MANCHESTER, England — 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Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford helped Man United shrug off a tumultuous begin to the season and beat Liverpool 2-1 at Outdated Trafford to re-ignite their marketing campaign.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 present 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.
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Right here is our response to Monday’s feisty Premier League conflict at Outdated Trafford.
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1. United kick-start their season with out Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo
Round 10,000 supporters gathered outdoors Outdated Trafford earlier than kick-off, making an attempt to power lasting change at Manchester United by protesting towards the Glazer household’s possession, but Erik ten Hag confirmed he may 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 recreation 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. Actually, it was solely the fourth Premier League recreation since Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus final summer season, and the distinction in efficiency from their insipid defeat at Brentford may 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 footage chanting “Up the Glazers” as Liverpool sought to increase their latest dominance over United. However both manner, United kick-started the Ten Hag reign with a efficiency filled with starvation, self-discipline and counter-attacking high quality that had been virtually totally absent of their opening two video games.
United supporters have needed an thrilling imaginative and prescient of the longer term for a very long time – may it come with out Ronaldo and Maguire extra typically?
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 today. Sancho has typically struggled for composure in entrance of aim, however he confirmed loads of it after 16 minutes at Outdated Trafford, accumulating Anthony Elanga’s low cross in a central place within the field.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.
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Rashford spent the summer season engaged on his health in an effort to reignite his profession, however given a begin via the center, he appeared wanting confidence and wasteful in entrance of aim as United didn’t 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 good 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 may construct on.
3. Strain’s on Liverpool to re-enter the switch market as sluggish begin continues
The checklist 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 constantly 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 brought on the right-back issues all through, organising 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 towards Crystal Palace and the harm 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 quite than bolstering numbers, a way that has been the muse 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 troublesome begin to his United profession. however he epitomised the crew’s aggression and dedication right here. It was a detailed name between him and Varane for the honours, however marked a advantageous 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 typically does going ahead.
Steve Nicol criticizes Liverpool’s again line and explains why Virgil van Dijk didn’t meet expectations of their loss to Manchester United.
Highlights and notable moments
Earlier than the sport, Man United had been in a position to introduce their new signing, former Actual Madrid midfielder Casemiro, and supervisor Ten Hag was all too prepared to let the media know his lineup selections 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 snicker (and all three factors).
Liverpool followers have introduced footage 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 mentioned
“It means a lot. Our first two games didn’t go so well and had it turn it around today. Last week hurt a lot and we knew we had to bounce back and tonight we showed the fans what we can 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 immediately in each single recreation. Joyful we bought the three factors and we transfer on.” — Man United forward Jadon Sancho
“I mentioned to [the players] we’ve to behave, not speak so much. Be sure to are a crew and battle and be courageous. It is not solely about spirit out of possession. Generally strikers suppose they can’t do it as a result of they’ve to avoid wasting their power for offensive actions. These days it is a demand and that’s what you noticed. It makes me pleased Rashford and Sancho scored the objectives.” — Man United manager Erik ten Hag
“Two factors from 9 is just not the beginning we needed. We have to decide up our performances individually and collectively. We will not preserve this occurring on the market: it’s simple to speak about it within the altering room however we’ve to exit and do it. We will not preserve conceding objectives. They began higher than us immediately. It wants to alter.” — Liverpool defender Andy Robertson
“[Missing numerous players is] clearly not cool however for the sport tonight, I just like the line-up. I noticed good performances as nicely tonight, clearly not ok to win the sport. However I feel everyone knows if we rating in any state of affairs the equaliser, it might not be the most important shock on the planet. It’s a deserved draw after a begin the place United appeared sharper than us nevertheless it was not [for] too lengthy and within the state of affairs, a little bit bit anticipated.” — Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)
– Manchester United continued a exceptional streak on Monday as they’ve by no means misplaced a house Premier League recreation when main at halftime. The Pink Devils are unbeaten in all 305 house PL video games (282-0-23 W-L-D) with the final house 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 towards any opponent within the league. (Leicester Metropolis 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, essentially 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 highway matches towards United. It may not assist him really feel higher in regards to the outcome, however he is scored extra objectives towards Man United than another opponent.
– Liverpool mentioned 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 outcome 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 facet 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 facet 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.