MANCHESTER UNITED EJIRILA LIVERPOOL BILITE N’ONWU
Written by Ossy on August 23, 2022
Manchester United arrived fearing the fighting spirit of their disenfranchised fans but left having shown a transformative abundance of that quality themselves on the pitch as they claimed a famous and ferocious victory over Liverpool.
The anger of the United fans was not abated but neither was it heightened after a display in which Ten Hag relegated Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire – big stories but not a big call given their lack of form and focus – and his team was emphatically better without them.
For Ten Hag this was empowering as he turned to youth and speed and was also rewarded with a warrior-like contribution from his new defender, Lisandro Martinez. He was a dog of war while, up front, Marcus Rashford was finally the Marcus Rashford of old and scored his first Premier League goal since January.
And so the glare, the spotlight and scrutiny, turns to Liverpool who, on their early season form, look far short of the formidable team they have been in the last few seasons. Manager Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrated figure and surely needs recruits, in midfield, before the transfer window closes. Yes, they rallied but it proved far too late as they sit in 16th after three games.
There has been so much focus on United’s troubles, and which team Ten Hag would select, that Liverpool’s injury crisis – and with Darwin Nunez suspended and the out-of-form Fabinho dropped – were almost over-looked. But their substitutes bench, in particular, appeared callow and Klopp’s resources were severely stretched. There was also a murmur of discontent: “I miss Fab already,” pointedly tweeted the Brazilian midfielder’s wife as Liverpool came under early pressure.
Manchester United were primed. They sprung at Liverpool, fuelled by adrenalin, stung by failure and should have taken the lead when Scott McTominay secured possession on half-way and swept the ball through to Bruno Fernandes who slid into a tackle with Joe Gomez, passing to Anthony Elanga. The winger only had Alisson to beat, and beat him with a first-time shot as Ten Hag raised his arms in celebration – only for the ball to cannon back off the base of the post. What a chance.
If anything United upped the tempo and ferocity even further and they quickly made the breakthrough. In the white-heat Jadon Sancho was incredibly cool as he was picked out by Elanga, who had smartly exchanged passes with Christian Eriksen. Sancho took a touch, did a drag-back, dumped James Milner to the turf – and passed into the corner of the net. What a joy of victory for Manchester united.
Sacho opened the score at the 16th minutes followed Marcus Rashford goal at the 53rd minutes making Manchester united favorite of wining the game. at 81st minutes Mohamed Salah scored a consolation goal making the score to be 2:1. Despite Liverpool efforts to equalize the game, manchester united held them strongly till the last whistle.