Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to the rescue for Manchester United with an equalizing header as the Red Devils drew 1-1 against bitter-rivals Liverpool in their Premier League encounter at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba inexplicably handed Liverpool the lead after conceding a penalty. The French international, who was marking Dejan Lovren, resorted to handling the ball in a clearance effort.
James Milner converted the ensuing penalty, while his teammate and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet protected Liverpool’s with outstanding saves, including a brilliant reflex save from a powerful Ibrahimovic free-kick and coming out from his line to make a one-handed block from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
But with seven minutes left to play, Marouane Fellaini’s header against the Liverpool posts prompted a scramble for the ball, which culminated in Ibrahimovic giving United the equalizer they deserved as he heads home off the bar.
The Swede, however was hardly pleased with the result.
“We did simple mistakes. We were not feeling comfortable under the pressure of the opponent and I think we played the wrong way.” he said after the match. “If we would have played like we did in the second half in the first half it would have been a different game.”
The draw would keep United’s unbeaten streak in the Premier League running up to 12 games, but halts their nine-game winning streak in all competitions.
Still, the result is even more damaging for Liverpool – as the Merseyside team continued their winless run in the beginning of a calendar year to four matches – for the first time since 1993.
It also denied them the chance to rise above Tottenham, who overtook them to second place in the Premier League table with a strong 4-0 victory against West Brom, while league leaders Chelsea widened the gap on top of the table to seven points.