Manchester United recorded their first win in the 2022/23 English Premier League as they produced an outstanding display to beat Liverpool 2-1. It was Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League victory at a thunderous Old Trafford.
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Ten Hag took the bold decision to drop captain Harry Maguire and star player Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with a performance that lifted the mood of crisis around United and leave Liverpool still searching for a first win of the season.
Jadon Sancho showed superb control and composure to deservedly to Manchester United in front after 16 minutes before Marcus Rashford raced clear to beat Alisson from Anthony Martial’s pass eight minutes after he entered the game.
Mohamed Salah set up a tense finish when he scrambled in a header with nine minutes left but United survived to give Ten Hag just the sort of triumph he needs to make his mark at Old Trafford.
Manchester United was at their lowest ebb after a 4-0 humiliation at Brentford followed an opening day home defeat by Brighton.
Liverpool’s disappointing start to the season continued as they found themselves over-run from the kick-off by an inspired Manchester United. Jurgen Klopp’s side however has injury issues and Darwin Nunez’s moment of madness that resulted in a red card against Crystal Palace.
They could not overpower Martinez who lacks the stature of a central defender. Klopp made the same mistake he made in their pre-season game against United and omitted Fabinho again in the starting line-up. They were made to pay the prize as they lost 2-1 and are without a win inter the last three games in the English Premier League.