In Sundays late kick-off, Manchester United left it late to snatch a draw against third placed Liverpool at Old Trafford. It took an 84th minute goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to earn them a point after Liverpool had taken the lead in the first half thanks to a James Milner penalty. With United boss Jose Mourhino deciding to start with Rooney and Mata on the bench, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp deciding to restore Simon Mignolet to the starting line-up in place of Wednesday’s semi-final 1st leg, hero Loris Karius.
However, it wasn’t long before the Belgium keeper showed why, as he used cat-like reflexes to stop a Ibrahimovic free kick, and his quick thinking allowed him to stop Mkhitaryan from finding the net.
Both these efforts were either side of Liverpool’s only goal, which came from the spot after Paul Pogba had stuck his hand up as he challenged Dejan Lovern in his own box. James Milner coolly stepped up and placed the ball past De Gea.
After leading 0-1 at the break, United continued to press for an equalizer, Martial went close and Rooney had a chance to make history with his 250th goal for the club, but his shot was easily dealt with. He later had another effort well-saved by Mignolet, but was unaware that he had been caught off-side. But Liverpool’s resistances finally broke and, after good work by substitute Fellaini and Vellencia, Ibrahimovic was on hand to net his 14th of the season and secure at least a point for his team.
These results now leave United in 6th, just two points behind rivals Manchester City, and Liverpool find themselves in third place, level on points with Tottenham, who have a superior goal difference.