Ten Hag records a liberating victory with Manchester United in a squatter against Liverpool | NOW

Erik ten Hag booked his first win as manager of Manchester United on Monday. After two defeats in the Premier League and without the passed superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the fallen record champion surprised with a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

After a strong opening phase, Jadon Sancho topped off a wonderful attack by United in the sixteenth minute with the 1-0. Liverpool then took the initiative, but shortly after the break Marcus Rashford doubled the lead over Old Trafford.

Manchester United then escaped a goal against several times. In the 82nd minute, Mohamed Salah took care of the connecting goal, but the home team survived in the final phase.

The victory over rival Liverpool is a big boost for Ten Hag. The Dutchman was under pressure after losing the first two league games of the season with United. After the 1-2 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion on the first day of match, the twenty-time national champion lost 4-0 at Brentford in a dramatic way last week.

Ten Hag hopes to further strengthen his team in the coming days. Ajax player Antony in particular seems to be on his way to Manchester. Ajax rejected an offer of 80 million euros, but English media expect United to increase the price. Casemiro was presented on the field before the game against Liverpool. He came over from Real Madrid for 70 million euros.

Ten Hag caused a sensation prior to the match with Liverpool by passing Ronaldo and captain Harry Maguire. According to the Dutchman, this was for tactical reasons. Ronaldo came in in the 86th minute, just like Donny van de Beek. Tyrell Malacia completed the 90 minutes at United, while Virgil van Dijk played the entire game at Liverpool. The team of trainer Jürgen Klopp has a dramatic start to the season with two points from the first three matches.

United swings in opening phase

After the lousy start to the competition, all the spotlights were on Ten Hag beforehand. Pressure on the Dutchman increased further when supporters announced that they would protest against the Glazer family, which owns Manchester United, out of dissatisfaction with the sporting malaise. At Old Trafford, fans clashed with police and several arrests were made.

Once in the stadium, the players of Manchester United were quite excited by their own supporters. The fire in the stands spread to the players, who, without Ronaldo and Maguire, but with Malacia in the base, overran manager Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

After ten minutes United already had a big chance at the 1-0. After good preparatory work by Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga appeared alone in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker. He passed the Liverpool keeper, but the outside of the post stood in the way of the opening goal.

Six minutes later, the liberating opening goal fell for United. After a brilliant attack over the left, Sancho got the ball in front of his feet and the attacker didn’t fail for an almost empty goal, where Alisson was already in the wrong corner.

Liverpool then took the initiative and it was a miracle it didn’t go 1-1 at Old Trafford. Especially Lisandro Martínez became the savior. He prevented Fernandes’ own goal from a corner on the goal line.

United hold their own after 2-1

United started the second half as an underlying match, but the club still managed to score 2-0. Rashford escaped offside with a through ball from substitute Anthony Martial and finished off skillfully. With the 2-0, the child of the club turned Old Trafford completely upside down.

After Rashford missed another chance to make it 3-0, Liverpool’s pressure mounted on the Manchester United defence. Eight minutes before the end, the deserved connecting goal came. Salah headed in after United goalkeeper David de Gea saved a shot from Fabio Carvalho.

The late 2-1 further increased the tension at Old Trafford. Ten Hag then decided to bring in Ronaldo and Van de Beek. With the pair a few minutes inside the lines, United managed to pull off the 2-1 victory over the line, allowing Ten Hag to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate his first win in the Premier League.