At a boisterous Old Trafford, Manchester United put on an excellent performance to overcome Liverpool and earn manager Erik ten Hag his first Premier League victory.
Ten Hag made the risky choice to bench captain Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo, and he was rewarded with a performance that dispelled the crisis surrounding Manchester United while keeping Liverpool winless so far this year.
After 16 minutes, Jadon Sancho rightfully gave United the lead with excellent control and calmness, and eight minutes into the second half, Marcus Rashford capitalized on an Anthony Martial pass to break free and beat Alisson.
With nine minutes left, Mo Salah scrambled in a header to set up a frantic finish, but United held on to give Ten Hag the kind of victory he needs to leave his mark at Old Trafford.
Man Utd rises to the occasion Manchester United was at its lowest point following a 4-0 humiliation at Brentford and a home loss to Brighton on the first day of the season.
And even though hundreds demonstrated against the Glazers’ ownership before the game, and the chanting persisted throughout, United’s supporters rallied behind a display of intense energy and dedication that frequently intimidated Liverpool.
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Before the game, Casemiro was introduced in front of the Stretford End, and how he must have loved the electrifying atmosphere at Old Trafford as United turned the misery of their terrible first two league performances around.
Liverpool defeated United 5-0 here and 4-0 at Anfield last season, but United displayed more vigor and aggression in the opening 10 minutes of this game than in either of those dismal outings.
Anthony Elanga struck the post after sprinting free for Ten Hag, who used pace to exploit Liverpool’s strong defensive line. Ten Hag could have been up even before Sancho scored.
Every difficulty was met by United with a fervent response.
With a forceful challenge on Mohamed Salah right away, Lisandro Martinez set the tone for the game.
Rashford hasn’t been in great shape lately, but after the calm way in which he scored the goal that ultimately won it, his confidence will undoubtedly surge.
And this was a historic night for Ten Hag, who was aware that if United had lost, criticism of his decision to bench Maguire and Ronaldo would have ensued.
Instead, he had the kind of night that he will be hoping kickstarts his Old Trafford reign.