Man United vs. Liverpool result, highlights, and analysis as Ten Hag enjoy emphatic maiden triumphant: United manager, Erik ten Hag started on a high note with a 4-0 friendly win over Liverpool in Bangkok. The first of United’s matches on tour this preseason will be considered a win by the coaching staff. The magnitude of the game is disputed and ten Hag, who took over as coach at Old Trafford this summer, will be pleased with what he saw at the Rajamangala Stadium tonight.
Jurgen Klopp stuck to his pledge of selecting a different outfield 10 for each half-hour of the contest and Fred and Anthony Martial struck either side of the first batch of wholesale changes, with Jadon Sancho having given United a 12th-minute lead. Facundo Pellistri completed a scoreline that flattered United slightly, as Mohamed Salah hit the post after debutant Fabio Carvalho and Luis Diaz did likewise for the Premier League runners-up.
David De Gea prevented both of last season’s thrashings against Liverpool from being worse than 5-0 and 4-0 and, despite Liverpool naming a more inexperienced starting line-up, he was forced into a trio of early saves before Sancho broke the deadlock.
Carvalho clattered the post in the 18th minute and Diaz should have scored from the rebound. The Colombian winger missed his kick and, a few moments later, whipped a 25-yard effort against the outside of the upright.
South American magic came at the other end, with Fred collecting a loose ball on the edge of the D before dispatching a finish that left Alisson stranded — a goal that is sure to be a topic of conversation on Brazil’s next get-together. Martial then harried defensive replacement Rhys Williams out of possession to finish confidently. After spending the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, Anthony Martial has become something of a forgotten man at United.
But a skillful, pacy, and versatile forward should theoretically tick a few boxes for Ten Hag. Uncertainty surrounds Cristiano Ronaldo’s future and Edinson Cavani’s departure had already left United light up front.
Martial’s speed posed problems throughout the first half for Liverpool’s high line and his pressing to win the ball back for his goal is sure to have delighted his manager.
However, they kept a clean sheet more by luck than judgment and it was fairly remarkable Liverpool did not find the net. Last-ditch defending is not a long-term plan, but for now, Ten Hag could at least appreciate Bailly at his best.
Always an all-or-nothing type of defender, the center-back put it all on the line to keep Liverpool at bay and ensured Nunez had a fruitless maiden outing. His storming run to set up Pellestri’s goal was the icing on the cake.