Image: Sky Sports

Image: Sky Sports

Premier League giants and longtime rivals, Liverpool and Manchester United, on Monday night played a goalless draw at Anfield in a MatchDay 8 fixture.

Manchester United went into the match with a defensive strategy that is popular with Jose Mourinho while Liverpool continued its free flowing attacking football, which manager, Jurgen Kloop, often adopts.

United was able to shut out Liverpool’s attacking advances, but they couldn’t get the ball into Liverpool’s net. United had only six touches in Liverpool’s penalty area – three by Fellaini, two by Ibrahimovic and one by Pogba.

Despite United’s limited attacking threat, front man, Ibrahimovic felt he could have made the difference for United if he had converted Pogba’s sublime cross early in the second half.

Ibrahimovic believed if he had headed home the cross, the result would have been different as United would have gone on to defend the lead.

He told reporters after the match: “I was chasing the ball rather than attacking it. But I should at least have gotten it on target.

“I was there in the right position and that is the important thing. Next time I will do better.”

Ibrahimovic has another chance to redeem himself on Thursday when United face Fenerbahce in the Europa League.

Many United supports believe the result was bad largely because of the defensive strategy adopted by Mourinho. But Ibrahimovic thinks otherwise, “I think it was a good result,” he said.

With the win, United now sit seventh on the Premier League log with 14 points, one point behind sixth-placed Everton and two points behind fifth placed Chelsea who they play next, on Sunday.

Author: Yemi Olarinre