Liverpool 3 – Manchester United 1
The truth is that Man United were rather lucky to even score once at Liverpool on Sunday.
After Liverpool blitzed Jose Mourinho’s men in the opening stages of the Premier League match, the Reds took the lead through Sadio Mane.
However an uncharacteristic mistake from Brazilian keeper Alisson gifted Jesse Lingard a leveller.
Liverpool brushed off that error in the second half to move back above Man City into first place.
Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench in the second half, and he proceeded to score twice in front of the Kop.
Gary Neville on Man United’s tactics vs Andy Robertson
One of the more bizarre sights during the Liverpool versus Man United game was the amount of space given to Reds left-back Andy Robertson.
Throughout the ninety minutes, Robertson was allowed the roam down the left-hand side without too much bother.
Robertson’s was Liverpool’s easy out-ball.
So why did Man United give him so much space and freedom?
In his podcast for Sky Sports after the game at Anfield, Neville pinned Man United’s failure to contain Robertson squarely on Jose Mourinho’s shoulders:
The first I thought it was because Jesse Lingard hadn’t quite gone with him. The second time I thought ‘what’s going on?’
The 52nd time, towards the end of the game, you’re thinking ‘what the hell is going on here’.
What Robertson gave Liverpool an easy out – they could move the whole team up the pitch. It was bemusing to see Man United neglect that side of the pitch.
I can only think… that Jesse Lingard must have been told to ignore him. But this is Anfield, you’re away from home. You’re an inferior team. It’s 1-1. Go back with him. It was a startling thing to see in the second half.
Listen to the Gary Neville podcast below.