Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool: Salah penalty salvages a point as Liverpool fail to move top

Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, after a late Mohamed Salah penalty was enough to salvage a share of the spoils. The result dents Liverpool’s hopes of lifting the Premier League trophy again, with Arsenal remaining at the helm of the table.

As it happened

Liverpool needed a win to move above Arsenal and reclaim the top spot in the Premier League, following the Gunners comprehensive win over Brighton on Saturday.

They looked on course to pick up all three points, dominating throughout the first half – but despite managing fifteen shots, they entered the interval with just a one-goal lead courtesy of Luis Díaz.

Klopp’s side would have been keen to extend their advantage as they emerged from the break, though it was a woeful error from Jarell Quansah that inexplicably afforded Manchester United a chance to restore parity; a chance that was pounced upon by Bruno Fernandes.

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And with just over twenty minutes left to play at Old Trafford, youngster Kobbie Mainoo netted his first goal at the Theatre of Dreams to put Erik ten Hag’s side on course for victory – and with a truly stunning curling effort.

But in truth, Liverpool had been the better side – and were able to clinch a late point through Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian dutifully converted from twelve yards out, after a late lunge from Aaron Wan-Bissaka on Harvey Elliott saw the visitors awarded a penalty.

Liverpool now sit behind Arsenal on goal difference, with Manchester City trailing the top two by a point.

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The lineups

MUN: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Kambwala, Dalot; Mainoo, Casemiro; Rashford, Fernandes, Garnacho; Højlund

LIV: Kelleher; Robertson, van Dijk, Quansah, Bradley; Mac Allister, Endo, Szoboszlai; Díaz, Núñez, Salah