Man Utd vs Liverpool Preview, Live Match Stream Highlights Goals 10-3-2018
Manchester United v Liverpool and Manchester City v Chelsea are among 15 newly-announced live games to be shown on Sky Sports Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s side face Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday, March 10, while Premier League leaders City will be looking to continue their title charge when they host Chelsea on Sunday, March 4. City’s clashes with Stoke and Brighton will also be shown on Sky Sports along with Manchester United’s trips to Crystal Palace and West Ham.
Premier League champions Chelsea face Tottenham live on Sky Sports on April 1 and Spurs are on Friday Night Football when they host Newcastle on March 16. Among the other fixtures to be announced are Arsenal’s home games against Watford and Stoke on March 11 and April 1, and Crystal Palace v Liverpool on March 31.
One of football’s fiercest rivalries between the two most successful clubs in the English game. United replaced Liverpool as the dominant force with the arrival of the Premier League era but this is still the match that means the most to players and fans on both sides.
Ibrahimovic may be 35 and in the twilight of a wonderful career – but he is the new talisman of Manchester United and the leader of Mourinho’s team. This may not have been the former Sweden striker’s best performance of the season but he was still the man who made the difference and produced the decisive contribution when United needed him. Ibrahimovic brings a winner’s mentality to Old Trafford and it showed when he raced back to the centre circle after his 19th goal of a stellar season, finger pointing to the skies before whirling his arms around demanding more noise and support from United’s fans in the closing moments. He has now scored 14 goals in his first 20 Premier League games since joining last summer – the same total as Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, former Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, and ex-Coventry City forward Micky Quinn.
Pogba’s Manchester United career has been a slow-burner – but he has come into his own throughout United’s recent run of victories. This, however, will be a game he will surely want to forget as quickly as possible as the £89m man endured a nightmare from first to last. Pogba revealed his own emoji before the game, but he will have wanted to keep his profile as low as possible after needlessly conceding a penalty and missing a clear chance when he raced through earlier in the first half. The 23-year-old France midfielder is a player of undoubted quality but this was not his finest 90 minutes.
This was a match short on high quality but one that still had plenty of action and incident to keep the capacity Old Trafford crowd occupied to the final whistle. Liverpool – who, despite keeper Mignolet’s fine work, had opportunities themselves in the second half, especially when Roberto Firmino forced a save from David de Gea – even had a chance to win the game after Ibrahimovic’s late leveller. Georginio Wijnaldum missed that good chance, so honours were even in a game that had plenty of talking points. Referee Michael Oliver was a central figure in two second-half incidents that could have brought red cards from the official. United substitute Wayne Rooney was lucky to escape serious punishment for an ugly challenge on James Milner that left his former England team-mate requiring lengthy treatment. And Firmino was also arguably fortunate to receive only a yellow card for a two-handed shove on Ander Herrera, referee Oliver perhaps taking his frustration into account because he was reacting to being crudely dragged back by the shirt by the United midfield man as he tried to break free. Oliver will also have noted the extremely theatrical reaction from Herrera as he fell to the ground, an incident which brought the two managers together on the touchline. This may well have helped him come to his decision. Some will accuse Oliver of leniency but both Jose Mourinho and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp appeared to feel he had handled the incidents sensibly – other officials may not have reacted in the same fashion.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “I didn’t think the game had super quality. We didn’t reflect the qualities we have and Liverpool have – but it was
very emotional, intense, aggressive. We fought until the last second. “They were clever. They took their time, they know how to play football and control the emotions of the game. They knew they would be in trouble in the final few minutes. “We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended – let’s see if the critics are fair. I enjoyed it but I will obviously be disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “In the end period of the game when United started playing long balls after 80 minutes of high intense football it is really hard.
“I hoped we would have a bit of luck, unfortunately not but all good. Tomorrow I can enjoy the result, but tonight only the performance.
“It is so intense. They play long balls, it was a wild game. There was a lot of action in the last few minutes. We were here to win the game, which is why we we are not 100% satisfied.”
Liverpool led through James Milner’s 27th-minute penalty, awarded after Paul Pogba inexplicably handled a corner as he went up to challenge Dejan Lovren. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was Liverpool’s hero with superb first-half saves from Ibrahimovic’s free-kick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as Jurgen Klopp’s side put up stern resistance and threatened on the break. It looked like the visitors were going to hold on and move back to second in the Premier League, but United finally forced the goal they merited when Antonio Valencia reacted first when substitute Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the post, crossing for Ibrahimovic to head home off the bar. Liverpool are now in third place, seven points adrift of top-flight leaders Chelsea, while United – whose nine-match winning run in all competitions came to an end – are now 12 points off the top.
Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp look ahead to Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool this weekend, with Klopp expecting a “real fight”.
Reds boss Klopp had no hesitation in restoring Mignolet in goal, despite the midweek heroics of Loris Karius in defeat in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Southampton. Klopp has decided, for now at least, that the Belgium international is his first choice – and Mignolet demonstrated exactly why on Sunday. Mignolet’s decision-making has often been questioned, but he has always been capable of making outstanding saves. And so it proved in this draw. He rescued Liverpool twice in the first half with a brilliant reflex save from Ibrahimovic’s fierce free-kick and a decisive advance from goal to make a one-handed block from Mkhitaryan. Klopp has had to make big decisions with his keepers this season – and this one was fully justified by Mignolet.
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