Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have learned some interesting lessons whilst watching Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. The two Premier League title rivals played out an exciting 2-2 draw, weeks before United host both at Old Trafford.
After a first-half dominated by Man City, Liverpool took the lead on the hour-mark after excellent work by Mohamed Salah down the right sent Sadio Mane through to fire past Ederson.
Phil Foden provided a fine finish of his own to equalise in the 69th minute before more Salah brilliance restored the hosts’ lead seven minutes later.
Kevin De Bruyne ensured Man City had the last laugh, drawing the visitors level again with nine minutes left to secure an important point for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Express Sport looks at the four key lessons Solskjaer should’ve taken from the high-quality battle at Anfield this weekend.
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Man City’s failure to sign a striker haunted them in the opening hour as the visitors couldn’t make use of their early dominance.
Guardiola didn’t have a focal point in attack, especially against such big, commanding defenders in Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Grealish was central but struggled to take a foothold of the game with Van Dijk, Matip and Fabinho surrounding him.
Solskjaer must start Cristiano Ronaldo against Liverpool, and it could even be worth pairing him with someone.
Having Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood in the middle with Ronaldo would make it harder for Liverpool’s central defenders to mark the latter out of the game.
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