Player ratings: Liverpool v Manchester United


Liverpool – Manchester United player ratings were tough to figure out in a tight, tense clash at Anfield which ended even.

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Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool struggled to get going in attack but their makeshift defense held firm, while Man United were a little too hesitant to flood forward and were the happier team with a point as they remain top of the table.

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Let’s just say both defenses had a good outing in a typically feisty battle between these bitter rivals who are battling for the Premier League title this season.

Below you will find out Liverpool – Manchester United player ratings as I dish out marks out of 10 and analysis.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson: 8 – Didn’t have much to do other than be alert to rush off his line every time Man United were offside, then saved well late on to deny Fernandes and Pogba. Huge performance.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – Quiet game, again, as his form has taken a dip. Poor delivery too.

Fabinho: 9 – Brilliant display. Man of the match. Perfect positioning. Timed his tackles well and tracked Rashford all the way on multiple occasions. Could he be Liverpool’s best long-term center back alongside Virgil van Dijk?

Jordan Henderson: 7 – Solid enough outing out of position at center back. Played some nice balls forward, but still looks uncomfortable here. Liverpool miss him in midfield.

Andy Robertson: 6 – Had a few good chances early to cross and shoot, but got it wrong. Worked hard, as ever, up the flank.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6 – Reliable in central midfield but couldn’t surge forward on the ball.

Thiago Alcantara: 8 – Majestic on the ball and dictated the tempo of the game. Oozed class. Smashed a shot on goal which was well saved.

Xherdan Shaqiri: 7 – Really good showing given how few minutes he has had. Had a few decent shots and always lively in central midfield.

Mohamed Salah: 6 – Couldn’t find any space behind Luke Shaw. Subdued display. Snatched at a few chances.

Roberto Firmino: 5 – Missed a great chance in each half, one with a tame curler and the other with a blocked finish at the back post. Lacking in confidence.

Sadio Mane: 6 – Never gave up and kept making his runs, but couldn’t get behind United’s defense.

Curtis Jones (76′ on for Shaqiri): 6 – Did some decent work in midfield.
Divock Origi (85′ on for Firmino): N/A
James Milner (89′ on for Wijnaldum): N/A

Manchester United player ratings

David de Gea: 6 – A few routine stops and pushed away a shot from Thiago, but that was as tough as it got.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 7 – Had his hands full with Robertson and Mane, but did a good job and got forward.

Victor Lindelof: 8 – Solid and steady on his return to the team after injury. Calming presence.

Harry Maguire: 7 – One deflected pass in first half caused issues. Some very good blocks in second half. Led by example.

Luke Shaw: 8 – Other than one mistake on the ball which led to a Liverpool chance, solid defensively. Great surge forward to set up Fernandes for a big chance.

Fred: 6 – Did his job and protected United’s back four well. His type of game.

Scott McTominay: 6 – See above. Stopped Liverpool surging forward, but wasn’t as calm on the ball as he usually is.

Paul Pogba: 6 – Did a lot of defensive work on the right in the first half. Moved centrally in the second to help shore things up. Should have scored the winner late on but smashed straight at Alisson.

Bruno Fernandes: 6 – Whipped a free kick just wide in the first half, then had a shot save by Alisson in the second. His passing was a little off throughout.

Anthony Martial: 6 – Some really bright moments, but only last 60 minutes out on the left as Cavani replaced him. Would have liked to have seen him through the middle.

Marcus Rashford: 6 – Caught offside on multiple occasions and just couldn’t time his runs to perfection.

Edinson Cavani (61′ on for Martial): 5 – Struggled to get any service at all.
Mason Greenwood (89′ on for Fernandes): N/A

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

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Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

Lionel Messi rejects Saudi Arabia mega-offer, will sign with Inter Miami


Lionel Messi will sign with Inter Miami, opting to move to MLS this summer rather than return to Barcelona or join Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante in Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports.

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The deal will reportedly include profit sharing with two of MLS’s biggest commercial partners, Apple and Adidas, alongside his playing contract. According to reports, it could also include an option to purchase a minority stake in the club, which is partially owned (and operated) by David Beckham, who signed a similarly unique deal when he joined MLS in 2007. Beckham’s contract gave him a $25-million option to purchase an expansion franchise, which he exercised in 2018.

Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire on June 30 and the Ligue 1 club announced earlier this month that the Argentine superstar — widely considered the greatest player of all time — will leave the club this summer.

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Perhaps Inter Miami and MLS weren’t Messi’s first-choice option this summer, as his father previously stated his son’s desire to return to Barcelona, where he famously won 21 major trophies before an unceremonious exit amid financial troubles in the summer of 2021, but those issues still linger two years later. The offer from Saudi Arabia would have reportedly paid Messi, 35, $1.6 billion over three years.

Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who previously worked with Lionel Messi at Barcelona (2013-2014) and Argentina (2014-2016), is reportedly the leading candidate to replace the recently departed Phil Neville as head coach.

Inter Miami, who currently sit bottom (15th) of MLS’s Eastern Conference with 15 points from their first 16 games, parted ways with Neville last week. In his two full seasons in charge, Neville guided the club to regular-season finishes of 11th (of 14) and 6th (of 14) in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2022.

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UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

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It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.