Man United followed Ten Hag’s programme notes to the letter vs Liverpool

Man United oicked up their first competitive win over Erik ten Hag in their 2-1 victory over Liverpool – and they did so in style.

The Dutch boss was aggressive with his changes to the starting XI. He brought in Tyrell Malacia, Anthony Elanga and Raphael Varane, in an attempt to shore up the defence and provide more energy going forward.

United looked very much up for the occasion from the first whistle, backed by a lively Old Trafford home crowd. Liverpool struggled to contain their opponents. In the first 15 minutes, the Red Devils broke through on numerous occasions. However, they couldn’t find the net.

That all changed on 16 minutes. Jadon Sancho received the ball from 12 yards out, before composing himself and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Ten Hag’s side spent much of the rest of the half playing on the counter attack, but the energy remained. Malacia and Lisandro Martinez, in particular, were outstanding on the night.

United made it two on 53 minutes through Marcus Rashford, before Mohamed Salah headed home on 81 minutes to put the pressure on. But the hosts dealt with that pressure, securing a result and putting on a performance that was worlds away from what fans saw against Brentford a week earlier

What Ten Hag wrote in his Man United programme notes

Writing in his usual ’manager’s notes’ section in the official Man United programme, Ten Hag was cautious in advising fans of what they can expect to see from his side.

However, he also outlined his basic requirements from his players – and those instructions were followed to the letter against Liverpool.

He wrote: ”We know that there is a lot of work to do to reach the standards we all expect of Manchester United. But the first step in that process is for players to work together, and put in the maximum effort in every game.”

Ten Hag continued: “We are in the very early days of the work we have to do here to deliver the success we all want for Manchester United. What we are trying to build – a winning team with an attractive, dynamic style of play – will take time to achieve. But that does not remove the responsibility for us to set out to win every game that we play, as we aim to do tonight.”

Early days, indeed. But Man United fans will be delighted with what already could prove to be a pivotal night in the reign of Erik ten Hag.

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