Manchester United clinched their first points of the season with a 2-1 home win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday night.
The Red Devils started quickly in a noisy atmosphere and deservedly took the lead when Jadon Sancho sold a dummy to a couple of defenders and buried his finish in the near post.
Jurgen Klopp’s side initially struggled to find their footing in the game but improved before the break – only for Marcus Rashford, who drove clear just after the restart and hammered in a second.
Mohamed Salah headed in a rebound in the last 10 minutes to set up a thrilling final but United did enough to keep the ball in check and seal a win.
Here are the player ratings of the game at Old Trafford.
David de Gea – 7, didn’t have many shots to save a late clearance from Martinez that went into the post and eventually conceded to Mohamed Salah. Good distribution avoided getting into the tricky situations of Brentford a week ago.
Diogo Dalot – 7, solid in defense and cautious on the ball, kept Luis Diaz mostly calm.
Raphael Varane – 7, has done enough to indicate Harry Maguire will not be back with the team next weekend.
Lisandro Martinez – 8, excellent composure on the ball when pressed by Liverpool’s pressing and strong defensively.
Tyrell Malacia – 9, could be fan favorite Great worker, relentless overlapping runs and good anticipation to intercept the Salah supply line.
Scott McTominay – 8, seemed right at home in Ten Hag’s holding role, although he now faces competition from Casemiro.
Christian Eriksen – 6, not always spot on with his passing and performance but worked hard for the team.
Bruno Fernandes – 7, a very good first-half performance, although a caution for a dive took the shine off it.
Marcus Rashford – 8, his best performance in a United shirt in… 18 months? A deserved goal for his effort.
Anthony Elanga – 7, was substituted at half-time but worked hard in the first half to lead the press.
Jadon Sancho – 8, wonderful opening goal that set the tone. Worked extremely hard and appeared full of confidence.
Alisson Becker – 5, hit twice early, saved once at post. Nowhere for the opening goal after buying the dummy. Great save by Rashford just after being beaten by him. Not incredible with his footwork.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 4, shocker of a start with a dangerous foul and failing to stop the cross for the inside goal and then being cautioned, all in 25′. Improved on some of his outside deliveries but missed many challenges defensively.
Joe Gomez – 4, A big block on Rashford to keep it from going two early and made a couple of key recovery runs. Speed over the ground was good, but Gomez lacked aggression for a few challenges where he lost.
Virgil van Dijk – 5, Good on the ball but United often stayed away from him with their build-up play. Defeat Rashford in a one-on-one duel, but don’t close Sancho for the goal. Not nearly his commanding best.
Andy Robertson – 5, Some good runs down the left flank after Liverpool woke up around the 30-minute mark. He had much less to do defensively than his opponent, but did not find a convincing performance in the offensive third.
Jordan Henderson – 3, Deepest midfielder from the start this time but was bypassed very easily in the early stages. Gave away the second goal with a horrible five-second comedy show of misdirection and mistimed tackles. substituted minutes later.
Harvey Elliott – 6, Very quiet in the first half but had the Reds’ best chance with a try that was blocked. Diligent and trying to find some decent combinations for the future but a bit imprecise with passing at times.
James Milner – 6, was the only one of the central three who tried to shake United and produce something in attack but was too slow to come at the end of a few moves. Probably the best of the three midfielders but they didn’t work as a group.
Mohamed Salah – 6, Regularly crowded and unable to connect much with Alexander-Arnold or Elliott while a couple of attempts were blocked or missed the target. I still found a moment to come up with a goal and get a rebound.
Roberto Firmino – 4, still looking very rusty. Extremely deep most of the time – often behind two midfielders – but he served up Salah for a chance. Nothing was offered in the box.
Luis Diaz – 5, The first half of the main exit, able to stretch the game at times and create one-on-ones. He was often fouled to draw yellow cards, but it also prevented him from going close to goal.
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