PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester United triumphed over Liverpool in a pre-season friendly without Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik Ten Hag is up and running on a positive note with a victory over Liverpool in pre-season. Manchester United put out a strong XI for the friendly match. Liverpool gave opportunities to a few youngsters to impress manager, Jurgen Klopp.

The Merseyside outfit were bulldozed by Manchester United in the match. However, the Reds witnessed a couple of promising youngsters put in a top performance. Harvey Elliot is a promising youngster for Liverpool and the fans were disappointed last season as the midfielder missed large parts due to injury.

The midfielder is set to play an important part for the club this season. Another impressive performance came from the new signing, Fabio Carvalho. The player who was signed from Fulham started in a deeper midfield role and excelled in the middle of the park.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not a part of the pre-season squad due to “family issues” amid transfer speculation. However, the fans did not let his absence affect their morale. Many United fans were seen wearing masks of the talisman and cheering for their club.

Manchester United gave a good account of themselves under new leadership

Erik Ten Hag is under pressure from the United fans to deliver the goods. However, few expected the team to perform the way they did so soon. Manchester United implemented the ideology of manager, Ten Hag and seemed to have improved a lot.

The club pressed the Liverpool players with intent and were comfortable in transition. The players are working hard in pre-season and it was visible in the match. Jadon Sancho is one of the most expensive signings of Manchester United. The winger had an underwhelming season under the management of Solskjaer and Rangnick.

However, the English winger put in an impressive performance against Liverpool. The England international scored the opening goal and looked lively throughout the game. Erik Ten Hag will be hopeful of similar performances from the winger once the competitive season starts.

The United fans will be excited after the pre-season performance for the upcoming matches. If the players can imbibe the qualities that Ten Hag wants them to exhibit and consistently express themselves, then this United team can really impress one and all. Whether the players will perform at this level consistently or not, only time will tell. However, the upcoming English season is certainly going to be exciting nonetheless.

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