A few months ago, Manchester United sank against Liverpool with a 4-0 defeat in the English Premier League. The addition is the same this Tuesday, but it was the Red Devils who managed it for Jurgen Klopp’s squad. The importance is less and this success is kept in mind as it was a friendly match and Liverpool conducted a major review of the team. However, Manchester United were full of confidence and were able to show some great things. Already on the defensive level, we found a certain cohesion in this meeting. David De Gea was very impressive and the duo Raphaël Varane – Victor Lindelöf was pretty serious. Diogo Dalot was the only one who had more difficulty in this regard (offensively brilliant) as he had to manage Luis Diaz loyal to himself. In the second half, Eric Bailly confirmed himself as the boss when rookie Tyrrell Malacia scored the encouraging first result.
Offensive and in build, the record is particularly interesting as well. With 4 goals scored, the Manconiñans showed some realism against the cages with goals by Jadon Sancho (12), Fred (30), Anthony Martial (33) and Facundo Pellistri (77). Moreover, solo performances of attacks are almost welcome. Only Marcus Rashford looked a bit borrowed while Jadon Sancho made a quality match. By analyzing the structure of these goals a little bit, we also realize some of the playing principles dear to Erik ten Hag. Facundo Pellistri’s last goal comes after 80 meters of rebounds started by Eric Bailly and completed by the Uruguayan after one goal with Amad Diallo. As in Ajax where Jürrien Timber has been called up to display himself on a regular basis, so expect to see situations where the mediators are more likely to hold the ball to start attacks.
Eric Ten Hag satisfied but demanding
The third goal of Anthony Martial faces another aspect of the Erik ten Hag match, which we can see excerpts from in the first period: the high pressure. So sure, it was a huge challenge against Liverpool which made it his trademark and the Reds dominated discussions on the subject in the second half. On the other hand, the first term was more balanced and Anthony Martial’s goal followed a great recovery from the Frenchman, who then made a small number to score. In general, Erik ten Hag gave a fairly good evaluation of the first performance of his team, as he explained to MUTV : “I know we have good players, and now we have to build a team. I am happy with the first match.”
However, the Dutchman knows that the result is good and that his team still has key areas for improvement: “And it will take a long time. I saw a lot of mistakes today. Let’s be honest, Liverpool were playing with three different teams, they weren’t at their best. This result shouldn’t be overstated, but I still see very good things. We have a lot of creativity and speed. Up front. Like I said, we have potential. I think they were a team with great spirit and we know we just started. In pressing, we made mistakes, but we also created chances with pressure. Hence, first successful Manchester United version Eric ten Hag who will try to confirm it on Friday against Melbourne.