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    Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United Match Report


    Manchester United left Anfield with their unbeaten record still intact after holding their hosts to an underwhelming goalless draw in an encounter that failed to live up to the pre-match expectations.

    It became clear from the outset that the away side's primary objective was to avoid defeat, which they successfully managed to achieve courtesy of an outstanding save from David De Gea and referee Martin Atkinson’s failure to award the hosts a penalty.

    While Liverpool were the more adventurous team throughout the match, they lacked the cutting edge that was so prevalent in their performances early in the season and only severely tested De Gea on one occasion.
     
    The Spanish stopper was forced into making an outstanding first-half save with his feet to deny Emre Can from eight yards out, with Mo Salah dragging the rebound a yard wide of the left-hand post.
     
    A 20-yard strike from Georginio Wijnaldum had already called De Gea into action in the opening 15 minutes as one of Liverpool's five efforts on target throughout the match, albeit the Spanish number was not stretched to the limit on that occasion.
     
    Despite soaking-up waves of pressure for much of the first-half, the visitors twice went close to breaking the deadlock courtesy of Joel Matip's long-range strike and an excellent save by Simon Mignolet to deny Romelu Lukaku.
     
    Matip's left-footed effort only evaded Mignolet's crossbar by a matter of inches, while Lukaku's give-and-go with Anthony Martial created a chance for the Belgian which was directed too close to his international team-mate in the Liverpool goal.
     
    Lukaku, who escaped a booking after 36 minutes for a robust challenge of Joe Gomez, was perhaps fortunate to be still on the pitch at half-time after his foot appeared to make contact with Dejan Lovren's face shortly before the interval.
     
    Chances became even fewer and further between in the second-half, with Liverpool once again on the front-foot but still unable to penetrate a well-drilled Manchester United defence which looked unruffled for most of the match.
     
    Emre Can wasted Liverpool's best opportunity of the half when he was picked-out by Joe Gomez's lofted pass but was subsequently unable to direct his effort on target from only six yards out.
     
    The Reds were also unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Philippe Coutinho was felled by a clumsy challenge from Ander Herrera, a yard inside the United penalty area, but the incident sparked no appeals from the Liverpool players.

    Jurgen Klopp's side tried in vain to find a winner in the closing stages as Roberto Firmino's lofted cross to the back-post narrowly evaded a stretching Salah, while Joel Matip headed over from substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross with the final touch of the match.
     
    The failure to secure all three points means Liverpool drop a place to eighth ahead of Tuesday's trip to Maribor in the Champions League, with in-form Tottenham awaiting The Reds at Wembley in the Premier League on Sunday.
     
    Manchester United, meanwhile, remain in second-place behind neighbours City after the leaders thumped Stoke 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium to open up a two-point lead in the early-season title race.

    Next up for United is an away trip to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday before the club return to Premier League action three days later to face newly-promoted Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
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