Ibrahimovic proves he's always there for United, in draw against Liverpool

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescued Manchester United yet again, this time against bitter rivals Liverpool at the Old Trafford.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Playing against rivals Liverpool at home, Old Trafford, Manchester United started in the worst possible fashion. World's most expensive signing Paul Pogba committed a handball in the penalty area in the 27th minute to concede a penalty which was then converted by James Milner, and the Red Devils trailed the Reds 1-0.

And almost immediately, Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up to the plate to bring his side back into the game, rallying his teammates to keep their focus on the match again.

Despite coming close to scoring a number of times in the remainder of the first half, the evergreen striker however failed to find the back of the net.

He faded further into the background when the second began, and for a while it looked like the Red Devils' bitter rivals were going to come away with the bragging rights at Old Trafford.

However the introduction of Marouane Fellaini in the 76th minute turned things around for United with less than 10 minutes to go.

A cross from the left by skipper Wayne Rooney was cushioned by the Belgian's header towards the goal, however it only hit the post. But the ball then fell to Antonio Valencia on the right, who sent in another cross into the Liverpool box.

This time Ibrahimovic was there, and he did not rush his header. In a split second, he was able to deduce that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet would be diving low, and Ibrahimovic aimed his header towards the top of the goalmouth, almost hitting the crossbar.

But his aim was impeccable, the ball went in and he finally found the United equaliser he had been looking for. He would be disappointed to not have found the winner, but Ibrahimovic's effort was enough to earn him the Wiko's Game Changer title of the match.

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