Salah’s equaliser from the penalty spot was his sixth Premier League goal at Old Trafford against United

Salah’s equaliser from the penalty spot was his sixth Premier League goal at Old Trafford against United, the most of any visiting player in the competition’s history.

All seven of Liverpool’s last Premier League penalties against United have been at Old Trafford, with Salah’s the first to score from the spot in this fixture since James Milner in January 2017.

In fact, 25 per cent of the penalty goals scored against United at Old Trafford in the Premier League have been scored by Liverpool, and Klopp will not have wanted anyone other than Salah to be stood over the ball.

However, the Reds might well look at this as an opportunity lost. With seven matches left, they are on the same points as Arsenal, but behind the league leaders on goal difference, while City sit just a point behind in third.

Garnacho (19 years old), Willy Kambwala (19) and Mainoo (18) all started for United, the first time the Red Devils have begun with three teenagers in a Premier League match against Liverpool.

They stepped up, too, especially after the break following a tricky first half in which the hosts struggled to get a foothold.

Mainoo became the first 18-year-old to net a Premier League goal against Liverpool since Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal in May 2005, while he is also the youngest ever United scorer against Liverpool in the competition.

Bruno Fernandes scored his 50th Premier League goal from Manchester United’s very first shot of the match against Liverpool in the 50th minute.

Man Utd failed to record a single shot in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time since April 2022, which was also against Liverpool, and for only the second time on record (from 2003/04) at Old Trafford in the competition, after October 2015 v Man City.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored six Premier League goals at Old Trafford, the most of any visiting player in the competition’s history, overtaking Steven Gerrard’s five.

After serving up an FA Cup classic last month, these two rivals played out another thriller at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Having gone 1-0 up through Luis Diaz, Liverpool could have been out of sight by half-time, but their profligacy in front of goal proved costly when Bruno Fernandes made Jarell Quansah pay for a loose pass with an audacious strike to restore parity after the break.

Kobbie Mainoo subsequently sparked wild celebrations with a delightful curling finish, but Salah’s composure following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s foul on Harvey Elliott ensured Liverpool moved level on points with Arsenal, though the Gunners – and Manchester City – will feel they are the big winners from this encounter.

Alejandro Garnacho saw a goal ruled out for offside within two minutes of kick-off, before Dominik Szoboszlai was denied by Andre Onana in a frenzied start.

The visitors netted a deserved opener with 23 minutes played, Darwin Nunez flicking on Andrew Robertson’s corner to Luis Diaz, who slammed home from close range.

United didn’t have a shot in the first half, but their fortunes changed moments after the restart thanks to Quansah’s mistake.

The defender carelessly gave the ball away, and Fernandes, from the centre-circle, took full advantage by arrowing a first-time finish over Caoimhin Kelleher, United’s first shot of the match.

And Liverpool were left to further rue their earlier missed chances as Mainoo curled an exquisite finish into the far corner, giving Kelleher no chance, to put United ahead.

But with less than 10 minutes left, Wan-Bissaka sent Elliott tumbling in the box, and Salah made no mistake from the spot to slot in and earn his side a point, with United – who went close late on through Antony – remaining 11 points off the top four.

Yet as has been the case all season, Chelsea’s soft underbelly was left exposed and they could not come away with all three points.

Their European hopes remain intact at least, and one positive for Pochettino will be that his team are now unbeaten in their last five matches on the road in all competitions, winning two and drawing three of those games.

However, this is a game Pochettino would surely have targeted for them to win. Instead, Chelsea dropped points from a winning position against a team in the bottom three for the second time in two weeks.

Chelsea have drawn three successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since September 2000. Meanwhile, the Blues have conceded 27 away goals in the top flight this season, their most after 15 away games of a league season since 1990/91 (32 goals).

Sheffield United have conceded 47 Premier League goals at Bramall Lane this season, the most ever at home by a side in a campaign in the competition. It’s the most by an English top-flight club on home soil in a season since 1960/61 (Chelsea 48, Newcastle 49).

Noni Madueke’s goal, assisted by Cole Palmer, was the 14th time Chelsea had a Premier League goal both scored and assisted by players aged 22 or younger this season; only Leeds United in 1999/00 (20) have had more such goals in a campaign in the competition.

Thiago Silva (39y 198d) became the third-oldest player to score away from home in the Premier League, after Teddy Sheringham (39y 343d) and Dean Windass (39y 235d). Silva is also only the second player to score three or more goals in a single season in the competition while aged 39 or older, after Sheringham in 2005/06 (six).

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Manchester United as Mohamed Salah’s late penalty saw the Reds fight back to claim what could be valuable point in the Premier League title race, but the result has now handed the impetus to leaders Arsenal.

While the Blades remain bottom of the standings, nine points from safety

While the Blades remain bottom of the standings, nine points from safety, Chelsea missed a great chance to further their European hopes, with the Blues sitting ninth, five points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.

The momentum swung in United’s favour after that, and they almost made the Blues pay for a mix-up at the back, but Ben Brereton Diaz failed to apply the finish with the goal gaping.

Yet the Blades got the goal their play deserved when Gustavo Hamer unlocked Chelsea’s defence with an inch-perfect pass to Bogle, who beat Djordje Petrovic from a tight angle. The Blades remained a threat after the break, but struggled to find their finishing touch as McBurnie thumped a header wide before Hamer whipped an effort past the post with the outside of his boot.

They were made to rue those missed chances when Madueke skipped inside from the right wing and unleashed a powerful shot that flew beyond Ivo Grbic.

But with Grbic having denied Cole Palmer, the Blades’ pressure finally told deep into stoppage time – McBurnie keeping himself onside from Cameron Archer’s flick-on and coolly poking beyond Petrovic to snatch a deserved share of the spoils.

With seven matches left to play, the Blades still look destined to drop out into the Championship, and their defending – specifically at home – has cost them dearly.

They have set an unwanted record as they have now conceded 47 goals in 16 Premier League home matches this season, one more than Watford in 2021/22, who conceded 46 in that campaign.

In their nine matches at Bramall Lane since Chris Wilder returned to the club, they have shipped 28 of those goals.

After that thrilling 4-3 win over Man Utd on Thursday, Chelsea had the perfect chance to push on and close further ground on the Red Devils and their other rivals for a UEFA Europa League or Europa Conference League spot.