MANCHESTER — Objectives from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford helped Man United shrug off a tumultuous begin to the season and beat Liverpool 2-1 at Outdated Trafford to re-ignite their marketing campaign. Mohamed Salah scored a comfort inside the ultimate 10 minutes to provide the hosts some nervous moments, however the victory is vindication for United boss Erik ten Hag as he tries to show round a membership in disarray.
Right here is our response to Monday’s feisty Premier League conflict at Outdated Trafford.
Round 10,000 supporters gathered exterior Outdated Trafford earlier than kick-off, trying to power lasting change at Manchester United by protesting in opposition to the Glazer household’s possession, but Erik ten Hag confirmed he might shake issues up a lot sooner as soon as the groups had been introduced.
Dropping each your membership captain and your iconic centre-forward for a sport of this magnitude takes some self-belief, however United lined up with out Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo for the primary time since Jan. 15. The truth is, it was solely the fourth Premier League sport since Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus final summer season, and the distinction in efficiency from their insipid defeat at Brentford might hardly have been starker as Ten Hag secured his first profession Premier League win.
Maybe it was the protests stirring the soul. Maybe it was the id of the opposition, whose supporters arrived with Avram Glazer photos chanting “Up the Glazers” as Liverpool sought to increase their current dominance over United. However both means, United kick-started the Ten Hag reign with a efficiency stuffed with starvation, self-discipline and counter-attacking high quality that had been nearly solely absent of their opening two video games.
United supporters have wished an thrilling imaginative and prescient of the longer term for a very long time – might it come with out Ronaldo and Maguire extra usually?
2. Sancho and Rashford come alive
Each Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have endured such depressing type of late that their hopes of constructing England’s World Cup squad cling by a thread nowadays. Sancho has usually struggled for composure in entrance of aim, however he confirmed loads of it after 16 minutes at Outdated Trafford, gathering Anthony Elanga’s low cross in a central place within the field. Realising he had time, Sancho dropped his shoulder to evade the lunging James Milner earlier than side-footing previous Alisson for his first United aim since March 6.
Rashford spent the summer season engaged on his health in an effort to reignite his profession, however given a begin by means of the center, he appeared wanting confidence and wasteful in entrance of aim as United did not translate their superiority to the scoreline past Sancho’s strike. That was till substitute Anthony Martial, on for Elanga at half-time, despatched Rashford clear, and he slotted a cool end contained in the close to submit for his sixtieth Premier League aim. He’s solely the tenth United participant to achieve that landmark.
There’s a great distance for each to go — the identical with United collectively — however the revival needed to begin someplace and right here had been two performances each might construct on.
3. Strain’s on Liverpool to re-enter the switch market as gradual begin continues
The listing of Liverpool absentees was a transparent concern earlier than kick-off: Caoimhín Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Calvin Ramsay and, in fact, the suspended Darwin Nunez. Jurgen Klopp will little doubt proceed to argue that Liverpool possess sufficient high quality to persistently attain the identical stage of efficiency as final season, however even with out gamers lacking, this was nonetheless a line-up that ought to have produced way over they did right here.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defending was suspect as soon as once more, significantly within the first half. Elanga prompted the right-back issues all through, establishing Sancho’s opener. Liverpool additionally missed Sadio Mane, not only for his high quality within the closing third, however in the way in which he used to set the press with out the ball. Nunez confirmed nice promise previous to his purple card in opposition to Crystal Palace and the damage image will ease earlier than lengthy, however two factors from their opening three video games will heighten strain on Liverpool to enter the market earlier than deadline day — maybe most clearly in midfield, the place they had been out-fought and out-thought by United.
They’ve a behavior of ready for most well-liked targets somewhat than bolstering numbers, a technique that has been the inspiration of their success. However 10 days of temptation awaits them.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea 8; Diogo Dalot 7, Raphael Varane 8, Lisandro Martinez 8, Tyrell Malacia 7; Christian Eriksen 7, Scott McTominay 7; Jadon Sancho 8, Bruno Fernandes 6, Anthony Elanga 7; Marcus Rashford 7.
Subs: Anthony Martial 7, Fred 6, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 6, Donny van de Beek 6.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, 6; Trent Alexander-Arnold 5, Joe Gomez 6, Virgil van Dijk 5, Andy Robertson 6; Harvey Elliott 6, Jordan Henderson 5, James Milner 5; Mohamed Salah 7, Roberto Firmino 6, Luis Diaz 5.
Subs: Fabinho 6, Fabio Carvalho 7, Kostas Tsimikas 6.
Finest and worst performers
BEST: Lisandro Martinez
Endured a tough begin to his United profession. however he epitomised the workforce’s aggression and dedication right here. It was a detailed name between him and Varane for the honours, however marked a wonderful effort from the pair given the additional scrutiny arising from Maguire’s omission/
WORST: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Given a torrid time early on by Elanga and unable to make use of the ball as successfully as he so usually does going ahead.
Highlights and notable moments
Earlier than the sport, Man United had been in a position to introduce their new signing, former Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, and supervisor Ten Hag was all too prepared to let the media know his lineup choices earlier than the match. Seems he was proper this time…
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 22, 2022
In the meantime, the small contingent of Liverpool followers tried their greatest to throw United off their rhythm contemplating the pre-match protests, although the hosts would have the final snort (and all three factors).
Liverpool followers have introduced photos of Avram Glazer with them and are chanting: “Up the Glazers.” pic.twitter.com/o3iAFRQRgM
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 22, 2022
After the match: What the managers, gamers stated
“It means so much. Our first two video games did not go so effectively and had it flip it round at this time. Final week harm so much and we knew we needed to bounce again and tonight we confirmed the followers what we will do.
“It means so much to all of us, you’ll be able to see how the followers are reacting. We bought the three factors however on to the subsequent one. We simply have to supply like at this time in each single sport. Glad we bought the three factors and we transfer on.” — Man United ahead Jadon Sancho
“I stated to [the players] now we have to behave, not discuss so much. Be sure you are a workforce and battle and be courageous. It is not solely about spirit out of possession. Typically strikers suppose they can’t do it as a result of they’ve to save lots of their vitality for offensive actions. These days it is a demand and that’s what you noticed. It makes me completely happy Rashford and Sancho scored the objectives.” — Man United supervisor Erik ten Hag
“Two factors from 9 will not be the beginning we wished. We have to decide up our performances individually and collectively. We won’t preserve this happening on the market: it’s simple to speak about it within the altering room however now we have to exit and do it. We won’t preserve conceding objectives. They began higher than us at this time. It wants to vary.” — Liverpool defender Andy Robertson
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)
– Manchester United continued a outstanding streak on Monday as they’ve by no means misplaced a house Premier League sport when main at halftime. The Pink Devils are unbeaten in all 305 residence PL video games (282-0-23 W-L-D) with the final residence league defeat when main at halftime coming in Could 1984 vs Ipswich.
– Marcus Rashford scored his fifth Premier League aim vs. Liverpool, his second-most in opposition to any opponent within the league. (Leicester City is prime in Rashford’s personally tally, with six objectives.)
– Mohamed Salah’s comfort strike made it 10 objectives for Liverpool vs. Man United in all competitions, probably the most in membership historical past, breaking a tie with Steven Gerrard. Salah additionally continued his streak of scoring at Outdated Trafford, with seven objectives in 4 straight street matches in opposition to United. It may not assist him really feel higher concerning the consequence, however he is scored extra objectives in opposition to Man United than every other opponent.
– Liverpool stated goodbye to their 21-game unbeaten Premier League run on Monday, their first defeat since Dec. 28, 2021 to Leicester Metropolis.
– The victory was Man United’s first of the season and snaps a four-game PL shedding streak courting again to final season — that had been the membership’s longest such streak in league historical past, and their longest league run since 1978-79. The consequence additionally snaps Man United’s eight-game winless streak over Liverpool within the Premier League.
Manchester United: After internet hosting Liverpool at Outdated Trafford, Erik ten Hag’s aspect face a visit to Southampton (Aug. 27) within the Premier League adopted by a Sept. 1 go to to Leicester Metropolis.
Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s aspect get little time to relaxation earlier than a pair of Premier League video games over the subsequent 10 days, with Bournemouth (Aug. 27) at Anfield adopted by Newcastle’s go to on Aug. 31.