Manchester United head coach Eric ten Hag enjoyed the start of his start as Manchester United manager with a convincing 4-0 pre-season victory over debilitated rivals Liverpool in Thailand.
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Pre-season tour of Asia
Man Utd put on a good game against Liverpool: Jadon Sancho’s sharp start, Fred’s incredible cross and Anthony Martial’s runaway shot ensured an undeniable three-goal lead at half-time.
Liverpool, who started with five teenagers and didn’t introduce big strikers Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk or Darwin Nunez’s summer contract until the 61st minute, left themselves too much room to catch up.
Manchester United and Liverpool both contributed to an insanely exciting start in front of thousands of waiting fans at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, and it only took 13 minutes for a breakout goal as Sancho fired into the bottom corner after lashing out at Isaac Mabai.
Liverpool youngster Luke Chambers made two attempts to get up to Liverpool level before Luis Diaz shot inches from United’s goal amid a flurry of activity in front of the goal. Kicked casually from 18 yards with his hated right boot.
Klopp made 10 substitutions on the pitch in half an hour, but two quickly turned into three, and Martial marked his return from loan at Sevilla with a brilliant solo goal that saw him sweep into Liverpool’s zone and strike over Alisson Becker.
Liverpool stabilized, but failed to take advantage of 10 substitutions, and the opposition was at half-time and was only able to react in the 70th minute, when Nunez fell into the hands of goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who had replaced the injured David de Gea a few moments earlier.
With a stronger and more familiar Liverpool squad on the field, United were poised for a late onslaught but nipped any hope of a comeback 13 minutes after Pellistri fled to team up with Amad Diallo to score a fourth late in the match.
What’s next for Man Utd – Liverpool?
Manchester United will now travel to Australia ahead of their next pre-season game against Melbourne Victory on Friday.
Liverpool travel to Singapore to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League in the second leg of their schedule on Friday.