Manchester United returned to winning ways as they earned a commendable 2-1 win over Liverpool in a Monday Night Football clash at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were the livelier side in the first half and duly got the opener when Jadon Sancho showed great composure to find the back of the net, following an assist from Anthony Elanga.
Upon resumption of the second half, under-fire Marcus Rashford doubled the hosts advantage after he was teed up perfectly by substitute Anthony Martial. Liverpool responded late on in the 81st minute when he headed home after David de Gea had saved Fabio Carvalho’s effort.
Meanwhile, United’s latest summer recruit from Real Madrid Casemiro was unveiled to the Old Trafford faithful at half-time.
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FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
81′ MIN: David De Gea saves Fabio Carvalho’s fierce shot, but Mo Salah is there to head in the rebound and pull one back.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool (M. Salah)
53′ MIN: Marcus Rashford races onto Anthony Martial’s through ball and beats Alisson one-on-one.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool (M. Rashford)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool
16′ MIN: Jadon Sancho with a wonderfully composed finish! He sits down James Milner and Alisson with a dummy and then rolls it into the corner
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool (J. Sancho)
KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool
Brazilian international Roberto Firmino returns to the Starting XI, following Darwin Nunez’s red card which will see the Uruguayan miss the next three games (beginning with this one). Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah are the regular suspects expected to add firepower to the attack. Guinean midfielder Naby Keita is omitted from the Matchday Squad altogether, fuelling rumours of a possible departure from Anfield this summer.
Big changes arising from the Reds Devils Staring XI. Coach Erik ten Hag has benched Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and skipper Harry Maguire. Incoming are Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford in attack and Rafael Varane in defence, while Bruno Fernandes will captain the side tonight.