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Hard to please Roy Keane admits he was happy with one aspect of Manchester United's game 'that always worries him' against Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side drew 0-0 at Anfield, impressing at the back rather than with their attacking exploits.
And Keane refused to be too critical, heaping praise on the back four after the draw on Merseyside.
"No it's easier said than done. We knew Liverpool would be quick out the blocks, they haven't played for nine, 10, 11 days, they were also going to be on the back foot in the second half," the Irishman said.
"But as the game went on it became stretched, United made one or two substitutions you knew United would get those opportunities it was just a case of taking them.
"You can't say Liverpool are playing badly it's just a case of 'they've lost their spark'. They've lost their spark definitely. And when you get these opportunities like Pogba did there. So disappointed.
"We've given Pogba a bit of big build up, we've criticised him, but that was a moment there for him to say 'listen'. He wants to be main man he's got to take that chance.
"But I wouldn't be too critical of United. I thought United showed a good mentality and the back four, which always worries me, were brilliant.
"Shaw was, again, brilliant defensively and going forward. When I look at a couple of the chances United created Rashford didn't turn up, Fernandes didn't play that well. But they still created the best two chances in the game."
Solskjaer was also happy to praise his side at full-time – but the United boss admitted he felt a draw was a fair result.
"I don't think we played well enough to win, especially first-half. I think we grew in the game and toward the end it was there for us to win. We created two massive chances and it was two brilliant saves by the keeper," he told Sky Sports.
"We can play better than this, we know that. We can be more composed, we can have the ball more. We had to defend really often. I thought we gave the ball away too often.
"Some moments we miss, when Marcus [Rashford] makes his runs in behind.
"Maybe we don't pass it every time he runs and sometimes we miss it when he should have had it. So, a couple of things we need to improve on."
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