Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool was a rather strange game.
Injuries plagued the match, putting both teams out of their rhythm. Chances were few and far between as the visitors looked as though they were happy to settle for a point.
With several key members sat on the treatment table, including Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, there was going to be an opening for youngsters to get the chance to impress in a vital game.
Scott McTominay started while Andreas Pereira was an early substitute. To their credit, both played outstandingly – nullifying Liverpool’s talented midfield.
Following the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the pair, while comparing McTominay to a Red Devils icon…
“I learned a lot about the players: Scott McTominay was a ‘Darren Fletcher’ for us, absolutely fantastic.” Solskjaer said, per the Evening Standard.
“Andreas (Pereira) has had criticism lately but he’s had to come on and I thought he did fantastic so I learned a lot about the character of the team.
“I was very impressed by my team: the attitude, the character we showed in adversity because everything that could’ve gone wrong in the first half went wrong.”
When starting adversity in the face, it’s all about standing up to be counted. The whole squad did that yesterday and it was wonderful to see. Under Jose Mourinho, those players would have thrown in the towel, but the Baby Faced Assassin has rejuvenated that dressing room.
Heart, courage and determination was on display in abundance, and no doubt the noisy Old Trafford crowd helped roar the likes of Marcus Rashford home. It was just a shame we couldn’t score a late winner to snatch all three points, but in the end, I think both teams would have been happy with the one.
Going forward, these young lads have now earned the manager’s trust so don’t be surprised to see them more often. Spare a thought for Fred, by the way. Who knows what’s going on with him…