AT HALF: More fouls than fun between Manchester United, Liverpool

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Chances were at a premium in the first half of Monday’s big Premier League tilt between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield, currently deadlocked at 0-0.

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Chippy fouls were the name of the game early, and there wasn’t a lot to entertain outside of the supporters’ din.

Manchester United limited room for Liverpool’s talented attackers to turn or move with the ball in the midfield, as Red Devils’ back occasionally darted into the middle third to stop a turn.

Through dogged work, the Reds were able to occasionally tempt the final third only to find United just as resolved inside their 18. It wasn’t quite parking the bus, but defense-first is certainly an appropriate description for Jose Mourinho’s tactics.

A late Philippe Coutinho free kick threatened to entertain, but was sailed into the hands of David De Gea.

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