The ‘red devils’ add the first points of the season at the expense of a Liverpool that has not won in its first three Premier League games and is starting to worry
Ten Hag decided to seat Cristiano Ronaldo and Maguire and the team benefited
There is no one who understands this season’s, Premier League. Manchester United, colist with West Ham until Monday, added their first three points of the season at the expense of a Liverpool in crisis and that is the opposite of the team that was seen in past seasons (2-1).
Double merit for the ‘red devils’. And also for Ten Hag. The Dutchman showed that he was not afraid of anything and sat down with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire, two supposed pillars of the team, and the best version of his team was seen at Old Trafford. Especially from the couple formed by Varane and Lisandro Martínez, who made a great game with capital letters.
Manchester United came out with fire in their eyes just to start, aware of the importance of marking ground to add. The image was shown by Lisandro Martínez who got into a bit of a collision with Salah when not even a minute had passed on the clock. With that rhythm in the pressure inside, and taking advantage of a Liverpool with doubts in the generation of plays, the one that was more comfortable without a doubt was the Ten Hag team.
The idea was to steal and run behind the back, preferably of Alexander-Arnold, something increasingly common. Without many embellishments, it was how United got scared and Elanga had a very clear one that the stick took out when it seemed that it was going out. In the next, the story was different. Jadon Sancho showed that he had ice in his veins with a cut figure, leaving Milner and Alisson stranded in the box, and scoring into an empty goal to make Old Trafford roar under the watchful eye of Casemiro in the stands (16′).
A total contrast with Liverpool, who needed Firmino to go down almost to the center of the field to give fluidity to their possessions, who sought Luis Díaz more, because Salah was missing once again. In fact, the only clear opportunity for the ‘red’ in that first period was in a carom in which Bruno Fernandes almost left on his own, who luckily was saved by Lisandro Martínez.
The truth is that Liverpool, after passing through changing rooms, came out with a different attitude. More vertical, with quick attacks and aware that the midfield formed by Henderson, Elliott, and Milner did not feel comfortable when United was placed in their own half. Klopp’s team had a couple of feints, but his new idea went to waste in no time. Henderson controlled fatally and Manchester’s counterattack ended with Rashford nailing it against Alisson and ending the rival’s momentum (53′).
Es la rabia de Marcus tirando el banderín de córner al césped 🤬 Es el Rashford que quiere volver a ver todo Old Trafford ✨— DAZN España (@DAZN_ES) August 22, 2022
Es el Manchester United dejando en la lona a un Liverpool que no da señales de vida #PremierLeagueDAZN ⚽ 🏴 pic.twitter.com/T2gHQ4u8IX
Faced with this bland and unprovoking game, unbecoming of Liverpool , Klopp chose to give Fabinho entry to find a game organizer capable of giving fluidity to the movement once he saw how Alisson took the third miracle. But that was not the solution either. Countless Alexander-Arnold crosses and the answer was always the same, Varane and Lisandro Martínez taking it all out.
And in the same way, as in the first half, Liverpool‘s evident lack of punch was evidenced by the fact that the first clearest in the second half was another almost own goal, this time by United‘s Argentine central defender, who saved on this occasion a De Gea in redemption. He couldn’t, after another great intervention, with a header from Salah that went into what little the Egyptian did (81′).
That goal was of little use. Ten Hag brought a scowling Cristiano Ronaldo onto the field in the final minutes and the rest was history. Liverpool, with 2 points out of a possible 9, will sleep until the next sixteenth day of the Premier League and enters a worrying crisis that Manchester United gives them, who being fourteenth is not to shoot rockets either.