An under-par Liverpool rescued a point from Manchester United with Adam Lallana’s late equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday in a game littered with more VAR drama.
Following a frantic opening lacking in clear-cut chances, the game exploded late in the first half with two crucial VAR calls.
First, Marcus Rashford gave United the lead from close range in the 36th minute as Liverpool’s cries for a foul on Divock Origi in the build-up were denied by VAR.
Then VAR correctly ruled out what would have been a Sadio Mane equaliser in the 44th minute for a handball.
Both decisions prompted wild celebrations from the home crowd, but Liverpool, who were looking for a record-equalling 18 straight Premier League wins, levelled late on through substitute Lallana’s back-post tap in.
The result moves United into 13th, seven points off the top four, while Liverpool see their lead at the top cut to six points following Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.