Manchester United retain EPL leadership after Liverpool stalemate

Manchester United retain EPL leadership after Liverpool stalemate

Manchester United held on to top spot in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) after a 0-0 draw at champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Alisson made two good saves for Liverpool while Thiago and Roberto Firmino went close for the hosts; as Manchester United remained top, two points clear of Leicester and three ahead of Liverpool.

However, neighbours Manchester City took advantage and went second after a 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace in Sunday’s late match. Tottenham Hotspur are fourth after a 3-1 win at bottom side Sheffield United.

Victory for Liverpool would have taken them back to the top.

With Joel Matip not fit to return, Juergen Klopp played midfielder Jordan Henderson in the centre of defence. He and Fabinho kept Marcus Rashford largely at bay. Firmino had a couple of half chances as Liverpool were the better side in the opening 45 minutes.

However, the second half was more open and Alisson saved well from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba late on.

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Manchester United would have continued its impressive away form, if it had converted any of the late chances. At the other end, Liverpool failed to score for the third game in a row.

Earlier, Tottenham moved back into the top four, thanks to a comfortable win. Serge Aurier, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele with a stunning third goal, secured victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, after David McGoldrick had given Sheffield United hope.

Sheffield United remain bottom with just five points from 19 games; 11 points from safety at the halfway point in the season.

“Fantastic performance from everyone today —— started really well; aggressive with our press and were clinical to go 2-0 up,” Tottenham striker, Kane said.

“Even in the second half, when they scored, we didn’t panic. Tanguy scored a fantastic goal and we saw the game out well, which we haven’t done in the past few weeks.”

Ndombele’s goal was the pick of the four; flicking the ball over the goalkeeper with the outside of his foot from the corner of the penalty area.

“Tanguy’s goal was incredible. The technique he had to flick that ball back over the goalkeeper was truly special. There were a couple of chances I could have done better with, the most important thing is winning games.”

 

 

Source: Reuters

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