Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Match report Liverpool v Manchester United 16 December 2018

Match report Liverpool v Manchester United 16 December 2018

After today's draw, it seems his task is no easier than trying to make up the huge deficit to the leading teams in the Premier League. The omens, for what they're worth, are good. Liverpool weren't much better, losing all three away games and this could come to trip them up in the knockout stages.

"If I looked at all the evidence..."

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has criticised Paul Pogba, accusing the France global of letting his manager and the club down. City have been the best in Europe out of the English sides and stand in good stead to advance the furthest.

Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City to finish the weekend where they started, a point clear at the top.

The quality of the sides left in the UEFA Champions League meant that the draw for the Last 16 produced eight compelling match-ups, but one tie in particular captured the imagination of football fans on social media.

The France global was left on the bench for the entire match as United sunk to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development.

In sharp contrast, Manchester United's season is falling into all sorts of trouble, with the illustrious side being unable to string together consistent victories.

For me it's nice, going to Germany. Never before has he been so anonymous in a 90-minute performance in the Premier League.

An end to almost three decades of hurt could be in sight, though, as victory took Jurgen Klopp's men back to the top of the table, a point clear of City.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was Borussia Dortmund coach when they lost to Bayern in the 2013 Champions League final.

But as United attempted to score a second after the interval, it was Lingard who carried them forward with his runs in the middle third, causing problems for Liverpool's backline in the process.

He told the club's official website: "They're having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final previous year".

While observing how his side couldn't cope with Liverpool's intensity and physicality during their 3-1 loss at Anfield, Jose Mourinho compared Liverpool's defensive transitions with his Champions League-winning Porto sides.

Another added: 'Time for history to repeat itself. "Our team is very strong and we can be calm and confident".

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