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Manchester United stun Liverpool in an atmosphere of rebellion and blatant pessimism, then ran to loud cheers as the era of Erik ten Hag was illuminated on a memorable night of noise and fury at Old Trafford.
United fans marched by the thousands in protest at the Glazers property before kick-off and even the pre-match parade of the £ 60m new signing Casemiro was accompanied by the soundtrack of blatant discontent. to the Americans.
There was, however, unity behind United’s stellar performance that made the shame of home defeat to Brighton and 4-0 humiliation at Brentford in Ten Hag’s first two Premier League games meaningless.
He ordered his players to vent their anger on Liverpool and from the first whistle this was as good as Old Trafford had heard for a while as the manager got exactly what he wanted for his first win.
How United fans enjoyed every second of the recent troubles under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, two main parts of it caused by Jurgen Klopp’s team.

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Ten Hag and United needed this to lift the crisis and turmoil around Manchester United and who can do it better than Liverpool?
The concerns of fans going to Old Trafford were not just about United’s miserable first appearances, but also memories of the 5-0 humiliation Liverpool caused here last season.
What a contrast this was when United stormed Liverpool from kick-off, Jadon Sancho’s perfect composure the result of strong early pressure.
United have shown more passion and intention here in the first 10 minutes than last season in two league games against Liverpool, which ended in a 9-0 aggregate in favor of the Merseysiders.
And the biggest winner was Ten Hag, whose actions will increase with the way he made the big and bold calls and also produced a tactical game plan that worked perfectly. Ten Hag had to do something after the Brentford debacle, because what he experienced there was unacceptable and unsustainable. He replied with a selection that he knew would be scrutinized if things went wrong.
Jadon Sancho sent Manchester United on the road to 2-0 victory over Liverpool with elegant goal in the 16th minute
He left captain Harry Maguire and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and then saw United deliver a performance of intensity, defensive solidity and courage. It was the most satisfying justification.
Maguire’s position as captain is now in question after being barred from what is arguably United’s biggest game of the season. He can’t complain because they seemed much safer without him.
Raphael Varane was powerful in the air while Lisandro Martinez displayed a fierce competitive spirit, clarifying his intentions with solid early challenges on Mohamed Salah.
Ronaldo appeared alone with United down after Salah’s late goal threatened to give Liverpool a point he didn’t deserve.
With the pace of Sancho and Marcus Rashford – who showed great composure to score United’s second goal – Ten Hag teamed up with Anthony Elanga, who was replaced by Anthony Martial at half-time, to put pressure on the increasingly vulnerable high back line of the Liverpool, set up and operational.

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The results were evident when Liverpool were thrown apart in the back, with Virgil van Dijk’s bad form being exposed again earlier in the season, especially with a strangely passive attempt to keep Sancho from scoring. Ten Hag pulled it all off – and now United have shown what they can do without Maguire and Ronaldo, they should stick with it.
This is bad news for England centre-back Maguire’s World Cup contenders and could hasten Ronaldo’s exit, but none of these issues concern Ten Hag and should not.
All of this triggered the most noticeable shift in emotions at Manchester United. Yes, fans still want the Glazers out, but it was a performance they cherished and identified with from start to finish.
One of the big questions was whether United actually had what it took to come back from defeats like Brentford. It was a categorical answer.
For Liverpool, it was another sobering night in a bitterly disappointing start to the season.
Yes, they have more and more injury problems and the stupidity of Darwin Nunez’s red card against Crystal Palace has been further highlighted as Liverpool haven’t even had a chance to capitalize on the lack of size. by Martinez.
Klopp’s decision to leave Fabinho on the bench was puzzling, especially when Jordan Henderson and James Milner were so poorly exposed and behind from the start.
Liverpool will be better off, but their record of just two points from three games reflects their performance to date. They don’t deserve more. They were nowhere near good enough by previous exorbitant standards.
As for United, they can celebrate a little-predicted win against a Liverpool side that destroyed them twice last season. They are now even ahead of them in the Premier League standings.
It was a hugely satisfying night for Manchester United and new manager Ten Hag.

 

 

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