Erik ten Hag’s start as Man Utd’s manager went impeccably well, at least as far as friendlies are concerned.
The Red Devils faced off against their arch-rivals Liverpool in Bangkok in a pre-season friendly and the 4-0 scoreline in favour of the Mancunians is not one that would have been predicted before the start of the game.
It took Ten Hag’s men just a little over half an hour to do the lion’s share of damage with the scoreline at 3-0 at the 33rd minute.
The best takeaway from the same was that the goals came from the precise sources that the United faithful can come to expect in the forthcoming season. Jadon Sancho opened the scoring in a simple fashion and Fred’s goal to follow it up was an utter thing of beauty. Back from loan, Anthony Martial certainly put up a good audition and his goal was likewise a commendable one.
In the second half, the gaffer elected to usher in lots of fresh blood and the youngsters did have a slightly harder time in stringing together coherent passes and forward plays. Regardless, Facundo Pellistri managed to get at the end of a good pass and a run to score United’s fourth goal of the game.
Twitter was quite appreciative of Ten Hag’s changes and many Red Devils clung on to this premature hope.
It took Ten Hag 1 game to end Manchester United's 5 year trophy drought. Greatness
— Trey (@UTDTrey) July 12, 2022
Yeah he’s not taking any prisoners https://t.co/X2vN7PCH66
— Casey Evans (@Casey_Evans_) July 12, 2022
In particular, a lot was said about the pressing style of football that was on show in the first-half. The individual performances of Sancho, Rashford, Martial, and Pellistri likewise made several ponder over whether United ought to really break the bank for the likes of Antony.
The midfield and defence remained areas where there is certainly room for improvement.
In contrast, Liverpool appeared a club out of their element as the Merseyside outfit struggled to show the same flair that has come to be expected of them.