Erik ten Hag says Man Utd reminded everyone that we f***ing can play football, in a remarkable evening at Old Trafford, where furious supporter’s protests failed to detract from an incredible win against fierce rivals Liverpool. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were on target as Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United secured United’s first victory of the season in a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday evening.
Erik ten Hag was rewarded for his powerful display, while goals from the two English attacking players earned Manchester United victory. His decision on Monday to leave out Cristiano Ronaldo and club captain Harry Maguire paid dividends, with United’s high-tempo play overwhelming Liverpool in the first 30 minutes. Erik ten Hag enjoyed his first win as United boss when his team defeated Liverpool 2-1 in their Premier League clash on Monday. United’s new manager failed to conceal his ebullient nature in an entertaining interview with Sky Sports after the game.
For all of Liverpool’s efforts in the closing 10 minutes to force an equaliser, Liverpool never threatened to upset a memorable evening for Manchester United and Erik ten Hag’s team, and now the pressure is on Klopp’s team to deliver a win after being winless in three league games for the first time in ten years. Mohamed Salah pulled one back for Liverpool, but it was too little, too late, with the Reds suffering their first campaign loss. Mohamed Salah pulled one back for Liverpool 10 minutes from time, but Jurgen Klopp’s men now fail to win any of their first three league games of the campaign, falling seven points behind leaders Arsenal. The result leaves United adrift at the bottom of the table, sitting 14th, with the previous season’s runners-up Liverpool, whose run of 21 consecutive Premier League games without losing has been snapped, languishing 16th, with only two points from Liverpool’s first three matches.
It did not take long for a sense of occasion to seep into Old Trafford, with a surging Jadon Sancho giving United a 15th-minute lead, which led to a furious verbal exchange between Liverpool’s fiercest players Virgil van Dijk and James Milner. The pace of United’s attacks was relentless. Following good one-touch discussions between Christian Eriksen and Anthony Ilanga, Jadon Sancho was the calmest player in the Old Trafford box to curl a ball leftwards and slot the ball into an empty corner of Liverpool’s goal.
Though it is just the start of the season, and we still have 35 games more to go, it’ll be difficult to predict how the season will go. The one main thing Liverpool should be concerned about is their main midfield players playing each game so they can build creative plays in the middle.