Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the defending in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. After both sides were winless in their first two games, United put on an impressive counter-attacking performance to hand Erik ten Hag his first win as manager. Jadon Sancho opened the scoring before Marcus Rashford doubled their advantage. Mohammed Salah grabbed a consolation goal late on.
“Liverpool were absolutely shocking defensively. They were not at the races at all. Every time United went forward in that first half they looked like they were going to score. It was embarrassing. Liverpool was all over the place,” Jamie Carragher said. “United were outstanding, but Liverpool weren’t ready for a derby game. They didn’t look ready for the game and that will worry Jurgen Klopp right now. Manchester United got a lot of criticism for their defending at Brentford and Liverpool should be getting exactly the same treatment after this.”
“I’m really proud as a Manchester United fan watching these players and I never thought I’d say that after the past few weeks. The fight, spirit, and energy from Manchester United were brilliant,” Gary Neville added. “I’m absolutely stunned, I didn’t think that was possible. I couldn’t believe what I was watching in those first 45 minutes. I didn’t think Manchester United was capable. This is a massive turnaround. I don’t know what’s happened this week on the training ground, but they’ve responded. I don’t know what it is but I cannot believe what I have witnessed. They outrun Liverpool, they outsprinted Liverpool.”
“Going into the game, the manager made some big calls dropping Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo, and the players responded. They were excellent,” Roy Keane added. “It’s a huge boost for Ten Hag. It will give everyone a lift and the feel-good factor will be back for a few days. They deserved the criticism last week but they were outstanding tonight. Great commitment, great desire. Tonight they deserve all the plaudits.”
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