Zlatan Ibrahimovic strikes late as Man United deny Liverpool win at Old Trafford

Liverpool are up to third after picking up a point on the road

BY Raf Diallo 17:55 Sunday 15 January 2017, 17:55 15 Jan 2017

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture by Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

A late goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic earned Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Premier League rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Swede scored with six minutes of normal time to go to rescue a point for the home side.  

Liverpool took the lead from the penalty spot on 27 minutes.

A corner was lofted into the box but in an ultimately clumsy effort to head the ball clear, Paul Pogba handled the ball leaving referee Michael Oliver with no choice but to award the spot kick.

James Milner stepped up to take it and made no mistake as he scored his sixth goal of the season with a composed penalty.

Heading into the second half, Man United manager Jose Mourinho made a decisive change as he brought on club captain Wayne Rooney at half time in place of midfielder Michael Carrick.

The joint record goalscorer had a role in the equaliser which would come on 84 minutes.

He crossed for second half sub Marouane Fellaini, with the Belgian midfielder almost guiding his header into the net.

But the ball did not go out of play and was played back in across the crowded box where Ibrahimovic was stationed.

The Swede cushioned the ball in with his head to level the game up at 1-1. 

That was his 14th Premier League goal of an impressive debut season for the veteran ex-AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona star.

Georginio Wijnaldum had a late chance but struck a shot straight at David De Gea and neither side was able to push on for a winner so shared a point each.

The result lifts Liverpool one point above Arsenal as Jurgen Klopp's side go third, level on points with second placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Man United remain sixth, two points behind derby rivals Manchester City who lost 4-0 at Everton in the 1.30pm Sunday kick off. 


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