Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are of course currently locked in action with champions Liverpool at Anfield.
The clash marks the biggest of the English top-flight campaign so far, pitting the division’s top two sides against one another.
It was visitors United who headed into proceedings boasting the advantage in the title race, having moved 3 points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on the back of a hard-fought downing of Burnley during the week.
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates scoring a goal to make the score 0-1 during the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on January 12, 2021 in Burnley, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
As things stand on Merseyside this evening, though, it remains honours even between the Red Devils and their hosts.
A cagey first-half, during which Liverpool largely dominated, saw both sides struggle to carve out clear-cut opportunities, with a Bruno Fernandes free-kick in the 33rd-minute the closest that either came to opening the game’s scoring:
SO CLOSE FROM BRUNO 👀
The #MUFC man is inches away from opening the scoring from a free kick
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 17, 2021
Rashford’s offside woes
One of the stars on show to have endured a particularly frustrating opening 45 minutes, meanwhile, was Marcus Rashford.
The English international was tasked with acting as the visitors’ main threat in behind, in floating across the frontline alongside strike partner Anthony Martial.
Liverpool’s high backline, though, proved a difficult one for Rashford to judge, resulting in the 23-year-old being caught offside on no fewer than 4 occasions during the first-half alone.
This, remarkably, saw Rashford equal the record-high for offside calls in a Premier League fixture this season, after Heung-min Son did likewise (albeit over the course of 90 minutes) en route to a 4-goal haul versus Southampton back in September:
4 – Marcus Rashford was called offside four times in the opening 45 minutes, his most offsides in a Premier League match, and the joint-most of any player in a full game this season (Son, four vs Southampton). Flagged. #LIVMNU pic.twitter.com/B0NmymJXF3
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 17, 2021
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