Liverpool vs Manchester United: Player ratings

Liverpool vs Manchester United are seldom the most free-flowing of games and, although Liverpool tried to get up a head of steam in this fiercely contested NW derby, Manchester United set out to contain their opponents and were sturdy in defence.

Here is TFF’s take on the individual performances (out of 10). Let us know your thoughts.

Liverpool

Karius

Oh dear. Had Manchester United been more ambitious they could haver forced the youngster into fatal errors. He looked very nervy and didn’t engender confidence. 4

Clyne

Perhaps not quite the player that we thought he would become when he signed from Southampton but he’s quick and industrious. 6

Matip

Looks as if he can become a steady influence at the back for Liverpool. 7

Lovren

Has settled well after early wobbles at Anfield. 7

Milner

What a player he has become for Liverpool. Solid at the back and threatening going forward. 8

Can

Looked a little rusty but didn’t do his reputation any harm. 6

Henderson

Coming into his pomp. Played with great maturity. 7

Coutinho

Not his best game but still the most dangerous attacking player on the park before Lallana quickened proceedings. 6

Mané

He never quite clicked but his pace is ever frightening. 6

Sturridge

No service in his hour on the park, but didn’t create anything for himself either. 5

Firmino

Busy as ever but TFF couldn’t help thinking that he is better employed through the middle, constantly on the half-turn. 6

Manchester United

De Gea

Was increasingly busy after a quiet first half and made two exceptional saves when called upon in the second half.8

Valencia

Industrious as ever but perhaps lacks finesse with his final ball. 6

Bailly

What a find. He looks so much older than 22 and had no problems with the pressure cooker environment of Anfield. 8

Smalling

Strong under pressure. 8

Blind

Largely solid at left back but one slip in the second half could have been fatal. 6

Herrera

Excellent in midfield. Industrious and technically good. 8

Young

Worked very hard but essentially played in defence. Did nothing going forward. 6

Fellaini

Fellaini was Fellaini. 6

Rashford

Underperformed. Not much service but spurned the chances he did have with the ball. 5

Pogba

Superb cross for Zlatan in the second half and worked hard. But didn’t justify the fee. 5

Ibrahimovic

Poor finishing. 6

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