Let us remind you that initially the match between Manchester and Liverpool was supposed to take place on 2 May. This was impossible due to the protest of the Red Devils fans. MU fans flocked to Old Trafford’s album and voiced their opposition to the club’s current leadership. Many of them had signs reading “Glazer Out” in their hands. The protest is also about getting ready to participate in the Superliga project. League authorities have not granted Liverpool the waiver, but have set a new date for the Battle of Britain.
The date of this match was particularly unfortunate for the home side, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team faced Leicester on Tuesday. The defeat (1: 2) with Les Sami secured the title of the second team from Manchester. For a moment, it seemed that Thursday’s meeting would also be in danger. Red Devils fans banned a bus carrying Reds players. Ultimately, Anthony Taylor kicked off the success of the English Premier League.
The two most successful clubs in England faced each other. Manchester have won the league 20 times, more than Anfield once. This season, the two teams faced each other twice. On January 17th in Liverpool after a colorless match, there was a goalless draw. A week later, in the fourth round of the FA Cup, there was a lot of excitement. At Old Trafford, Manchester was the winner (3: 2). No wonder that before Thursday’s match, the match the two teams will start in has been decided.
Solksjaer took this match very seriously, as evidenced by the number of changes compared to Tuesday’s clash with Leicester. The Norwegian gave up to ten. Only Eric Bailey left from the start in both engagements. The first minutes already showed that viewers in front of televisions would witness an interesting scene. In the sixth minute, the landlords must take the lead. Alison Baker got a disastrous playoff, straight at Edinson Cavani’s foot, but Uruguay missed the opportunity and shot down the post.
After a few minutes, the guests were unlucky. United performed the action on the right wing, and in his final leg, Aaron Wan-Bissaka ran the ball to Bruno Fernandez. After the Portuguese shot, the ball headed into the goal area, but its flight direction was changed by Nathaniel Phillips. Unfortunately, the stopwatch interfered and confused Alison. Perhaps Manchester believed in an easy win too quickly. Liverpool went on the offensive, and Diogo Jota was active. In the 27th minute, referee Taylor had to use the help of the video assistant referee to decide whether Bayley had erred at Phillips, but ultimately chose not to dictate eleven, which was met with much ire from Klopp.
However, at rest, the German can smile. First, Dean Henderson defeated Gott, whose effective heel changed flight path after injuring Phillips. The Reds stopwatch clearly wanted to remove the stain from the 10th minute. In the last minute of extra time, Roberto Firmino scored his seventh goal of the season. The Brazilian used an accurate cross pass from a free kick by Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 29-year-old also announced himself after the break. A series of mistakes made by Manchester defenders which Firmino took advantage of. In the 59th minute, Jota hit the post. Less than ten minutes later, Marcus Rashford scored a friction goal, received a superb pass from Cavani and maintained his composure alone.
The Red Devils tried to equalize until the end, but it was Liverpool who hit the decisive blow, specifically Mohamed Salah. The Reds were better and more determined. Until the end of the season, last season’s champions will play against West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and finally Crystal Palace. Klopp’s players are now four points behind Chelsea, fourth, by one game less.
A colorless clash at Villa Park
In the previous game on Thursday, Aston Villa tied 0-0 with Everton. The two teams were catching up in Round 19. It was recently speculated that the facility in Birmingham could host the final of this edition of the UEFA Champions League. It is a pity that both teams did not play on Thursday at a similar level to this elite competition. If anyone sharpened their teeth for this match, they must have been disappointed after the final whistle. If someone has survived at all up to this point. Dean Smith’s players, meaning the hosts, came to rest with just one shot on target from Jordan Pickford.
In any case, Carlo Ancelotti’s squad wasn’t much better in that regard. The Toffees tried to test Emiliano Martinez’s alertness twice, but it’s hard to say that the guests were playing the match, on the contrary. It was The Villans who had a visual advantage and were the ones who managed the match. They kept the ball more often, exchanged more passes and kicked the ball more often. The second part of the game was slightly better, at least in terms of accuracy of shots. Everton will play three more matches (against Sheffield United, Wolverhampton and Manchester City) this season, but with such a match it is absurd for this team to take a place that guarantees the start of the European Cups.
Manchester United-Liverpool 2: 4 (1: 2)
Objectives: Fernandez (10.), Rashford (68.) – Jota (34.), Firmino (45 + 3., 46.), Salah (90.)
Aston Villa-Everton 0: 0 (0: 0)