Liverpool had won four of their last six against Manchester United, including a hat trick at Anfield. But United have never lost four away games in a row against anyone in the Premier League era, and Liverpool haven’t won more than three games in a row against United since the 1970s. So perhaps the odds of a home win in this match were pretty long.
Before this match, United had the best shooting accuracy in the league with 54%. At the other end, De Gea had made more saves (32) than anyone else. That might have explained the tight score line, but on the other hand last season’s game produced two hat tricks – one for Kuyt and another for Berbatov.
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