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Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool ratings: Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez impress but Trent Alexander-Arnold struggles | Football News

Well, who saw that result coming? Manchester United kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool after a disappointing run at Old Trafford.

Jadon Sancho’s early opener was aided by a cool 1-1 finish from Marcus Rashford, with Mohamed Salah straining Old Trafford with his second-half consolation, while Eric Ten Hag was on the defensive. He won his first official match as United manager and made it to the Premier League table.

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david de hair – 6

The Spanish goalkeeper could have sat with his supporters for the first hour. He had little to do. De Gea did well to prevent own goals from substitutes Fabinho and Martinez, but couldn’t stop Salah from consoling them.

De Gea was relatively calm at Old Trafford
David De Gea was relatively undisturbed at Old Trafford

Diogo Dalot – 6

The Portuguese full-back showed occasional lack of concentration, but it was enough to keep Luis Diaz and Co at bay. It’s good that he wasn’t drawn to slide tackles during booking, but right-back could be an area Tenhag is looking to improve on in the final days of the window.

Rafael Varane – 7

The centre-back couldn’t handle Liverpool’s sharpest attack, but he did a good job covering Dalot when Luis Diaz stepped into the penalty area. He made some sharp tackles in the first half and remained confident even while receiving a yellow card for most of this game. is expected.

Lisandro Martinez – 9

How different is one week? Martinez was beaten by Brentford’s attack last week but looked a whole different player at centre-back on Monday. In his first minute, the Argentinean Mohamed told Salah he was not going to interfere with fouls and pushes, and late in the second half James he stopped Milner with a decisive tackle. His clearance from Bruno Fernandes’ near-own goal was more fortunate, but showed his ability to be in the right place at the right time.

Martinez looked like a different player this week
Lisandro Martinez looked like a different player this week

Tyrell Marasia – 8

What a great game for a young full-back to make his full United debut, but he didn’t look out of place. Keeping Salah quiet and sometimes very smart to get the ball off his toes. announced himself at Old Trafford that evening.

Scott McTominay – 8

With £70million recruit Casemiro watching from the stands, the Scots must have been under a lot of pressure. McTominay showed both a cool tackle and a willingness to move forward. The highlight was Bruno’s Fernandez’s gorgeous ball when Anthony’s Elanga hit the post. The midfielder just needs his ball in a good final and he can take the game to an all-around level.

Bruno Fernandes – 7

Exactly what a captain does. The Portuguese midfielder was United’s midfield metronome, making every pass accurate in his first half hour of the game. Fernández was grateful that Martinez was in line to prevent an own goal, and his late bookings his simulation saw him just two blots on a very fruitful night.

Bruno Fernandes shows captain's performance against Liverpool
Bruno Fernandes shows captain’s performance against Liverpool

Christian Eriksen – 7

The Danish midfielder looked very cool and composed alongside Fernandes. The way he kept his cool and didn’t panic in the run-up to Sancho’s goal epitomized just that. Eriksen was also unlucky not to score from a first-half free-kick. Up front in the second half, his influence has waned, but it is a reminder that the Danes can still play at the top level.

Jadon Sancho – 8

What’s his best performance in a United shirt so far? Sancho scored spectacularly and now reproduces these performances more consistently.

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Jadon Sancho kept his composure in front of goal to give Manchester United the lead over Liverpool

Anthony Elanga – 6

The Swedish youngster should have put United in front, but only hit the post when he scored. His half-time withdrawal for tactical reasons was somewhat harsh.

Marcus Rashford – 9

Rashford made an impressive appearance by pushing Alexander-Arnold away in the opening minutes. The Manchester United striker found himself in good areas both up front and outside, eventually putting a period of lack of confidence behind him by slotting home after half-time. An insane second-half run that brought in the goal shows that morale is at its best in a while.

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Marcus Rashford gave a nervous Manchester United lead 2-0 to Liverpool in a 1-1 with Alisson.


Anthony Martial (on at Elanga h/t) – 8

Coordination with French players Rashford and Sancho was a highlight of United’s pre-season and was seen again with the second goal of the game. How he missed the striker in the first few weeks of this season and Ten Hag have multiple options to replace Ronaldo up front.

Fred (instead of Sancho, 71) – 6

Brought in to shore things up in midfield, Liverpool gained a foothold in the game. The Brazilian will struggle in terms of game time if Casemiro picks up speed.

Ronaldo (at Rashford 86) – N/A

A late introduction, but by the time he appeared, most people had forgotten he was part of the team.

Was it Ronaldo's last trip to Old Trafford?
Was it Cristiano Ronaldo’s last trip to Old Trafford?

Van de Beek (replaced Eriksen, 86) – N/A

Despite not doing much since taking office, the Dutch player is well behind the pecking order.


Alison Becker – 6

United’s first goal was a loss to Sancho and a stunning 1-1 loss to Rashford, but you can never fault his side’s performance. He made up for it by holding off Eriksen and Rashford with smart saves.

Trent Alexander Arnold – 4

Not for the first time in his career, Alexander-Arnold’s defensive prowess was really put to the test against United at Old Trafford. The right-back could not handle both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga on the left, with the latter properly booked for the trip. They took up a decent area on offense but kept overhitting passes. A night to forget

Alexander-Arnold struggled on Liverpool's right flank
Trent Alexander-Arnold struggled on Liverpool’s right flank

Joe Gomez – 4

Another victim on United’s left flank – and Gomes – looked quite restless in the match. Playing Rashford in his second onside for United, repeating Nat Phillips’ mistakes against Wilfred Zaha and Crystal Palace last week. Liverpool continue to search for Virgil van Dijk’s perfect centre-back his partner.

Virgil van Dijk – 4

When Van Dijk rejected Rashford in a final ditch one-on-one challenge early on, it looked as if it was another vintage Van Dijk display. Van Dijk then missed his second appearance for United and his partnership with Gomes was disjointed. It looked like

Andy Robertson – 5

Manchester United's Rafael Varane challenges Liverpool's Andrew Robertson for the ball
Manchester United’s Rafael Varane challenges Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson for the ball

Alexander Arnold, like Arnold, was inaccurate going forward and especially when he struggled to deal with Sancho in the first half. His side struggled really hard at Old Trafford, partly because Klopp used the high line, but the Scotsman didn’t show enough progress to justify it and, understandably, was the second half. took off again on

Jordan Henderson – 4

The England international didn’t seem to settle for the No. 6 role. Henderson had more impact when he moved further forward, but left Liverpool open to counter-attacks. was taken.

James Milner – 4

The midfielder spent more time arguing with van Dijk than actually affecting the game. His trio in United’s midfield sometimes danced around him, and nearly at the start of the season he played three of his 90 minutes. It naturally took off for Fabio Carvalho.

Milner struggled against Manchester United's midfield three
James Milner struggled against Manchester United’s midfield three

Harvey Elliott – 5

The youngster occupied some good areas but was another player who couldn’t deal with United’s midfield three. Elliott had a few half-chances at most, but his inexperience became apparent.

Mohamed Salah – 7

In the first half, when he rarely appears in the stadium, he is completely unknown. The Egyptian created an opportunity for Henderson, but the Liverpool captain squandered it with a decent shot from a corner kick in the second half. His goal in the closing stages was the only part of his game that made an impact, but the Liverpool winger knows he can do better.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Manchester United
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

Roberto Firmino – 5

The Brazilian struggled to get into the game and appeared to have rushed back to full fitness. His air kick in the penalty area after halftime summed up his night. Liverpool and Klopp want Darwin Nunez back as soon as possible after serving a three-match suspension.

Luis Diaz – 6

The Colombian showed an elegant touch and the fact that he scored both Dalot and Varane in the first half showed how dangerous he was. Diaz has been well handled by United’s defense, but the winger needs to do more to steal games by the neck if he is to be replaced by Sadio Mane, the pinnacle of the big game. be.


Fabinho (59 replacing Henderson) – 6

We should have scored from a corner, but it was saved by De Gea with a header. Liverpool looked cooler when he arrived, but questions arise.

Fabio Carvalho (substituting for Milner, 73) – 6

Another good addition from Klopp’s Liverpool bench and played a role in Salah’s goal.Carvalho didn’t look out of place at Old Trafford.

Tsimikas (Replacing Robertson, age 85) – N/A

I didn’t have enough time to make an impact.