The huge rivalry of English football in the North has been a little sideways lately. Only two of the last 15 meetings between Manchester United and Liverpool have seen them win. Last season’s Premier League clash lost 9-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s side on aggregate, and those two games could have been worse. Mohamed Salah’s goals at Old Trafford last season compared to Marcus Rashford , Jadon Sancho as much as Anthony Martial’s combined.
Given recent history, Eric Ten Hager’s standards in his first competitive meeting with Liverpool were so low that even his team The kind of face shown in the first two league games could also constitute progress. Well, maybe not Brentford’s game.
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The former Ajax manager entered his first test of greatness on paper with very little he could have wanted . The players who commanded the game from the midfield base were not there yet; they were not a facilitator but worked hard to get one of the best destroyers in the game at Casemiro , in the next A 30-year-old who paid one of the most lucrative salaries at Old Trafford in five years. The Brazilian will not register in time and no cavalry will come unless Anthony Martial returns. As Rick Pitino said, “Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t walk through that door.” Only, awkwardly, he had a version, and after not having much impact, he changed Abe Simpson’s style, almost as soon as he arrived he tried to force his way out of the club. Ten witches will have to use what he has.
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Those players, plus quite a few who left this summer but likely would have been drafted if they were still in the Northwest, provided a blueprint last season , tell them how not to play against Liverpool. On both ends of the pitch, the pressure dropped. Offensively, they couldn’t cope with the intensity imposed on them, and at the other end, the haphazard approach to regaining the ball didn’t do much, just leaving an ocean for Thiago and his mates.
Liverpool are good enough that they will arrive at Old Trafford on Monday, even in injury-riddled circumstances, bringing superb technique through a well-organised defence. Even if United miraculously did it, Klopp’s side could still punish them, as did the second of four goals they conceded in their 4-0 loss at Anfield last season. Ralph Rangnick’s back three was out of action for most of the game, but this time around, the visitors kept their form and forced a game-building on the right wing all the way back to Joel Ma. on Tip. Then there were two brilliant passes from the centre-back and a subtle clip from Sadio Mane and Salah to roll the ball over David de Gea .
Still, more of United’s conceded goals came from their first conceded at Old Trafford, a litany of errors that need Hercule Poirot to track down its root cause. Bruno Fernandez pressed Allison , but it was a helpless effort; when the ball went to Andrew Robertson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been pulled up front.