Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table after a goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
United picked up a number of untimely knocks against Liverpool, but they battled bravely to secure a goalless draw.
In a first half of few chances United were forced to make all three substitutions including that of Jesse Lingard, who pulled up after being denied by Alisson.
Few chances where missed as Paul Pogba directed a header from Ashley Young’s cross straight at the Liverpool goalkeeper six minutes after the restart before Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip passed up chances from consecutive corners on 70 minutes.
It was a hard night for United as they picked up a number of untimely knocks but the supporters played their part as United overcame a glut of injuries to secure a battling point.
The result takes Liverpool on to 66 points, one more than defending champions Manchester City, and extends their Premier League unbeaten run to six matches.
Rashford was the first to take a knock inside the opening seconds, as he tangled with England international colleague Jordan Henderson.
Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It was the first tackle, Henderson went through his ankle like a balloon. But that was one of many fouls on him.
“He’s a warrior and he knows what this means. We had to keep him on because we’d already made three subs.
“We’ve lost a few with muscle injuries but we’ve got some good kids coming through.”
Scott McTominay says the Old Trafford atmosphere was the best he had ever experienced as an injury-hit Manchester United earned a goalless draw against title-chasing Liverpool.
McTominay praised the resilience of his teammates and highlighted the impact of the supporters, who created a rousing atmosphere inside Old Trafford. as he said
“Of course it’s never easy losing three players in the first half. It’s an absolute credit to the boys for handling a game of this magnitude so, so well,” said the midfielder, who himself only started because Nemanja Matic suffered a muscle injury in training.
“As soon as the boss asks you to be ready you have to be ready. You want to play for the boys and hopefully I did that as well as I could today.
“Last year was a great experience to win that game [2-1 vs Liverpool], this year we fell short. It’s always frantic in the middle of the pitch. It was a bit of a disruptive match.
“It’s not easy [losing three players in the first half], never mind one player getting taken off in the first half. We’ve got boys on the bench, myself, Andreas [Perrera] and Fred who are dying to get minutes.
“The fans were immense today, I’ve never played in an atmosphere like that today.
“It’s United fans thick and thin. You’re a Manchester United player and they are that 12th man.”
Teammate Luke Shaw also praised the home fans for their backing and felt United could have taken all three points despite their injury setbacks.
“The crowd was unbelievable and as players we appreciate the support. Hopefully they continue that and next time we’ll give them a better result,” said the full-back.
“For me, I think it’s two points dropped. Of course, they are a brilliant team and we deserved to win today with the chances we created. We created much more than them. It’s a good point but we’re disappointed we didn’t get all three.”
Man Utd move to 52 points but drop out of the top four courtesy of Arsenal’s home victory over Southampton.
Manchester United play away to Crystal palace on 27 Feb, while Liverpool face Watford same day.
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