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Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Reds head to enemy territory without a win in three games in all competitions to start the year, but they sit five points ahead of their rivals in fourth place.

There is a margin to be made up as far as the hosts are concerned, then, but a six-game winning run in the league - and nine overall - has them back in the mix and now right on their opponents' tails.

Follow all of the action as it unfolds in the 50th Premier League tussle between these sides with our extensive updates below.


MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Herrera, Martial, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Romero, Blind, Smalling, Fellaini, Mata, Rashford, Rooney

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Origi
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Karius, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Coutinho, Sturridge

That concludes Nigerianeye's live text coverage of events at Old Trafford. An on-the-whistle report can be found by clicking here, while reaction aplenty will follow elsewhere on the site over the next hour or so. Thanks for joining!


90+3 min CHANCE! Wijnaldum with his second chance of the half - this one even more presentable than the first. The ball is helped across to the Dutchman who has a clean shot on goal, but he sent a tame attempt right down the middle.

90+1 min Klopp and Mourinho now exchanging a few words with a tense finale upon us. Three minutes of added time remaining and you would not bet against one of these sides finding a dramatic winner. United the more likely to do so on the basis of the last five minutes.

89 min YELLOW CARD! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is the hosts who are looking the more likely to win this game late on. Herrera and Firmino have a little coming together and are both shown a yellow card by referee Michael Oliver. Four minutes of added time to come.

87 min All to play for in these remaining few minutes of normal time, then, with the momentum now very much with United. Liverpool have focused largely on defending in this second period but have still showed the occasional glimpse that they have another goal in them.

85 min Who else?! Rooney chips the ball back into the box and it is flicked on to the post by Fellaini. It is Valencia who is on the rebound quickest and he picks out Ibrahimovic, who nods the ball over Mignolet for his 10th goal in 10 outings.


82 min The Reds doing their best to ensure United cannot build up any momentum, as Can keeps hold of the ball down the right and then attempts an audacious cutback which is easily dealt with. Rooney volleys Mata's knockdown on target but the offside flag was quickly up.

80 min Things not looking good for United in terms of maintaining their winning run, and I am sure home fans will happily take a draw right about now. Still an incredibly open game, but the Red Devils have not created anything since that big Mkhitaryan chance more than 20 minutes ago.

78 min MANCHESTER UNITED SUB! A big call made by Mourinho, who brings on Fellaini for full-back Darmian. He was reluctant to take off Mkhitaryan, so the Armenian will slot in at the back for the remaining 12 minutes or so of the match.

76 min CHANCE! Not the easiest of chances for Wijnaldum, but a chance nonetheless. Some sloppy play from Pogba is ponced on by Liverpool, who counter down the right and swing the ball in for the Dutchman to head over the bar from 10 yards out.

74 min The home side have struggled for momentum pretty much since Klopp brought on Coutinho for Origi - clearly an inspired change for the visitors. Mourinho is ready to make his final alteration of the match, as Fellaini begins to strip down.

72 min A short stoppage in play for Milner to receive some treatment following a challenge from compatriot Rooney. It is Liverpool who are currently in possession, looking to see out the final quarter of this match to move back within five points of Chelsea.

70 min Cannot take your eyes off this second half. It has been end-to-end pretty much from the restart, with United creating the better chances but Liverpool also looking as though they have another goal in them. Klopp still has two changes available to him, while Mourinho has just the one.

68 min An attempt from Lallana has to be stopped by De Gea. Liverpool have done so much defending in this second half yet it is they who have been on top for the best part of five minutes now. Fast approaching the final 20 minutes at Old Trafford.

66 min MANCHESTER UNITED SUB! Mata was ready to come at the same time as Origi about five minutes ago, but the ball has only just gone out of play! The Spaniard is on for Martial, as Rooney drags a shot wide from range.

64 min SAVE! Well from nowhere Liverpool should have had a second. Coutinho makes an instant impact, picking out Firmino who was thwarted by De Gea - near enough the first save the Spaniard has had to make. Mata is about to be brought on.

62 min LIVERPOOL SUB! Philippe Coutinho makes his return to Premier League action after missing his side's last seven games. Divock Origi is the man to make way, with Liverpool at risk of seeing their lead slip away at the moment.

60 minUnited's turn to press their opponent high up the pitch now, which works well as the ball is quickly won. No way through at the moment, but the hosts have already created three clear-cut chances in this match, two of which fell the way of Mkhitaryan.

58 minRooney with a shot-cross towards the front post, which Mignolet does well to get behind. Not quite sure how the Red Devils are not level in this one, as they pile up the attempts but fail to find a way through with that final shot.

56 minCHANCE! A glorious chance for the home side - their best of the match. Martial wins the ball for his side and plays it to Ibrahimovic, who in turn plays Mkhitaryan through on goal once again. The Armenian saw the angle closed down and looked to square it to Martial, but the ball simply went straight through the box without a touch.

54 minAll very frantic at the moment with neither side able to really keep their foot on the ball. Ten minutes of the second half now elapsed and the Red Devils no closer to drawing level, so perhaps Mourinho may be tempted into making another change.

52 minRooney's first taste of the match is to fizz the ball right through the box. A good pass, but none of his teammates were around to get on the end of it. A free kick is then won for Mkhitaryan to float in, which Liverpool do well to defend.

50 minSHOT! Not far wide at all from Origi, as he cuts in from the left and sends a shot towards the far corner. It took a wicked deflection off Jones right in front of goal, which helped De Gea as it ended narrowly past the post.

48 minIt will be interesting to see what tactics Klopp adopts in this second half, with his side protecting a one-goal lead. The hosts are clearly going to go all out, particularly after bringing on another attacker in place of Michael Carrick.

46 minRESTART! We are back under way at Old Trafford, where there is news of a half-time change to bring you. Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is on in place of Michael Carrick, while Liverpool remain unchanged at this point.

Referee Michael Oliver blows for half time, bringing a close to an entertaining opening 45 minutes on the whole at Old Trafford. It took a while for the first opportunity to arise, and we saw just three shots on target in all, but it was still gripping enough and very much all to play for in the second half.


45 min Mourinho has already made his way down the tunnel and into the dressing room earlier, so he is clearly not expecting a late twist in this first half. Just the one minute of added time to come, with United still seeking a leveller.

43 min The hosts have played some really nice football in these opening 43 minutes, and they are also now starting to create openings. That Mkhitaryan chance was the best of the lot, coming after timing his run perfectly to remain onside, only for Mignolet to match his shot.

41 min SAVE! Another top save from Mignolet, who this time denies Mkhitaryan after he was played clean through. The angle was slightly against the Armenian but you would still have backed him to get the better of the Liverpool stopper.

39 min United playing some really good football at the moment from back to front, though Liverpool are getting the ball forward more quickly and causing some panic at the back. Lallana's curler is blocked before De Gea needed to react.

37 min The Red Devils have been well on top since falling behind to that Milner penalty. Still just that one Ibrahimovic free kick on target so far, however, so they must create a little more if they are to peg their opponents back in the remaining time.

35 min Milner has now converted each of his last 10 penalties in the Premier League, incidentally, with his latest one giving Liverpool a slender lead at Old Trafford. It has been an entertaining half on the whole; one that is now just 10 minutes from ending.

33 min SAVE! Huge save from Mignolet! United win a free kick 20 yards from goal, which Ibrahimovic opts to drive on target. The ball finds its way through the wall but Mignolet read it brilliantly and was down to his right to palm it aside.

31 min YELLOW CARD! Dejan Lovren lunges in on Martial but, crucially, wins the ball first. Only the one foot off the ground so no risk of a red card, but he did see yellow for what I can only assume was for dissent towards the man in the middle.

29 min Milner keeps his cool, as he so often does from the penalty spot, and tucks it past David de Gea. Liverpool lead at Old Trafford, and that was all down to some poor play from Pogba; the Frenchman forgetting how to defend and simply handling the ball.


27 min PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! A real let-off for United initially as, when put under some pressure by Firmino, Jones loses possession of the ball and Lallana is so nearly in on goal if not for Rojo's interception. From the corner the ball comes in and Pogba handles it when jumping up high - penalty to the visitors.

26 min Alexander-Arnold with space inside the box following a sweeping pass from Can, but his shot is blocked aside by Martial. All of a sudden it is the visitors who are looking the more likely to score thanks to a couple of positive attacks.

25 min SHOT! Real panic at the back for the hosts, as a free kick into the box is met by the head of Lovren. It finds its way to Origi, who scuffs his attempt and sees the ball trickle through to David de Gea - a shot on goal, technically - Liverpool's first.

23 min Liverpool looked assured on the ball in the opening six or seven minutes but, that aside, it has been the hosts who have looked the brighter of the two. That Pogba chance was by far and away the best - and only, really - chance we have seen.

21 min CLOSE! Well moments after that near-miss from Ibrahimovic, United completely carved their opponents open. Mkhitaryan played the ball through for Pogba, who simply got his contact all wrong when put under some pressure and scuffed it wide.

19 min CLOSE! Not exactly a chance, but a short back-pass from Lovren is pounced on by Ibrahimovic. Mignolet put his boot through it and saw the deflection end on the roof of his net. Closest either side has come to a breakthrough so far.

17 min Still very little to report in terms of chances at Old Trafford. United certainly far more attacking than they were a few months back at Anfield, as expected, but they have been unable to get in behind the Liverpool backline so far.

15 min United finding their attacking groove now, as Martial this time lofts a ball towards the back-post area. Ibrahimovic got there a tad too late, though, and was unable to bring the ball under control before it drifted out of play.

13 min Most exciting moment of the match yet, as Alexander-Arnold is caught out down the left-hand side. Darmian is through and eventually picks out Martial, who goes down inside the box under a challenge. No penalty, according to ref Michael Oliver.

11 min United very unsettled by Liverpool's pressing at the moment, with Pogba the latest to play a pass to nobody in particular. I have no idea what hairstyle the Frenchman is going for this afternoon, incidentally, but the yellow tinge matches the Reds' striking away strip.

9 min You'll Never Walk Alone gets its first airing at Old Trafford, soon being drowned out by United fans' own spin on the terrace anthem. Liverpool still looking the more settled in the match, as we await our first real attacking move of any note.

7 min United have not been given a chance to get at Alexander-Arnold so far - the young full-back taking the place of the injured Nathaniel Clyne today, who bruised his ribs in training during the week. Milner on the other flank, but he has looked very assured since switching to a deeper role.

5 min It has been a good, composed start from Liverpool in these opening five minutes or so. They have got their boot on the ball and are pressing their opponents high up the pitch when possession is lost. United just struggling to settle at the moment.

3 min Plenty of individual battles to keep an eye on this afternoon, particularly in midfield where it is essentially going to be five-against-five at times, with Origi and Ibrahimovic likely to remain the most advanced for their sides.

1 min KICKOFF! We have just had a minute's silence for the late and great Graham Taylor - impeccably observed by both sets of supporters - and it is now time for the headline act of this Premier League weekend. Fingers crossed for a few goals!

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