Manchester United – Liverpool 4-0 (3-0)
The season of England’s two biggest clubs kicks off in Bangkok on Tuesday. On each side of the field stood the giants Manchester United and Liverpool.
The former has left a tumultuous few months, and with a new coach on the bench, there is plenty of excitement about how United will pose.
Newcomer Erik ten Hag, like several of his predecessors, is in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the despised Anthony Martial at work.
ten Hags will have every reason to be happy with their team. They beat their arch-rivals 4-0. At the same time, familiar and unknown faces appeared before the new boss.
The despised star strikes back
It’s clear that it’s a gang of holiday lovers taking over the course in Bangkok. While United opted to field a strong eleven, there is more rotation to be found in Jürgen Klopp’s crew.
Therefore, it is not surprising that it was United who got off to the best start.
Already after 12 minutes, it was 1-0, and it was the signing of giants Jadon Sancho who had the honor of opening United’s goal account ahead of the season.
After a cross from the right flank, the ball ended with a lightning wing knocking on the first touch. Alisson had no chance and couldn’t help but pick the ball from the goal.
Not long ago, Liverpool got a giant opportunity. A cross from the post provided Luis Diaz with good position, but the Colombian couldn’t shuffle his feet and missed the ball.
After half an hour of play, Fred doubled the lead. The Brazilian passed the ball elegantly over Alisson after a small clown display in the Liverpool box.
Right after that goal, Klopp took over, and replaced ten men.
United took advantage of a host error in the 33rd minute which added to the visitors’ advantage to 1-0. The score became 1-0 at halftime.
The Frenchman has just returned from a disappointing loan spell at Sevilla, and it has long been speculated whether he will be part of the squad when Manchester United open the Premier League season against Brighton on August 7.
Great talent stands out
At half-time, Erik ten Hag replaced everyone except goalkeeper David de Gea. Former ten Hag favorite Donny van der Beek came in, and newly acquired Tyrell Malacia.
In the middle of the second half, Klopp once again made a big change to the team. All outsiders must exit, and the biggest stars enter.
Among the incoming profiles are Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk.
At the same time, Liverpool fans also saw their first pig Darwin Nunez, who arrived at Anfield earlier this summer.
Still, it was Nunez’s countrymen who had to stand out. United winger Facundo Pellistri spent pre-season on loan at Alaves in Spain but on Tuesday he scored a superb goal.
The Uruguayan got a smart ball from 16 yards and had all the time in the world to get the ball rolling because of Adrian, who came on for Alisson at the break.
Towards the end, Nunez got the chance to score his first goal in a Liverpool shirt. Salah’s well-placed corner was followed by Nunez’s powerful but accurate header.
As such, it ended 4-0 for United in Hag’s ten coaching debut for the club.
The Premier League season begins on August 5. United and Liverpool meet again in the 3rd round of the draw.
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