Prior to Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday, much of the talk was dominated by how Manchester United would go about stopping the Reds’ lightening fast front three and, in particular, Mo Salah.
Nobody at United has been able to truly nail down the left-back slot, with converted winger Ashley Young filling the berth in recent games but by no means a long-term option. His performances in recent weeks had been patchy and that led many United fans to believe that Luke Shaw should have got the nod to face the red-hot Salah, who has 56 caps for Egypt.
However, it was the former Aston Villa man who was tasked with keeping the Egyptian quiet and the numbers show that he certainly rose to the challenge. Salah really struggled on Saturday, there’s no doubt about that.
He only had one shot on goal – a stoppage-time volley that sailed well over the bar – no shots on target and no dribbles. On top of that, he was dispossessed seven times as he couldn’t find any space in which to operate and also had four unsuccessful touches. A rather abysmal return for the Premier League’s top scorer.
And Salah’s individual display only summed up Liverpool’s afternoon at Old Trafford – a frustrating affair in which United’s resilient defensive shape stopped them from hitting anywhere close to the level of attacking form we’ve come to expect from them this season.