It was hard to stay awake during parts of the 0-0 stalemate as a typically well-organised Jose Mourinho team cancelled out Jurgen Klopp’s toothless outfit.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, there were even fewer players who could be said had a good day at the office in a match watched by millions of fans around the world.
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Despite the lack of impressive performances, the man of the match was a foregone conclusion long before the final whistle.
Ander Herrera was seemingly the one individual willing to throw himself into challenges and give his all in a fixture that often serves up passion and controversy aplenty.
The Spanish midfielder – who registered more touches, more tackles and more passes than any other Red Devils player – produced a refreshingly honest assessment of the game.
While most players resort to cliches and pre-rehearsed lines to fumble through a post-match interview, Herrera took a different approach, and one that has the Old Trafford faithful sizing him up as a future captain of the club.
He said: “I think we can be very proud of our team. Every player did everything today, gave everything today. This is the way we have to play big matches.
“I think we were better in the first half; they were better in the second half. David made two fantastic saves, but Zlatan as well, had a big chance.
“For us, I think it’s a fair draw. Both teams didn't deserve to lose. This kind of game, no one wants to lose.
“We can take a lot of things from this game, but now we have to win matches. We want to be champions, we are Man United and we have to win matches.”
Clearly United supporters are equally as impressed with what they saw from Herrera on the pitch as in his post-match interview.
The 27-year-old has been in sparkling form this season and shown a likeable attitude, but whether only time will tell whether he is ready to wear the armband for one of the biggest clubs in world football.
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