Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool: Erik ten Hag has his template for success at Old Trafford after getting big decisions r

Manchester United's Jadon Sancho celebrates scoring against Liverpool at Old Trafford

After three games, the squad has not won, and an investigation into what went wrong is underway. That this was the outcome of the events at Old Trafford on Monday night would not surprise anyone. Few people would have predicted Liverpool to be that team.

Manchester United played with the kind of energy and zeal that Jurgen Klopp loves to see from his squad and Erik ten Hag had yet to elicit from his. They outworked them and outran them. This United was a different United from the outset. United Ten Hags?

The decision he made regarding his team for this game may have been the tipping factor. Captain Harry Maguire bailed. The club's most famous and wealthy player, Cristiano Ronaldo, dropped. Ten Hag had before stated, "It has no significance for the future." On the night, however, it meant a lot.
At halftime, the person who had just purchased Lisandro Martinez hooked him, mocking him for his role in the 4-0 loss to Brentford. Raphael Varane was expected to replace him, and it was rumored that he would even switch to midfield or left back.

Ten Hag increased his backing for the Argentine. The two England internationals who had played either side of him in west London, Maguire and Luke Shaw, were no longer there. Martinez? Magnificent. Tyrell Malacia was also delightful in his entire debut.
There was a theory that said some of these players may enjoy this game since there would be less long ball to manage and more energy generated by the presence of the old foe. Although there were demonstrations against the ownership, the players had unwavering support. It felt like a roller derby.

And United attacked Liverpool ferociously.

It was very obvious what United will accomplish in this game, according to Jurgen Klopp. "Were they initially more aggressive than we were? Most likely, yeah. The match was exactly what United intended to play. It was frenzied at first. down and up."

United, in short, were ready for it. Despite the fact that Elanga was only active for the first 45 minutes of the game, his contribution to determining the course of the match should not be overlooked. He assisted in one goal and came within the width of a goalpost in another. His enthusiasm was contagious.

Trent Alexander-Arnold couldn't handle the heat, and if Elanga delivered the heat, Jadon Sancho brought the light. When he sent James Milner and Alisson for a hot dog on Sir Matt Busby Way for the opening goal, he was the calmest guy in Manchester.

It was Marcus Rashford who ultimately scored the winning goal for United, as even Klopp acknowledged that generated a "unique feeling" inside Old Trafford. It was due to him. This man was working out to become in shape.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring against Liverpool


Strikers occasionally believe they can't since they need to conserve their energy for attacking moves, according to Ten Hag, speaking to Sky Sports. "These days, it is in demand, as you witnessed. The goals scored by Rashford and Sancho make me delighted."

"The performances of Sancho and Rashford, they bring so much force to the game, but still at the same time can be always a danger to the opponent defense," he continued at the news conference. both putting in a lot of effort without the ball and using it well.

It wholeheartedly supported the choice to bench Ronaldo.

Ten Hag rejected the notion that Ronaldo couldn't be a part of that, stating that there is a roster and various matches would need different attributes from his team. But this is undoubtedly the model right now. He could even regret leaving it in the first place.

In reaction to Anthony Martial's late-preseason injury, he started Christian Eriksen as a false nine against Brighton and then selected Ronaldo for Brentford. With the addition of Elanga, the original direction was lessened. Surely, this is closer to what he wants?


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