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22nd Aug 2022

Man United record shock victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford

Robert Redmond

Man United Liverpool Player Ratings

Man United 2-1 Liverpool.

Manchester United turned around their awful start to the season with a convincing victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday night.

Erik ten Hag’s team picked up their first win over the season with a convincing win over their fierce rivals.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are still waiting for their first victory of the campaign, and Jurgen Klopp will be concerned about his side’s performance.

Man United vs Liverpool: First half.

Liverpool had an excellent recent record against Man United going into the game, losing just one of their previous 12 matches against the Red Devils.

Klopp’s side, however, made a nightmare start. Man United began relentlessly and dominated the opening period. Ten Hag dropped Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw for the tie, and was instantly vindicated.

United were more fluid and aggressive in attack without Ronaldo, and more secure at the back without Shaw and Maguire. Malacia, who replaced Shaw at left-back, also played a part in the opening goal.

The Dutch full-back played a one-two with Christian Eriksen, who cut the ball back for Jadon Sancho. The winger went to shoot but sold James Milner a dummy as Alisson dived and Virgil van Dijk didn’t close down the United winger. Sancho casually placed the ball in the net as Old Trafford erupted.

Man United fully deserved their lead and were the more dangerous side throughout the first half, hunting in packs and rarely giving their opponents a moment to settle. Ten Hag’s team were transformed from the defeat to Brentford and, with the exception of a 15-minute period before halftime, were the dominant side.

Man United vs Liverpool: Second half.

Man United doubled their lead early in the second half as the pattern of the game continued. The Red Devils swarmed all over a leggy, lethargic Liverpool and took full advantage after eight minutes of the second half.

Jordan Henderson and Van Dijk were beaten to the ball by Anthony Martial who played the ball beyond Trent Alexander-Arnold into space. The England forward kept his cool and buried the ball beyond Alisson.

Liverpool pulled a goal back to set up a nervy finish, with Mohamed Salah scoring after the ball broke free in United’s penalty area from a corner.

The Reds pushed hard for an equaliser, but couldn’t find the net as their wait for a win this season goes on.

Man United vs Liverpool: Player ratings.

Man United.

De Gea – 7
Dalot – 7
Varane – 8
Martinez – 8
Malacia – 8
McTominay – 7
Eriksen – 8
Fernandes – 8
Sancho – 8
Elanga – 7
Rashford – 8


Martial – 8
Fred – 6
Ronaldo, Van de Beek & Wan-Bissaka – N/A.


Alisson – 5
Alexander-Arnold – 4
Van Dijk – 4
Gomez – 5
Robertson – 5
Elliott – 5
Milner – 5
Henderson – 5
Salah – 6
Diaz – 5
Firmino – 4


Fabinho – 5
Carvalho – 5
Tsmikas – N/A

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