Manchester United produced an outstanding display to defeat Liverpool and give manager Erik ten Hag his first Premier League victory at a thunderous Old Trafford.
Ten Hag took the bold decision to drop captain Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with a performance that lifted the mood of crisis around Manchester United and leave Liverpool still searching for a first win of the season.
Jadon Sancho showed superb control and composure to deservedly put United in front after 16 minutes before Marcus Rashford raced clear to beat Alisson from substitute Anthony Martial’s pass eight minutes after the interval.
Mo 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.
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- 1de Gea
- 20DalotBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWan-Bissakaat 86′minutes
- 19VaraneBooked at 27mins
- 14EriksenSubstituted forvan de Beekat 86′minutes
- 25SanchoSubstituted forFredat 71′minutes
- 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 74mins
- 36ElangaSubstituted forMartialat 45′minutes
- 10RashfordSubstituted forCristiano Ronaldoat 86′minutes
- 7Cristiano Ronaldo
- 34van de Beek
- 66Alexander-ArnoldBooked at 24mins
- 4van Dijk
- 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 85′minutes
- 14HendersonSubstituted forFabinhoat 59′minutes
- 7MilnerSubstituted forFreitas Gouveia Carvalhoat 73′minutes
- 28Freitas Gouveia Carvalho
- 72van den Berg
Match ends, Manchester United 2, Liverpool 1.
Second Half ends, Manchester United 2, Liverpool 1.
Foul by Luis Díaz (Liverpool).
Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Kostas Tsimikas.
Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool).
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Donny van de Beek (Manchester United).
Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).
Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United).
Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Martial.
Substitution, Manchester United. Donny van de Beek replaces Christian Eriksen.
Substitution, Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Marcus Rashford.
Substitution, Manchester United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka replaces Diogo Dalot.
Substitution, Liverpool. Kostas Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson.
Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Tyrell Malacia.
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