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Rio Ferdinand rages on Twitter after Mourinho's 92nd minute sub vs Liverpool

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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United. It's the result we should have all seen coming.

In the build-up to Saturday's encounter at Anfield, fans and the media alike were hyping it was one of this season's defining games.

Liverpool were looking to establish themselves as title contenders, while United needed three points to prove they're capable of beating the best.

But neither side succeeded in their endeavours, especially so the away side. Jose Mourinho's men were poor going forward and were fortunate to come away with a clean sheet.

Indeed, were it not for David de Gea's stunning save to deny Joel Matip in the second period, Liverpool probably would have won the game.

Both managers fielded strong starting line-ups on Merseyside despite missing a few key players.

Klopp was without Sadio Mane due to a long-term hamstring injury and Eric Bailly was missing for Mourinho after picking up a knock on international duty.

Marcus Rashford was also absent in United's starting XI, although he was brought on with 25 minutes remaining.

One surprise in Mourinho's line-up was the inclusion of Ashley Young at right wing-back instead of Antonio Valencia, who was deployed in a back three alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

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More bizarre still was that Mourinho had summer signing and centre-back Victor Lindelof at his disposal but opted to leave him on the bench.

And why? Well, the Portuguese boss explained last month that Lindelof somehow still isn't ready to start a Premier League game for United.

"Victor will be given time and no pressure for his evolution," said Mourinho. "He has a very specific position on the pitch and I was saying he needs time but also opportunities.

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"He will prove step by step that he is ready to play."

As the clock ticked towards full-time, Lindelof probably didn't think he was going to get a run out at Anfield. That was until the 92nd minute.

Mourinho decided to haul Young and throw on Lindelof to defend his precious 0-0 draw, which incensed Rio Ferdinand on Twitter.

In the tweet below, Ferdinand angrily said his "pride would be pierced" if a manager had ever brought him on with mere seconds remaining in such a big game, especially at 0-0.

FERDINAND'S SCATHING REACTION

You can hardly blame Ferdinand for being frustrated as a fellow centre-back. Lindelof probably should have started but ended up playing a solitary minute.

Being brought on in the closing stages of a game is pretty humiliating for any player, which Ferdinand clearly thinks was unfair from Mourinho.

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