Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted his side were outplayed by Liverpool in Saturday lunchtime’s game at Anfield.
De Gea was in world-class form against Liverpool and kept Man United in the game at 0-0 after a remarkable save, one of the best of the season, to deny Joel Matip in the first half.
However, his teammates were entirely focused upon keeping Liverpool at bay rather than showing the attacking quality demonstrated so far this season at Old Trafford.
“Well, we always try to win the games,” De Gea told Sky Sports after the match.
“But today, I think Liverpool played better than us. But one point, it’s a point away from home, so we’re happy.”
Many will claim United went to Anfield looking for a point. It’s more likely that manager Jose Mourinho focused his side on not conceding rather than not losing, hoping then to score a goal on the counter-attack late on.
Mourinho will have come intending to take three points from Jurgen Klopp’s side, but De Gea’s attitude of ‘we’re happy’ after a point is unsurprising.
De Gea has played at Anfield as Liverpool have swept United away, and under Mourinho has now kept two cleansheets and got two points.
Even under Sir Alex Ferguson, United often failed significantly at Anfield. Given the quality United have shown this season against lesser sides, it’s a decent result, but certainly not a good one. What is for sure, though, is that United’s players will be happier than their Liverpool counterparts.