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United can win league reckons Rooney

Liverpool had 65% possession throughout the 90 minutes and looked the more positive of the two sides, with United only managing one shot on target, and the Reds also limited their great rivals to just one corner.

“I think it was a fair result”.

“Of course he has to improve and he can improve but with the start I feel quite comfortable, I think it’s good”. In my day, we’d have Alan Hansen bringing the ball out and he’d sometimes get as far as the opposing back four.

Can came in for Adam Lallana, arguably Liverpool’s best player this season who was only deemed fit enough for the bench after a groin problem sustained just before the worldwide break.

Liverpool now sit fourth in the Premier League table after eight games, having only been beaten once so far this campaign and enjoying eye-catching victories over Arsenal, Chelsea and champions Leicester City. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation.

“It’s the next challenge for us and in the situation with all the things around with everyone saying “we are so fantastic and they are not so good”, he said”. I respect that. We need to be angry but at the same time patient.

United had good chances of their own with Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again firing a bank, but they would have been extremely satisfied with leaving Merseyside with a point given Liverpool’s ferocity.

The centre-back felt “pretty comfortable” until the closing stages, with David de Gea required to produce two exceptional stops to secure a point, making up for the mistake that gifted Stoke a draw at Old Trafford. And if the other team beat you, they make a big thing about it.

“You want to write what you saw”. Hopefully by then we will have seen off Ludogorets, Middlesborough, Reading, Sunderland and Tottenham.

“The kind of defence is hard to play”.

The Belgium worldwide tweeted a number of videos of him doing weights in the gym at Melwood with the caption: “Some say bench warming, I say bench pressing!”. We wanted more. For long periods in the game we thought that could be possible but we didn’t score and, if you don’t score, you don’t win.

The Reds should expect to win each of these games, particularly given their return to a routine of home-and-away variation, and at the very least they should aim to mirror their points tally from their opening eight outings.

“They don’t want to come here and make it easy for us”.