Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool: Milner’s opener cancelled out by late equaliser

Premier League
Sunday 15 January 2017 - 4:00 pm
Old Trafford
Man Utd1
1Liverpool
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27'Milner ⚽️
31'Lovren
61'↔️ Origi off
61'Wijnaldum
⚽️ Ibrahimovic84'
Herrera91'
Possession %
5545
Total Shots
913
Shots on Target
34
Shots Blocked
17
Offside
42
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Man United and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw in an energetic match at Old Trafford.

It was the second draw of the Premier League season between the two clubs who drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier in the campaign.

James Milner converted from the spot in the first half before Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalised late in the second half.

Pre-Match and Liverpool released a statement about Joel Matip. He had been removed from the matchday squad after the reds failed to receive FIFA clearance about his eligibility to play.

The reds were unclear if Cameroon had given the go-ahead for the player to be involved in club football whilst the African Cup of Nations was on-going.

Nathaniel Clyne too was ruled out - giving Trent Alexander-Arnold a daunting clash at one of LFC's major opponents.

Liverpool welcomed back Jordan Henderson to the side - his first start of the year following his recent injury troubles.

The reds (playing in toxic thunder today) started brightly enough - with the likes of Paul Pogba not being allowed to settle on the ball.

Emre Can got the reds first chance away - his header blocked after two early corners from James Milner.

Just before the 20th minute a double chance for United - a poor backpass from Lovren allowed in Ibrahimovic but he couldn't capitalise.  Seconds later and Paul Pogba put a glorious chance wide.

Mignolet followed up Karius' impressive midweek display with an impressive goalkeeping show himself throughout the game.

In the 26th minute the reds had a corner - Milner sent it across the box and Paul Pogba jumped and saved the ball with his hands.  Penalty.  James Milner's next kick was from the spot and he smashed it past De Gea to put Liverpool ahead.

Man United went on to enjoy a better spell in the second half - Mkhitaryan should have done better when United capitalised on an Alexander-Arnold mistake.

Liverpool sent on Phil Coutinho as he continues to regain match fitness but he didn't have the impact the manager may have hoped for.

In the final 20 minutes, Mourinho sent on Fellaini and resorted to the long ball and with 6 minutes of normal time remaining they drew level.

It was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who saw his header hit the crossbar and bounce over the line to equalise.

The second half had been played at a hectic pace and the late equaliser intensified it - both sides in search of a winning goal.

And it could have fell to Liverpool who had a fine chance late on - sadly Wijnaldum drilled the shot straight at the keeper.

The reds move level with second place Spurs but are behind on goal difference and are now 7 points behind leaders Chelsea - who still have to come to Anfield at the end of the month.

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