Zlatan may have a giant ego but he knows how to admit mistakes
Liverpool and Manchester United played out one of the dullest stalemates in living memory last night.
Some 0-0 draws can be hailed as tactical games of chess, but not this one: this was just an undeniably terrible game, as both teams’ fear of attacking cancelled the other out.
Chances were few and far between, as the ball spent most of the time in the air, or out of play due to the high number of fouls.
Coutinho had two brilliant chances saved by David De Gea, while the Spanish keeper also thwarted Emre Can from close range.
As for United, their only real chance came from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who completely miscued his header after latching onto Pogba’s cross.
Zlatan rues missed chance
Perhaps it’s a bit churlish to be critical of Zlatan for missing this; it’s not easy to take the one and only chance that comes your way in a game like that.
It was a tight angle, but even still, you would have expected a player of Zlatan’s quality – who has exceptional aeriel prowess, to have done much better.
And speaking to reporters afterwards, Zlatan admitted as much himself:
“It was difficult.
“I needed to chase the ball instead of attacking the ball, but still I should have put it at least on the target. But the next game, I will do better.”