Man United thrash Liverpool on Ten Hag's debut: Key takeaways
Manchester United started on a winning note under new manager Erik ten Hag as the club decimated Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in Bangkok, Thailand. United fielded two different sides at either halves, unlike Liverpool, who chose 32 players to play the game during the course of the match. The 4-0 win serves as a confidence booster for the Dutchman. Here's more.
- Ten Hag will not get carried away with the result as there were several mistakes at the back.
- Defensively, United are still nervy as Liverpool struck the post few times and David de Gea was asked to make numerous saves.
- Ten Hag revealed he has work to do but the result overall was a positive one.
- He felt his side has the potential.
Jadon Sancho put United ahead in the 13th minute after Isaac Mabaya failed to clear the ball. Liverpool had their moments but couldn't convert before Fred's chip from 18 yards handed United a 2-0 lead. Anthony Martial scored a superb solo goal moments later. In the second half, Eric Bailly's brave surge resulted in a goal from Facundo Pellestri, who combined with Amad Diallo.
In 269 appearances for Man United, Martial has bagged 79 goals. However, he wasn't in favor last season and joined Sevilla on loan in January. It turned out to be a horrific spell and there were talks Martial may be shipped off. But Martial can get a new lease on life. He showed character against Liverpool and the right focus can help him.
Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim boss Ralf Rangnick always praised Fred and his performances have been consistent in United's mid-field. United will bolster their mid-field but Fred's place may remain secured. His stocks have risen and a delightful chip against the Reds showed his knack for scoring fine goals. His determination and ability to offer substance will please Ten Hag.
United were good to watch against Liverpool and Ten Hag's methods were there to be seen. United reacted sharply and there was a surety in transition. The players also looked confident on the ball and there was a cohesion without it. Also, United played as a team despite what Liverpool had to throw. Expect United to get better with more training sessions in place.
United's front three often changed positions. Sancho showed a lot of promise on the right flank with his overall play. However, his goal came when he drifted over to the left-hand side. Fluidity is an aspect one can see Ten Hag impose in the forward line with constant change of positionings. Ten Hag would want Sancho to show more promise given his attributes.