That day he set his Chelsea side up to frustrate Liverpool, but he did not park the bus here, even if it was not full throttle attacking play.
And the visitors should have been ahead after the break when Paul Pogba finally showed some of his talent to put a ball on the head of Ibrahimovic, who was off target.
Finally in the 59th minute, one of the keepers had a save to make as De Gea got down superbly to deny Emre Can after the German had bundled his way into the area. But there was to be no dramatic fi nale.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Karius; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Can, Henderson, Coutinho; Mane, Sturridge, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Lallana, Lucas, Origi.
MAN UTD (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Fellaini, Herrera; Rashford, Pogba, Young; Ibrahimovic.
Subs: Romero, Rojo, Mata, Rooney, Lingard, Carrick, Shaw. Referee: Anthony Taylor