MUN 2-1 LIV, Manchester United vs Liverpool Highlights: Sancho, Rashford goals hand United first win of the season

Manchester United has not been able to score a single goal from its players, while Liverpool, which finished second last season, is also without a win, so far in the league.

Published : Aug 22, 2022 20:18 IST

Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring the opening goal during Manchester United vs Liverpool.
Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring the opening goal during Manchester United vs Liverpool. | Photo Credit: AFP

Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring the opening goal during Manchester United vs Liverpool. | Photo Credit: AFP

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Manchester United will travel to the St. Mary’s stadium for its next match against Southampton while Liverpool will host Bournemouth.

The substitution of Martial was spot on as well. The Frenchman added to the woes of Liverpool and was crucial in United scoring the second goal.

Ten Hag’s decisions paid off. The partnership of Martinez and Varane was solid at the back and made some crucial saves for the hosts. Up front, Sancho and Rashford proved a handful for Liverpool’s back line.

The win takes United to 14th place in the table with one win and two losses. Liverpool go below United and fall to 16th place with just two points from three games.

A crucial win for Manchester United and their new manager. Liverpool, on the other hand, find themselves deeper in trouble. The Reds are yet to win a game this season.

Full Time : Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Erik Ten Hag punches the air! It is a first win for the Dutchman. United beats Liverpool for the first time since 2018. The game close with Salah’s goal but the home side was able to see it out and secure its first points of the season.

United wins a corner and shows some smart time management skills. Martial wins another throw in seconds later and Liverpool cannot get the ball out of its own half.


Trent lobs a freekick long and the players play pinball in the air. United finally clears the ball away and its fans finally breathe in with some ease.


The fourth official puts up the board. Old Trafford groans in displeasure as five minutes are added on.


Liverpool are mounting attempts. The ball is rolling out for a goal kick but Carvalho thinks of giving it a chase. Martinez blocks and Carvalho rams into the Argentine.


Liverpool is absolutely decked into the opposition half. All 10 outfield players are in the United half.

85’ Substitution
Liverpool : In - Kostas Tsimikas Out - Andrew Robertson
Manchester United : In - Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Wan-Bissaka Out - Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot
81’ LIVERPOOL SCORES! Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool. It is not over yet
United fails to clear the ball from the corner and Carvalho is able to find a power driven shot. David de Gea saves it, but Salah leaps to head the rebound into the net. Grab your popcorn folks!
Vintage de Gea
Martinez is attempting a clearance from a cross but mishits. The ball is going into the net but de Gea with a heroic save.

Some intent from Carvalho as he moves the ball from the left. He finds Robertson on the run and passes. Robertson completes a cross but there is no Liverpool shirt to head the ball home.


Firmino connects from a corner but is way too deep in the box to cause any trouble for de Gea.

Too good from Rashford!
Marcus Rashford goes past not one, not two, but three Liverpool players. He is in ample space to take a shot but puts too much power behind it. The ball goes just above the cross bar.
74’ Yellow card for Bruno Fernandes
United is building an attack from the right but Fernandes goes down without any contact on a common ball and the referee sees it. The Portugese’s name goes into the book.
73’ Substitution - Liverpool
In - Fabio Carvalho Out - James Milner

Probably a safe bet by the Dutch manager. He gets on Fred with the hope of containing any Liverpool attacks and maintaining the two-goal lead.

70’ Substitution - Manchester United
In - Fred Out - Jaden Sancho

It is United’s turn to build up play from the back. The move cooks well until Dalot’s long range pass to Rashford goes out of reach and into Alisson’s hands.


Fabinho gets the ball at the far post from the corner, but is unable to put any power in the shot. The ball is safely in the hands of de Gea and Liverpool has to fall back.


Salah drives the ball down the right flank. Malacia keeps up with the Egyptian and is able to play the ball out for a corner.


Liverpool is able to string together a series of passes. They are patient with the build up but Elliot runs in behind a little to early and is caught offside. Still nothing for the Reds.


Firmino gets a dolly of a pass in the box but he mistimes his volley and the attack fizzles out. Liverpool is just not able to find a way to get a shot on target.


Dalot dinks the ball in from the right side and Bruno is waiting to pounce. He surprises and goes for a volley but Alisson is able to stop the shot. By the looks of it, Fernandes was offside.

58’ Substitution - Liverpool
In - Fabinho Out - Jordan Henderson

Elliot with a shot from the right side but that is too ambitious and the ball goes wide.

56’ United is relentless
Rashford attempts a shot through a score of bodies. The ball somehow evades everyone and is headed for the bottom right corner. Alisson is awake and paries the ball out of play for a United corner.

There is an offside check but the goal stands and Old Trafford erupts in jubilation.

53’ RASHFORD SCORES!!!!! United leads 2-0
Martial wins the ball at the centre circle, and Liverpool is punished for maintaining a high line. Rashford gets in behind and flies past the Liverpool centre-backs. He is one-on-one with Alisson and slots the ball into the net with ease.

Malacia wins a free kick as Elliot lashes in an attempt to win the ball.


Another delivery from Trent, this time from a corner. He goes straight to Salah who tries a volley from the edge of the box. A difficult attempt which he hits way high into the stands.


Liverpool wins a free kick on the right side. Trent with a delivery that is aimed at the far post but Varane stands tall to clear the ball out of danger.

The second half is underway.

Manchester United with a change - Anthony Martial comes in place of Anthony Elanga. Liverpool on the other hand goes unchanged.

The second half action is about to get underway.

Fabinho is seen warming up on the field. Will the Brazilian be brought on at the start of the second half? Liverpool certainly is in need of some control down the centre of the field.

Jurgen Klopp’s dissatisfaction with his side was evident when the German ran off to the dressing room as soon as the half-time whistle blew.

Erik Ten Hag will be delighted with what he has seen. United has been relentless in the middle of the pitch. Rashford, Sancho and Fernandes have been difficult to manage and eventually won the goal for the home team.


Half-Time! The free kick comes to nothing for Liverpool and Manchester Unites is able to see out the half. It has managed to go into the 15-minute break with a slender lead.

45’ A yellow card for Dalot
Dalot dives to snatch the ball off Diaz’s feet but mistimes the tackle. Some theatrics from the Colombian also help but that tackle was late.
Liverpool blocked off the line!
Milner’s header from a corner is going wide but Fernandes attempts to clear just to be safe. He, however, mistimes the hit and the ball is moving onto the goal. Thankfully, for the Red Devils, Martinez is at the line and stops an own goal.

Salah lands with the ball inside the box. He attempts a shot by Martinez dives in front to save the shot.


Liverpool continues to attempt attacks from the right flank. This time Elliot threads a pass to the middle of the box but Varane jumps in to clear the ball.


Fernandes and Milner go for a common ball and the United player reaches first. Milner is late and concedes a foul in the centre of the pitch.


Milner was in behind from the right side but Martinez charges with a confident tackle to steal the ball. Liverpool’s No. 7 has had a night to forget.


A scrappy stretch of play. Both sides win possession on multiple occasions but are unable to keep the ball. United has lost some of the momentum it gained after its goal.


United attempts some one-two moves on the left flank but Liverpool wins the ball back and tries to counter. The attempt is broken by Malacia.


Malacia, on his debut, is put under pressure by Salah on Liverpool’s right flank. But United’s new signing is able to keep his cool and move the ball out of danger.


Luis Diaz wins a corner for Liverpool. The delivery is into a good area but United clear it away. A cross is attempted subsequently but goes long.


Brilliant work from Dalot! Luis Diaz and Dalot are in a tussle for the ball. The Portugese first steals the ball and then wins a foul to break the Liverpool attack.


Eriksen takes an audacious attempt at the goal from the right side and is not far from finding the net. Alisson takes no risk and gets a touch on the ball to ensure safety.


Elanga with beautiful feet! He beats Trent and the Liverpool right back fouls him in a bid to stop him. United wins a freekick. A yellow card for Trent.


Liverpool brings the ball from the right flank with Salah’s dribble. The Egyptian is unable to find a way through. The Reds’ eventually find a way down the right side but Milner is unable to chase the through ball and its a goal kick for United.


Sancho again manages to find Rashford breaking out into a run. Rashford is able to find a shot but the Liverpool defence has all angles covered and blocks the shot.

17’ Manchester United scores! Leads 1-0
Sublime from Sancho! He gets a pass from the left flank. He fakes a shot which sends Milner flying past. He then turns back to the goal and finds the left corner as Van Dijk can only look at the ball fly past him.

Fernandes pin points a pass to Eriksen in the middle of the penalty area but there’s too many Liverpool shirts in the box to allow a shot

10’ United hits the woodwork!
United is tearing the central defence of Liverpool. This time it is Fernandes who breaks away down the middle. Alisson rushes forward to block the run but only deflects the ball into Elanga’s path. Elanga with an open goal in front of him hits the shot onto the right goal post.

The corner has too much weight and fails to find any United shirt and the attack fizzles out to nothing.


Martinez with the free kick. He goes for power but fails to clear the wall. The ball takes a deflection and goes for a corner.


Another good run by United’s No. 10 and Trent is left chasing. He comes in with a tackle from behind but the referee stops the play for a foul. A chance for United.


Rashford manages to get in behind the defensive line. But, Van Dijk recovers well and blocks the left-footed shot by Rashford. The first real burst of pace by Manchester United.


The game starts at a rapid pace. Liverpool has had more ball possession so far, but they’ve not yet managed a good entry into the final third.

Kick off!

The teams are on the pitch.

Manchester United will face Liverpool at Old Trafford in its third Premier League fixture this season. The team has lost its first two matches - to Brighton and Hove Albion and, Brentford - and sits second from bottom in the league table.

Frenzied talk of billionaires wanting — or, in the case of Elon Musk, not wanting — to buy Manchester United has topped the sports agenda in Britain this week.

A future without the Glazer family as owners? Yes please, many increasingly disheartened United fans would say after nearly a decade of underperformance by one of the world’s most storied sports teams.

And however unlikely that immediate prospect is — after all, the club is not for sale despite Jim Ratcliffe, one of Britain’s richest people, expressing an interest this week — it’s something many of those supporters will be calling for during an anti-Glazer march planned by a fans’ group ahead of United’s game against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday.

The last time such a protest took place before a home match against Liverpool, in May last year, thousands filled the concourse outside Old Trafford, flares were set off, the stadium was stormed and one of world soccer’s biggest fixtures was called off.

For some, a repeat scenario would not be unwelcome.

There cannot be many United fans looking forward to the prospect of Liverpool, the team’s fiercest rival, coming to Old Trafford given what has transpired in the opening two rounds of the season.

In fact, it’s enough to fill them with dread.

Two games. Two losses. Six goals conceded. Only one goal scored, and even that was an own-goal. Oh, and to top it off, United is in last place.

If the 2-1 opening-weekend loss at home to Brighton was bad, the ensuing 4-0 thrashing by Brentford on Saturday was widely deemed to be one of the worst results in United’s recent history.

Hence, the inevitable hysteria. Is Erik ten Hag, who joined from Ajax in the offseason, the wrong appointment as manager? Is Lisandro Martinez the wrong signing at center back? Why hasn’t United signed a defensive midfielder yet? Is this the end for Cristiano Ronaldo at United?

Over the past week, a slew of players in a number of different positions have been linked with United in the final days of the transfer window, including holding midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid and American winger Christian Pulisic from Chelsea. Casemiro's move looks likely to go through after he told Real Madrid he wants to leave, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ronaldo has teased on Instagram about his future, saying the media has been “telling lies” and, rather cryptically, that “they know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks.”

Then there was the drama of Musk tweeting he was buying United before saying several hours later that it was a joke, and Ratcliffe emerging as a potential buyer if the club that the majority shareholder of chemical group Ineos has supported since childhood was put up for sale.

It’s rarely quiet around United, whether the team is doing well or badly.

And imagine if United is beaten again on Monday, to open a season with three straight defeats for the first time in the Premier League era (from 1992). How huge would the fourth game — against Southampton away — be for Ten Hag then?

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk isn't taking anything for granted, though, even if his team beat United 5-0 and 4-0 last season.

“They are a good team, in my opinion," Van Dijk said. "They have good players all over the pitch.

“Obviously they’re not in the best situation, confidence-wise, probably, but it’s the perfect game to turn it around for them.”

The same could be said for Liverpool, which has also underwhelmed so far with draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace and is already four points behind title rival Manchester City.

Injuries are taking their toll, with players like Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota out, while the thrust and energy of the departed forward Sadio Mane is sorely missed. The man who effectively replaced Mane, Darwin Núñez, is suspended for the United match after getting sent off for headbutting an opponent against Palace.

Liverpool keeps getting off to slow starts, too, having conceded first in eight of its last nine matches in all competitions.

If United was to win, suddenly a lot of the heat might switch to Jurgen Klopp.

On current form, though, that looks unlikely. Stretching back to the end of last season, United is on a four-match losing run and its players are still getting used to Ten Hag's methods.

It will be interesting to see, for example, if United continues to play out from the back — the approach which backfired badly against Brentford — or takes a more pragmatic view against a Liverpool team so strong at pressing from the front.

And will Ronaldo start again? He was rushed back against Brentford, despite not being match-sharp after missing much of preseason, and there's still so much uncertainty over his future.

“He is in our plans, that's what I can say,” Ten Hag said Friday, when asked if Ronaldo would be at the club when the transfer window closes on Sept. 1.

First of all, though, let's see if the match regarded as the biggest in English soccer actually goes ahead this time.

“I can only say the owners want to win and the fans – we want them behind the club,” Ten Hag said of the planned prematch protest. “I can understand sometimes (the sentiment) but I am not that long in the club to see all the background.

"We have to fight together and be unified.”

(with inputs from AP)

Where is Manchester United vs Liverpool being played?

Manchester United vs Liverpool is being played at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England.

When is Manchester United vs Liverpool in the Premier League?

The match between Man United vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 12:30 am kick-off IST (August 23).

Where can I watch Manchester United vs Liverpool?

The Premier League fixture – Manchester United vs Liverpool – will be aired on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD.

Is Manchester United vs Liverpool being live streamed?

The Man United vs Liverpool match will be live streamed on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.

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