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Man Utd beat Liverpool, manager Eric Ten Hager explains decision not to use Ronaldo

26 Aug 2022 | 18:37 | Football

Manchester United beat Liverpool Win your first Premier League victory in the 2022/2023 season. At Old Trafford, the Red Devils took a 2-0 lead with goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford before defending to protect the result. In the end, Manchester United won 2-1 and moved up 5 places to 14th.

It is worth noting that coach Eric Ten Haag did not use the main striker Cristiano Ronaldo in this game. The Portuguese superstar was on the bench to replace Rashford in the 86th minute. According to the Dutch military leader, having Ronaldo on the bench helps Manchester United to be more dynamic in the game.

Man Utd beat Liverpool, manager Eric Ten Hager explains decision not to use Ronaldo - 1

Ronaldo only played 5 minutes against Liverpool.

Liverpool are a top team and we need to put pressure on them.Manchester United need energy in the game, that’s why I use Rashford, Sancho and Anthony Elanga‘, shared coach Eric Ten Haag.

The choice of the former Ajax Amsterdam coach worked. In the 16th minute, Elanga assisted Sancho to score. In the 53rd minute, Rashford doubled the lead. Manchester United’s attack pressure caused Liverpool to be in a hurry at times, and the two sides could not launch the attack normally.

In addition to Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, another pillar of the “Red Devils”, is also on the bench. The Manchester United captain was without a point in the game, although the hosts struggled under pressure from Liverpool in the second half.

Maguire is replaced by Rafael Varane. The French midfielder made an impressive four tackles and nine clearances to help United concede just one goal.

Varane is an experienced player who has won all the credits and brought connections on the defensive end.We want mobility and speed on defense“, coach Eric Ten Haag stressed.

The win over Liverpool helped manager Eric Ten Hager take some of the pressure off. In this game, the “Red Devils” also ushered in the rookie Casemiro. The Brazilian midfielder arrived at Old Trafford with a five-year contract and €60 million transfer fee.

Manchester United will be chasing Anthony (Ajax) and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt) over the next few days. Head coach Eric Ten Hager is sure the home side needs to build on their strengths, but his priority is to focus on existing players.

Hong Nan