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Player ratings as the head-of-the-table clash ends scoreless

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Manchester United remained at the top of the Premier League table with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Sunday, in which the Reds dominated possession but their opponents had the best chances.

Liverpool had the best of the first half, registering 67% possession and shooting nine shots. However, it was United who came closest to opening the scoring with Bruno Fernandes’ whipped free kick a few inches from tucked away in the net.

It was a similar story after the break. Once again, Liverpool took much more advantage of the ball, while United would have the best chances. Fernandes was center stage again, pushing a straight cut to Alisson with 15 minutes left.

Soon after, Paul Pogba had the best chance of the game, but the Frenchman could only power a close effort straight to the Reds goalkeeper.

Here are your notes from United and Liverpool players from Anfield…

Anthony Martial, Fabinho
Fabinho excelled at center-back | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Alisson (GK) – 8/10 – He swept United balls well and handled every shot that came up. Two big stops in the last ten minutes were vital.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 5/10 – Nowhere is his best display. Seemed a bit unstable in his defense and his creative influence was minimal.

Fabinho (CB) – 8/10 – Class personified. He removed Fernandes balls with ease and made sure the United frontline was deprived of service.

Jordan Henderson (CB) – 8/10 – An impressive display, especially given his limited experience at the central rear.

Andy Robertson (LB) – 7/10 – Move forward frequently and take promising positions. Also strongly defended.

Liverpool won the midfield battle in the first half
Liverpool won the midfield battle in the first half | Pool / Getty Images

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 6/10 – Created intricate triangles on the edge of the box. Sometimes guilty of loose passes.

Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 7/10 – Ran the game in the first half, looking a cut above all the other players on the pitch. De Gea forced stop with a late long-range effort.

Xherdan Shaqiri (CM) – 6/10 – His inclusion raised eyebrows but he did well. Showed good industry at first but faded after break.

Mohamed Salah, Luke Shaw
Shaw had the best on Salah | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 5/10 – Waste before the break, losing possession six times. Also guilt of panicking when presented with a chance to score.

Roberto Firmino (ST) – 4/10 – Some bad hiccups in the first half. Doesn’t seem to click with Salah and Mane yet.

Sadio Mane (LW) – 5/10 – He had a quiet game, mainly thanks to strong marking from Wan-Bissaka. One shot.

Curtis Jones – 6/10 – Little influence after his arrival.

Divock Origi – 6/10 – As above.

James Milner – N / A

David De Gea
De Gea has rarely been called to action, despite Liverpool’s dominance | Michael Regan / Getty Images

David de Gea (GK) – 7/10 – Didn’t have to make too many backups. Did his job with minimal hassle when asked.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – 8/10 – Very well defended, limiting Mane’s influence. Recorded four tackles and well covered.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – 7/10 – His lack of rhythm was rarely exhibited. Makes an excellent interception in the box late.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 7/10 – A few shaky moments when he was isolated with Salah off. But for the most part, he did well.

Luke Shaw (LB) – 7/10 – Handles Salah’s threat quite comfortably. No offensive contribution but again, that was never going to be his role.

Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes almost converted a free kick from the start | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) – 5/10 – Chased the shadows in the first half as Liverpool’s quick combinations proved too much for him to handle.

Fred (CM) – 6/10 – Better than his midfielder partner. His clever trade led to the first chance of the game for United and he better limited Liverpool in the second half.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 7/10 – Get close to the score with a free kick in the first half. Perhaps he could have done more defensively in the first half.

Paul pogba
Pogba had the best chance of the game in the final minutes | Pool / Getty Images

Paul Pogba (RW) – 5/10 – Despite his recent return to form, he struggled. Forced his passes and often dribbled his way into a dead end. Rejected a great chance in the last few minutes.

Marcus Rashford (ST) – 4/10 – The timing of his races was horrible. Overall, he’s been taken offside five times. Decision making was also poor.

Anthony Martial (LW) – 5/10 – A frustrating afternoon. Barely involved before being replaced after an hour.

Edinson Cavani – 6/10 – Won a free kick in a danger zone a few minutes after coming into play.

Mason Greenwood – N / A

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