Manchester United held title-challengers Liverpool to a goalless draw yesterday. The Red Devils were plagued by injuries — making all three substitutions in the first half — but despite their on-field woes, they regrouped and were able to limit Liverpool to just a handful of chances.
With goals at a premium, Sportsmail took a look at the things you missed from Old Trafford. At one stage, it looked certain that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would roll back the years and throw himself on as a substitute.
The reason? Manchester United’s player were dropping like flies. First, Marcus Rashford started hobbling – then Ander Herrera went down, followed by Juan Mata.
Even substitute Jesse Lingard — who replaced Mata — followed them back down the tunnel.
Liverpool weren’t immune either, as Roberto Firmino suffered a nasty ankle roll. That meant four substitutions before half-time in total. The first time that has happened since February 2009.
Meanwhile, Arsenal beat Southampton 2-0 on an afternoon all eyes appeared to be on the title race, Arsenal slipped in on Manchester United’s blind side to creep back into the top four.
The question now is whether Arsenal can unlock the consistency to remain in those places amid the strain of Europa League football. Certainly, manager Unai Emery will have been pleased by this result and some of the more fluid periods of Arsenal’s performance.