A late header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued a point for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford. After a tight start to the game, hosts United came close to a freak opener when Dejan Lovren underhit a backpass and keeper Simon Mignolet’s clearance cannoned off Ibrahimovic and landed on top of the net.
Jose Mourinho’s side should have taken the lead moments later when Henrikh Mkhitaryan put Paul Pogba through on goal only for the midfielder to scuff his attempt wide of the far post. And Pogba was at the centre of the incident from which Liverpool took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark when his handball at a corner saw referee Michael Oliver point to the penalty spot. James Milner kept his cool to send the spot kick past David De Gea and give the visitors the advantage after 27 minutes.
Mignolet then made a superb save to prevent Ibrahimovic from equalising with a low, fiercely-struck free kick, and with five minutes remaining until the break United were close again when the Liverpool keeper repelled Mkhitaryan’s shot. Wayne Rooney came on for United at half-time, replacing Michael Carrick, but the visitors had the first chance of the second period when Divock Origi saw his curling attempt blocked.
Mkhitaryan fired in a low cross that Martial was just unable to turn in before De Gea denied Liverpool a second when he stood his ground to prevent Roberto Firmino rounding off a smart counter-attack after substitute Philippe Coutinho had created the chance. As time ticked into the last 15 minutes, Georginio Wijnaldum headed over from an Emre Can cross before Mourinho brought Marouane Fellaini on for Matteo Darmian.