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Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Monday at Old Trafford to earn manager Erik ten Hag his first victory.

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United had fallen to the bottom of the Premier League at the beginning of the weekend, but on a big night for their new Dutch manager, they passed Liverpool.

With three games into the new season and Jurgen Klopp’s team still winless, Liverpool’s anticipated title push is evaporating quickly.

In protest against the Glazer family, the club’s owners, who have presided over a decade of deterioration, United supporters marched on Old Trafford to start the evening.

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

A social media movement encouraging supporters to boycott the game in the wake of an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brentford last weekend failed to materialize.

But even amid the jubilation of a first league win over Liverpool since 2018, chants of “we want Glazers out” persisted throughout the 90 minutes.

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Ten Hag responded to the concession of four goals inside 35 minutes at Brentford by dropping Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Harry Maguire among four changes.

After becoming the first United manager in more than a century to lose his first two games, the former Ajax manager got the response he desired in an explosive opening half hour that rocked Liverpool back on their heels.

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

Anthony Elanga should have opened the scoring when he curled off the base of the post after two passes from Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes carved Liverpool wide open.

Defensive disorganization has been a repeated failure of Liverpool’s winless start to the season and they failed to learn their lesson for the opening goal on 16 minutes.

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A neat one-two between Elanga and Christian Eriksen opened up the Liverpool defense once more and when the ball was cut back to Sancho, he left James Milner on the floor before coolly slotting home.

Milner bounced back up to confront Virgil Van Dijk for his role in the goal as the Dutch defender sat off Sancho.

Alisson Becker was then forced to tip Eriksen’s dipping free-kick over before the visitors were able to restore some order in the closing stages of the first half.

Man United Defeat Liverpool 2-1 At Old Trafford, Secure First Win For Hag

United nearly gifted them an equaliser when Fernandes blasted Milner’s header towards his own goal and was fortunate to see the ball rebound back off Lisandro Martinez on the line.

Liverpool’s reluctance to refresh Klopp’s midfield options will face more scrutiny in the final days of the transfer window.

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With Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita out injured, the 36-year-old Milner showed his age and Klopp had precious few options to turn to on the bench with new 75 million euro (£64 million, $77 million) striker Darwin Nunez serving the first of a three-match ban for being sent off on his home debut.

Liverpool’s lack of energy in midfield was exposed for United’s second goal as Jordan Henderson’s poor touch presented possession to Anthony Martial and his perfect through ball set Rashford free to score his first goal since January.

Restoring Rashford’s confidence is one of the many tasks that still lie ahead for Ten Hag.

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But the England attacker looked more like his old self and only a fine save from Alisson low to his left denied Rashford his second and United’s third.

United goalkeeper David de Gea’s error opened the floodgates at Brentford but the Spaniard also played his part in a night of redemption with a point-blank save from Luis Diaz.

Mohamed Salah’s header set up a grandstand finish 10 minutes from time, but United summoned steel rarely seen in recent seasons to see out the closing stages and secure a much-needed boost for their new boss.


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