Manchester United make winning start under Erik ten Hag with Liverpool demolition
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag got off to a winning start in the dugout with a comprehensive three-goal win over Liverpool in Bangkok.
First half goals from Jadon Sancho, Fred and Anthony Martial before substitute Facundo Pellestri added a fourth after the break propelled United to victory over an experimental Liverpool side, who twice made wholesale changes to their line-up. A much-more experienced Red Devils outfit dominated the first half but they too made ten outfield changes in the second half.
Jurgen Klopp introduced Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Darwin Nunez for the final thirty minutes against a much-changed United side but they could not make a breakthrough as Pellestri added a fourth goal on the counter-attack in the 75 th minute.
With both sides intent on avoiding injuries, Ten Hag may have a small concern over David de Gea’s fitness after the Spaniard had to be substituted off with muscular discomfort in the second half.
Here are five talking points as United won the pre-season Bangkok Centenary Cup against their rivals.
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