Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 thanks to Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. Man United passed the ball around the pitch in the first 20 minutes to set up Sancho’s goal. Erik ten Hag’s club went into halftime with a one-goal advantage over an ailing, winless Liverpool team. Lisandro Martinez blocked Bruno Fernande’s own goal with a goal-line clearance.
Anthony Martial replaced Anthony Elanga at halftime, and it paid off. Martial assisted United’s 51st-minute goal. Mohamed Salah scored following Fabio Carvalho’s shot, but the game was over. United kicked off the ten Hag era with three points in front of their home fans, who saw Casemiro’s presentation and their first goal from open play.
Liverpool is left to pick up the pieces after losing three straight games and putting on a forgettable show at Old Trafford, where they were outworked in every field area. Anthony Elanga’s first-minute shot hitting the post should have woken up the Reds. Sancho later got too much time in the box.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was targeted after collecting a yellow card for tackling Elanga and appeared to be rethinking defensive challenges. Without Fabinho and Joe Gomez, the defense was in shambles. Liverpool had chances to steal a road point. They had 17 shots, but Roberto Firmino wasn’t a threat in place of Darwin Nunez, who has two more matches to fit in his headbutt sentence. United blocked everything in sight, leaving ten Hag cheerful in his postgame interview overseas in OKBet football.
“It’s all about mindset, not technique. Now you see how we play, “Sky Sports. “Communication, fighting spirit, and a team showed what they can do. They play football.”
Liverpool is still feeling the loss of Thiago
Liverpool has trouble making plays from the back, which makes their crosses too predictable. Harvey Elliott moved the ball forward with four shots, but only four chances were made between him, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner. Alexander-Arnold had the only through the ball of the day because Liverpool couldn’t get the ball into space like they would have liked to beat Manchester United over the top.
Salah did what he could in attack, but it would make sense for the Reds to add another midfielder before the transfer season closes. They have been linked to talented central midfielder Jude Bellingham, only 19 years old. However, with just over a week gone in the transfer window, it may be hard to get the services of such a young player.
For now, it might make sense to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation to give Elliott or Fabio more freedom. Carvalho seems to be the best way to open up the attack, but to do that, Salah would have to move to center forward, and Firmino would have to go to the bench. The Reds are undergoing many changes, but it’s time for a change.
A growing partnership to defend
Manchester United’s defense featured Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez. They cleared 16 balls while attacking. They didn’t dive into tackles to expose themselves to Liverpool’s attack. Martinez’s anticipation helped protect David De Gea by blocking three shots. Martinez had a tough start and has substituted at halftime against Brentford, but he didn’t need much time on the ball against Liverpool.
The next several matches will show Harry Maguire’s role at Manchester United. If the back four keeps doing well, the captain could have benched. It’ll be a blow to Maguire and the England national team, but recent performances suggest a change is needed.