90 + 2 minutes: United win another corner. De Gea is denied permission to accept it.
90 + 2 minutes: Each cross seems to dip on Van Dijk’s forehead. Head to coear again, the ball is kicked high in the middle of United, and De Gea runs from his goal to beat Salah.
90 + 1 minutes: There will be three minutes of interruption or more or less. United has the ball back and continues to press.
90 minutes: Liverpool break. Henderson runs but can’t get past Dalot and therefore has to really run and puff his cross.
89 minutes: United make a short turn for Mata. Lallana pushes the ball away from the Spaniard, who manages to convert the situation into a free kick, which leads to another corner. Pressure.
88 minutes: The home team counter. Alexander-Arnold triggers Salah against Wan-Bissaka, who is doing quite well. Salah finally throws a discreet cross to the far post, where no one is there to enter.
87 minutes: Shaw suffers from a cramp point, forcing United to take him away rather than Wan-Bissaka as Diogo Dalot approaches.
86 minutes: Liverpool’s post-substitute tactical rejig saw them move to 4-5-1, with Salah ahead.
84 minutes: There have been spells in this game in which United was on the verge of being submerged. If Salah had converted that possibility at the beginning of this half, it could have really happened. Instead here they are, still a single goal down and with six minutes to take advantage of an increasingly nervous Anfield.
82 minutes: Liverpool exhausted the last two substitutions, bringing Fabinho and Divock Origi and removing Firmino and Mane.
81 minutes: United wins a corner kick and is curled towards the nearby post where four of their players compete with a defender. It seemed to me that Maguire had been clear.
80 minutes: United keeps the ball in the Liverpool area for a while, until Mata plays a brace with Wan-Bissaka and launches into a nice-looking but inaccurate cross that rebounds on Alisson.
78 minutes: The excellent martial cross is as soon as too tall for Greenwood. United, however, is starting to smell an equalizer.
77 minutes: Alexander-Arnold heads for the impetuous Mane, who backs off to Firmino, but there is a little too much power on his touch and when the Brazilian has it under control and is facing the goal, there are too many defenders there for him to get a target shot.
74 minutes: United make a double substitution, bringing Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood and removing Williams and Pereira.
72 minutes: Salah turns past Shaw, who has both hands around the Egyptians’ waist as he tries to recover. Free kick and a reservation.
70 minutes: In the last 10 minutes or so, we’ve had a fairly uniform game, with both sides threatening.
67 minutes: Now a better shot from distance, this time from Fred. This time Alisson pushes her behind for a corner.
66 minutes: Liverpool remove Oxlade-Chamberlain, who seems extremely grumpy about this decision or his performance, and leads to Lallana.
63 minutes: Another possibility for Liverpool. They break from the edge of the area, Wijnaldum does well to beat Maguire in the central circle and frees Mane, but Lindelof does well to keep his run and force him to the left foot, and his final shot is weak and off target.
61 minutes: How Liverpool’s goal survived the past five minutes I don’t know. These two occasions, for Fred and Martial, have changed the flow of the game a bit, strengthening United’s confidence and weakening Liverpool.
59 minutes: Miss impossible! Martial plays a brace with Pereira, pulls the ball down and lets the ball hit the goal for about 12 yards, but flies over the bar!
57 minutes: An opportunity for an equalizer! Fred intercepts Alexander-Arnold’s poor long ball on the half-way line and runs without any kind of challenge in the Liverpool penalty area, where he shoots widely at the near post. “As frustrating as the whole situation around the first unauthorized goal is, I take a few small crumbs of satisfaction at the fact that De Gea has picked up an insanely useless yellow card,” writes Matt Dony. “His protests had no effect on the final result. He shouted in the face of a man, then the decision made its way anyway. Also, my dad played on goal in the “good old days”. He fondly remembers the moments when, faced with a pair of 14 stone attackers who loaded him, he had no choice but to throw the ball over the crossbar and give it a corner. The keepers today don’t know they were born. “
55 minutes: Firmino dances within the penalty area, humiliating a couple of defenders before shooting Wan-Bissaka’s ass.
52 minutes: The Alexander-Arnold cross hits Shaw’s hand, but no dice from the officers (it was, to be honest, it thundered in him from no distance). Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low shot is easily saved by De Gea.
52 minutes: Lindelof comes down clutching his groin, but continues to play. Wan-Bissaka seems unable to run and is injured, deceived or lazy.
51 minutes: How United’s goal survived the past five minutes I don’t know.
49 minutes: Henderson’s left footed shot from the edge of the area hits a post! De Gea has understood correctly, an excellent rescue.
48 minutes: Miss impossible! Robertson overtakes Wan-Bissaka on the left and crosses, Shaw stumbles on his own feet and Salah, with the target at the mercy of his six-yard line, hits him in his left foot from his right and widens! A comedy of mistakes.
47 minutes: Henderson has the first shot of the second half, from about 25 yards after Salah gave up trying to create a shooting chance for himself and fired him, but is deflected safely.
Of the three Sky studio guests, Patrice Evra says Van Dijk has committed a foul on De Gea, and both Graeme Souness and Roy Keane are furious about it. Souness’s argument is that it is impossible for an outfield player to challenge a goalkeeper more evenly than Van Dijk, and therefore if this is a foul then it is impossible to challenge the goalkeepers, but the goalkeepers should be challengeable, and therefore not a foul. . It has some merit, I think. Goalkeepers also think it wasn’t a foul:
The debate is over Liverpool’s first not allowed goal continues. “I was a goalkeeper in football and ice hockey and a catcher in baseball,” writes Hubert O’Hearn. “I will clearly tell you that we are too protected. Contact before the ball arrives? This is a foul. If we fall, fumble or bumble? It is not a foul! The keepers are or should be made of severe material. Do not treat the brothers of the nets like porcelain dolls. Now bring me a whiskey in a dirty glass. “
Range: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United
45 + 3 minutes: That’s all for now. Liverpool took the lead before they started playing and have not been able to extend it ever since, although they have come close enough.
45 + 1 minutes: In the stop time, which will take another couple of minutes. Wijnaldum passes to Mane within the area, but his first touch takes him away from the goal and again the defenders approach the challenge.
45 minutes: Opportunity! United’s defense falls apart like so much wet toilet paper. Salah passes to Mane, which is found in all sorts of spaces. It’s not a great pass, it forces Mane to stop his run and gives Lindelof the chance to recover, but he still pushes him in front of him and launches a shot on goal from just inside the area. De Gea saves with his right boot.
43 minutes: Robertson throws the ball out of bounds, and with Salah lurking behind him Shaw lifts his right foot, gently turns over his shoulder, turns and walks away. One for the showreel there.
41 minutes: United odds! Martial curls an excellent cross with Wan-Bissaka, who flies halfway to Pereira, who only needs to touch him in the far post but cannot reach him! “The reaction of United players to what seemed like a perfectly legitimate van Dijk challenge was an unwelcome reminder of Roy Keane’s days,” smokes Tony Wawryk. “The players yelling in the referee’s face, pointing, manipulating the man – have lost their heads. Half the team should have been booked and de Gea expelled. Shocking behavior.”
40 minutes: A moment of promise for United while Pereira runs in the area, but for some reason James comes forward to face him.
37 minutes: This is your traditional high-level English fare, hurried, wild and full of mistakes. Wijnaldum is playing excellently, having been practically immune so far.
36 minutes: Liverpool have the ball back on the net, but this time the linesman has a flag raised! It’s a fabulous filtering pass from Oxlade-Chamberlain to Wijnaldum, which pushes him past De Gea, but he was six inches offside.
34 minutes: United are experimenting with different methods of losing the ball on the edge of their area.
31 minutes: Van Dijk looked over his shoulder to check De Gea’s position before jumping. Maybe without that the target would have been up. Certainly he didn’t have many contacts with De Gea.
28 minutes: After a promising start, United staggers like Weebles. Firmino tries to play with Salah, but is almost intercepted.
NO OBJECTIVE! Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United again
Gary Neville is furious about this, insisting that Van Dijk’s challenge was fair. Both players jumped, the Dutchman got up high enough to stop De Gea’s capture. The ball rolled to the left, was played on Firmino, whose curling ending was fabulous. Apparently the VAR decided that Van Dijk made no attempt to play the ball, but would have landed on his head if De Gea hadn’t caught up with him to slam it anywhere.
OBJECTIVE! Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United (Firmino, 25 minutes)
United are furious! They think Van Dijk fouled De Gea in the buildup, and VAR will take a look.
24 minutes: Opportunity! Firmino’s passage deviates from Fred to Mane, inside the area, which tries to give a touch, takes a bad one and gives Shaw the possibility to clear out.
22 minutes: A great sliding challenge by Wan-Bissaka on Robertson, but Liverpool have another corner. Williams finds himself dealing with Van Dijk, but this time he clearly heads for the top spot.
20 minutes: Andreas Pereira goes down, for no obvious reason. The physique quickly persuades him to get up.
19 minutes: “You posted 5 minutes later that Matip switched to James. Difficult to do when he’s on the bench for the other team, “writes Joe Pearson. Ah, old wife Matic-Matip. I’ve changed it now.