Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed he was disappointed to see his side fail to ask more questions of a makeshift Liverpool defence in Sunday’s 0-0 draw.
His team sat back and gifted Liverpool the vast majority of both the possession and the shots, although it was United who had the far better chances. Both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could easily have scored, had it not been for some impressive goalkeeping from Alisson.
Alisson was the only regular at the heart of Liverpool‘s defence, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson deployed as centre-backs because of the team’s ongoing injury struggles, and Solskjaer felt as though his side should have done more to take advantage of that.
“I know we can play better, but we’re still coming away from here with a point which shows how far we’ve come in a year or even six months,” he said (via the club’s official website). “We didn’t impose ourselves on the game, especially in the first half.
“I think we grew into the game and towards the end you felt ‘yeah, it’s here for us to win’ and we created two massive chances and they were two brilliant saves by the keeper.
“I’ve got to be honest to say I’m a bit disappointed at the moment, but still you know you’re playing against a fantastic team and they had more of the possession. But still you want to go here and you know the injuries they’ve had lately, you think you go here and get a result. We didn’t, but a point might be okay if we win the next one.”
United struggled to keep hold of their possession and were wasteful with the ball, often mistiming passes to Marcus Rashford, whose total of five offside calls was the most of any player this season and the most of a United player since Robin van Persie’s six in January 2013.
“We can be more composed, we can have the ball more, we had to defend really often and I thought we gave the ball away too often,” Solskjaer continued.
“Maybe some moments we missed, when Marcus [Rashford] makes his runs in behind – maybe sometimes we don’t pass it every time he runs and sometimes we missed it when he should have had it. So a couple of things that we need to improve on.
“I wanted Marcus up top. Because of his pace. We just missed a few moments in both the first half and the second half to play that ball a little bit quicker or with a bit more quality. It was there that we could hurt them a bit because we knew about their problems at centre-back.”