

Salah has been quiet this game but what a chance for him now.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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80 mins: Amrabat is brought on for Garnacho as Ten Hag looks to hold on to his side’s slender lead.

Onana, meanwhile, is shown a yellow card for timewasting.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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79 mins: CHANCE! Another great chance for Liverpool but United gold on. Diaz’s effort is scruffy and pushed away by Onana, with Salah unable to divert the rebound on target.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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77 mins: Gomez is still without a goal in his length Liverpool career and almost found one there but sees his deflected strike bounce favourably into the hands of Onana.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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74 mins: Gaps opening in the Liverpool defence now as Garnacho and Dalot both nearly latch onto through balls inside the area.

It feels like there are more goals left in this one as Kambwala is shown a yellow card.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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72 mins: Fernandes delivers an enticing corner but it’s cleared away for a goal-kick. This game has got increasingly scrappy but the hosts won’t mind that one bit.

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool

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69 mins: Changes immediately from Klopp who is furious on the sidelines. Gakpo and Elliott come on for Nunez and Endo.

GOAL! Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool (Mainoo, 67 mins)

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United hit the front!

Well, well, well – who saw this coming? A superb finish from Mainoo, swivelling onto his right before curling a remarkable strike past Kelleher and into the far corner.

Having been under the cosh for the majority of this game, Ten Hag’s side are somehow ahead as we enter the final 25 minutes.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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66 mins: Rashford signals to the bench that he needs to come off, presumably he’s picked up a slight niggle. Antony replaces him, while Liverpool bring on Gomez and Jones for Bradley and Szoboszlai.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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63 mins: Fernandes pops up in the box this time but can’t quite get the same purchase on the finish this time as he fails to make contact with the ball.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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59 mins: Proper end-to-end stuff, this, now as Rashford floats a teasing ball in from the left which, somehow, flies all the way through to Kelleher.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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58 mins: Salah jinks through the penalty area but can’t quite find space for the shot. In the end, it’s laid back to Mac Allister but his effort on the edge of the box is blocked again by the United defence.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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55 mins: CHANCE! A swift counterattack from Liverpool but they can’t quite get it right. Diaz squares it across to Nunez at the back post but the striker can’t quite place his effort on target from a tight angle.

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

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54 mins: That goal has finally sparked a bit of impetus from United as Garnacho’s deflected strike goes behind for a corner. Fernandes swings in a corner but Maguire can’t quite direct his header on target.

GOAL! Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (Fernandes, 50 mins)

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Wow! A moment of magic from Fernandes to equalise for United.

It’s a sloppy mistake from Quansah to give away the ball but a world-class instinctive finish from Fernandes who catches Kelleher off his line with a remarkable first-time effort from distance.

That’s United’s first shot of the game and what an effort it was.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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48 mins: No change after the break as Liverpool storm forward on the attack. A cross is cleared only as far as Nunez but Maguire does well to block the fiercely-hit strike from the Uruguayan.

KICK-OFF! Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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46 mins: Back underway after the break.

HALF-TIME: Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 134 English Premier League matches when leading at half-time (W123, D11) dating back to 4th December 2016 against AFC Bournemouth (3-4).

Work to do for United

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The Red Devils had Garnacho’s early effort ruled out for offside and subsequently failed to register a shot on goal for the rest of the half.

It’s only the second time United have failed to have a shot in the first half of a Premier League match at Old Trafford since Opta’s data began (03/04).

HALF-TIME: Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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And here’s a look at that Luis Diaz opener…

HALF-TIME: Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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One-way traffic so far.

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HALF-TIME: Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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The half-time whistle goes as Jurgen Klopp jogs down the tunnel. His side have a deserved lead at the break and perhaps will rue not finding a second given their dominance.

Much to ponder for Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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45+2 mins: Will Liverpool come to regret these wasted chances? Bradley has the latest effort after he’s slid through by Szoboszlai but the right-back’s shot is blocked by Wan Bissaka’s last-ditch slide.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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45 mins: Nunez and Diaz combine to great effect, with Diaz sneaking behind Dalot and forcing a good save from Onana at his near post.

The offside flag goes up, though, so it wouldn’t have counted.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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42 mins: Bradley sneaks in behind Rashford and cuts it across the box to Diaz but Dalot’s desperate block does enough to divert it behind for a corner.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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39 mins: After their positive start, United have struggled to have any impact on the game. The shot count, in particular, makes for a pretty grim reading – 13 to nil in Liverpool’s favour.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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35 mins: OVER! Nunez comes within a whisker of doubling Liverpool’s lead as his effort goes just over the bar with Onana struggling at full stretch.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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33 mins: A nice spell of possession for United but a turnover for Liverpool sees them bearing down on the Red Devils’ goal. Salah with the eventual effort but it’s palmed away well by Onana.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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29 mins: Kambwala makes a meal of a bouncing ball and allows Diaz to scamper away from him, but, to the Frenchman’s credit, he recovers superbly to snuff out the danger.

Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool

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27 mins: Fernandes draws a foul out of Mac Allister before whipping a superb ball to the far post.

Casemiro nods it across the face of goal but there is no body in a red shirt who is able to divert the ball into the net. United’s best chance of the game so far.

GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Liverpool (Diaz, 23 mins)

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Liverpool take a deserved lead! They’ve had a flurry of chances in the last few minutes and finally make one count as Diaz slams home from a corner.

It’s Nunez who wins the flick-on at the front post and the Colombian is on hand to volley past Onana at the back stick.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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21 mins: Another good chance for Liverpool as Robertson is afforded too much space out on the left but the Scot fires wide with his effort.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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18 mins: Szoboszlai again finds himself ghosting into the area as he looks to make an impact from midfield. It’s a half-chance as the ball is fizzed across the box and the Hungarian can only skew his effort wide.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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16 mins: Liverpool just beginning to turn the screw in this first half, not letting United play out with ease and winning the ball back high up the pitch.

Still United pose a threat on the break as Hojlund demonstrates as he charges down the left but Van Dijk does well to stay with him before shepherding out the threat.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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11 mins: Salah’s first sighting off goal is nothing more than a half chance as his volley is blocked behind by Wan-Bissaka for a corner.

The set-piece is cleared only as far as Szoboszlai but his effort whisks over the bar.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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9 mins: Another corner for United, who have made a bright start to this game. Fernandes delivers from the right but Nunez rises well to clear away the threat.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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7 mins: A frantic first seven minutes shows no sign of relenting. A poor challenge from Bradley on Rashford earns him a yellow card as Van Dijk turns Garnacho’s cross behind for the game’s first corner.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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3 mins: SAVE! A chance, now, at the other end as Onana delivers a superb save to prevent Szoboszlai’s left-footed effort. Liverpool cut through United’s defence far too easily there.

Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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2 mins: OFFSIDE! Almost the perfect start for United as Garnacho cooly rounds Kelleher and slots into the empty net but the offside flag greats the Argentine as he turns to celebrate.

KICK-OFF! Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

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1 min: And away we go as United get us started in the first half.

Out come the players

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It’s a drizzly afternoon in Manchester as the players emerge from the tunnel. What has the next 90 minutes got in store for us?

Closing in on kick-off

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The atmosphere is building nicely inside Old Trafford as we approach kick-off. Just over five minutes to go now…

Who is Willy Kambwala?

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The young centre-back is one of three teenagers named in Manchester United’s starting line-up today – the first time the Red Devils have ever done so against Liverpool.

While much is known about the other two – Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo – Willy Kambwala has had far less first-team exposure this season.

Here’s a look at the Frenchman’s rise ahead of kick-off:

Nunez starring on the road

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Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has been involved in eight goals in his last nine away appearances in all competitions (7 goals, 1 assist).

The Uruguayan is the Reds’ leading scorer in away games this season with 11 goals in total, netting one every 110 minutes on average.

How the Liverpool fans would love another away goal today.



Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports

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“All the opponents coming up are difficult for their reasons, they all have their own qualities. We have to be ready to face the specific things they bring on the pitch.

“You have to understand the occasion, we know that. If we do well then it’s much calmer so it’s one way to deal with it. We want to be good in possession and be good against the ball. We have to try to score goals.

“We don’t make a big fuss of anything. We don’t watch games together. Of the three teams, the other two probably expect the last one to win. We have to play the game anyway.”

Can Rashford be the difference-maker?

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The England international has endured a tough season at Old Trafford but has an impressive record against his side’s arch-rivals. In fact, only Stan Pearson (8), George Wall (9) and Sandy Turnbull (9) have netted more for the Red Devils against the Reds in all competitions than Rashford’s seven goals.

Can he add another today?



Last time the two sides met

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Who could forget the last time these two sides met? A gripping, seven-goal FA Cup thriller decided by Amad Diallo’s late, late goal.

If you have forgotten, here’s how it went down:

Manchester United’s epic FA Cup comeback rewrites Jurgen Klopp’s farewell story

How Jurgen Klopp delivered unforgettable Liverpool moments to reign over rivals Man Utd

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It was like Disneyland, according to Ed Woodward’s infamous, almost apocryphal and ultimately unsuccessful sales pitch. It was not enough to persuade Jurgen Klopp to join Manchester United. Later, he instead signed up for historic rivals. He has been an indictment of United, not an inspiration for them. Klopp against United has been a nine-season battle that comes to an end on Sunday.

In some respects, he has only shaded it. United have actually finished ahead of Liverpool four times, including the season when Klopp was parachuted into Anfield in October.

The final score there will only be 5-4. Klopp will end up with another winning record: seven victories to five so far, but, explosive as many of his games can seem, draws outnumber either. He has not beaten United in two games this season, despite 59 shots. He has lost on both trips to Old Trafford in Erik ten Hag’s reign. He has only won twice in 10 visits there.

Ahead of kick-off, here’s Richard Jolly’s preview of today’s crunch fixture:

How Jurgen Klopp delivered unmissable Liverpool moments to dominate Man Utd

Bruno Fernandes speaking to Sky Sports:

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“We play against a big team that has a lot of qualities. It’s going to be a tough, intense game. These games against Liverpool always are.”

Virgil van Dijk speaking to Sky Sports

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“Today is a big game for many reasons. It was very disappointing in the cup here a few weeks ago and we want to put that right. We’ve moved on, we’re in the middle of a title race. Today is a big one and we want to come here and take the three points.

“We have to do better than we did in the cup. You have to shut it out completely anyway, whether we play first, second or third. Everyone knows how big this game is but we have to stay calm and play our football like we have all season.”

Here are some photos from around Old Trafford

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Manchester United team news

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Manchester United made two changes from their disappointing 4-3 defeat to Chelsea in the final moments of stoppage time.

Erik Ten Hag handed Willy Kambwala only his second start in place of the injured Raphael Varane.

Marcus Rashford was selected ahead of Antony.

Manchester United XI: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Kambwala, Dalot; Casemiro, Mainoo; Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund.

Liverpool team news

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made three changes from his side which secured a hard-fought win over Sheffield United on Thursday.

Jarell Quansah, Andy Robertson and Wataru Endo were all brought into the starting line-up, while Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Ryan Gravenberch were among the substitutes.

Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Bradley, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Endo; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Team news

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The teams will be announced in just five minutes’ time.

Manchester United vs Liverpool

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Thursday’s defeat in west London ended an unbeaten Premier League run against Chelsea which started in 2017.

Ten Hag wants his players to use the defeat as fuel going into their clash against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

He added: “We will see on Sunday (how to beat Liverpool).

“But I have to say first I have to deal with this, but we can’t deal with this long. We have to recover very quick. We have to turn this around.

“We will be in a positive mood. We will be looking forward. We have to take energy but we will be mad, angry. From anger you can take a lot of energy and that is how we have to do it.”

Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to improve their big-game mentality

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Ten Hag admitted his side need to start getting over the line when leading games, seeking inspiration from previous victories over the league’s best.

“We can play to a very high standard. We can compete with the best and beat the best in the Premier League and when you can do that, you can also do it across Europe,” he said.

“We need to learn how to bring big games over the line, Saturday was an example.

“We have to step up, make better decisions individually and as a team.”

Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to improve their big-game mentality

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Erik ten Hag has urged his Manchester United players to “bring big games over the line” ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United have dropped five points from winning positions in their last two games, with the most recent missed opportunity coming against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Cole Palmer scored twice deep in second half added-time as the Blues stole all three points in a dramatic 4-3 victory over ten Hag’s outfit.

Erik ten Hag reveals how Manchester United can bounce back from Chelsea heartbreak

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Now United host Liverpool, who they beat 4-3 in the FA Cup three weeks ago, and Ten Hag said: “We have to be looking forward and take energy. You can take a lot of energy from being angry and that is how we have to do it.”

United are now nine points behind fifth-placed Tottenham and 11 adrift of Aston Villa and Ten Hag said: “In this week we have dropped five points in stoppage time and that is very expensive. The points are getting more expensive because the games are running out, we know that. We have to catch up and we are many points behind so it will be difficult but we will keep fighting and I’m sure you’ve seen our team has character.”

Erik ten Hag reveals how Manchester United can bounce back from Chelsea heartbreak

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Erik ten Hag has urged Manchester United to use their anger as fuel to beat Liverpool and revive their faltering hopes of Champions League qualification.

The Dutchman believes the last week could come at a great cost to United in their bid for a top-four or top-five finish as he rued the “very expensive” loss of five points in stoppage time.

United conceded an injury-time equaliser to Brentford and then, after being 3-2 up at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, lost 4-3 to Chelsea as Cole Palmer scored the latest winner in Premier League history.

Jurgen Klopp calls for respect over tragedy chanting

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Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool and Manchester United fans to “show a bit of class” during Sunday’s game at Old Trafford (7 April).

Last month’s FA Cup meeting was marred by incidents of tragedy chanting about the Hillsborough disaster, resulting in arrests.

While admitting he hasn’t personally witnessed it on the sidelines, Klopp emphasized the importance of fan education and calls on supporters to “educate our kids” on respect within the sport.

He urged supporters to focus on positive support and let the competition take place on the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp calls for respect over tragedy chanting: ‘Let’s show a bit of class’

A look back at Liverpool’s last outing

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Chris Wilder was warned by a former Sheffield United manager. Himself, to be precise. Rewind to 2020, to Wilder’s first spell in charge at Bramall Lane, to a sport being reshaped by Covid and the contest between Liverpool and Sheffield United then was a spat.

Jurgen Klopp was the most outspoken advocate of making five substitutes a permanent part of the managerial armoury. Wilder, feeling the smaller clubs had less bench strength, was the spokesman for the other camp, branding Klopp “selfish”.

The German won the argument. And, several years later, the game. Probably the final meaningful intervention in the managerial meetings of Klopp and Wilder came from two replacements: Andy Robertson, brought on in the first of Klopp’s two double substitutions, crossed and Cody Gakpo, introduced in the second pair, headed in.

The two clever Liverpool changes that show Jurgen Klopp’s greatest skill

How Jurgen Klopp delivered unforgettable Liverpool moments to reign over rivals Man Utd

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Those wins were seminal, sensational, spectacular. A 4-2 in May 2021, three days before Alisson headed Liverpool’s injury-time winner against West Bromwich Albion, came amid a surge into the Champions League places from a team without senior specialist centre-backs. The rookies Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips played at Old Trafford, the latter assisting Diogo Jota’s goal, before taking their return journeys to obscurity.

Five months later, there were five goals in the first 50 minutes; Liverpool were 5-0 up, Paul Pogba came on and was promptly sent off and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pronounced it his darkest day as United manager. It ensured there weren’t too many other days, too: he limped on for four more games.

And it underlined an aspect. Klopp’s wins felt momentous and consequential; immediate illustrations of where United were going wrong, sometimes catalysts for change. Jose Mourinho was sacked two days after 2018’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield where the scoreline obscured the level of Liverpool’s dominance as they chalked up 36 shots.

How Jurgen Klopp delivered unforgettable Liverpool moments to reign over rivals Man Utd

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It was like Disneyland, according to Ed Woodward’s infamous, almost apocryphal and ultimately unsuccessful sales pitch. It was not enough to persuade Jurgen Klopp to join Manchester United. Later, he instead signed up for historic rivals. He has been an indictment of United, not an inspiration for them. Klopp against United has been a nine-season battle that comes to an end on Sunday.

In some respects, he has only shaded it. United have actually finished ahead of Liverpool four times, including the season when Klopp was parachuted into Anfield in October.

The final score there will only be 5-4. Klopp will end up with another winning record: seven victories to five so far, but, explosive as many of his games can seem, draws outnumber either. He has not beaten United in two games this season, despite 59 shots. He has lost on both trips to Old Trafford in Erik ten Hag’s reign. He has only won twice in 10 visits there.

Manchester United vs Liverpool

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Manchester United win 4/1

Draw 15/4

Liverpool win 8/13

Manchester United vs Liverpool – team news

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Manchester United’s defensive injury crisis was further worsened against Chelsea with Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans both replaced due to injury. With Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof each out for a month at least, it could leave Willy Kambwala to partner Harry Maguire.

Wataru Endo was absent from Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United with a knock but the midfielder could well be back in the starting side for this fixture. Ibrahima Konate started that game but Jarell Quansah may push to return, while Joe Gomez and Conor Bradley are vying for a start at right-back after Andy Robertson’s return on the left.

Manchester United vs Liverpool

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Manchester United and Liverpool FC meet in a crunch Premier League clash with the visitors hoping to keep up their pursuit of the title.

While not necessarily finding top gear, Jurgen Klopp’s side were relatively comfortable winners against Sheffield United on Thursday to go back to the top of the table.

Manchester United’s midweek action was rather more dramatic, pipped at the last by Chelsea to put fresh pressure on Erik ten Hag.

But the seven-goal FA Cup quarter-final between these two rivals showed how unpredictable this fixture can be, and the hosts will hope to again cause Liverpool problems

How to watch Manchester United vs Liverpool?

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When is it?

Manchester United vs Liverpool is due to kick off at 3.30pm BST on Sunday 7 April at Old Trafford.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage from 2.30pm.

Manchester United vs Liverpool LIVE

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Manchester United vs. Liverpool.

The Reds travel to Old Trafford hoping to pick up what could be a vital three points in the race for the title.

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