Man U hold Liverpool

October 18, 2016
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (right) challenges for the ball with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia during the English Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, yesterday. The match ended 0-0.

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Manchester United blunted Liverpool's prolific attack as England's two most illustrious teams toughed out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League yesterday.

United manager Jose Mourinho's tactics of containment worked well at Anfield, with Liverpool failing to score in a home league game for the first time in exactly 10 months. United were the opponents then, too, but under Louis van Gaal.

When Liverpool's players did break free of United's fierce pressing, they found David de Gea in fine form, with the Spain goalkeeper producing excellent saves to deny Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho in the second half.

Liverpool started the league's eighth round of games with the joint-most goals of any team and had scored nine times in their two home matches so far. The hosts improved in the second half, especially after fit-again midfielder Adam Lallana came on as a substitute, but were never going to get the three-goal victory that would have put them top.

United stayed in seventh place, five points off the lead.

What is often regarded as the biggest fixture in English football failed to live up to its billing and much of that was down to Mourinho.

His United team has been accused of lacking intensity this season compared to their likely title rivals, but his players discovered their energy here, harassing Liverpool into mistakes in an error-strewn first half that featured no clear-cut chances. Holding midfielder Ander Herrera was particularly effective.

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