|Manchester United Stamen|
|１||David de Gea|
|10→20||Rashford → Diogo Dallo|
|18→21||B. Fernandes → Edinson Cavani|
|４||Filgil van Dijk|
|９→10||Firmino → Sadio Mane|
Liverpool vs. Manchester United has become a traditional matchup, so much so that it is now called the National Derby.
This season, the two teams clashed on the ninth day of the season.
In this article, we’ll take a look at this historic matchup between the two teams, along with the turning points that separated them.
- Pre-Match Analysis of the matchup between the two teams
- Manchester United's home game against Liverpool
- The home team failed to take advantage of their chances.
Pre-Match Analysis of the matchup between the two teams
While Liverpool is still undefeated in the Premier League, Manchester United has lost two of their last three games.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp started new signing Ibraima Konate at center back for the first time in the fifth round against Crystal Palace. The newcomer, who has played just one league game this season, started in the first game of the season. In addition, Mane, who has scored five goals in eight league games, was left out of the starting lineup.
Manchester United, on the other hand, started with almost their entire squad, except for the injured Raphael Varane, a center back who has been impressive so far.
Manchester United will be looking to take advantage of their home field advantage against a Liverpool side that has been playing very well.
Let’s take a look at the starting lineup for both teams.
Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool
It must have been a nightmare night for the Manchester United supporters. Liverpool beat the home team 5-0. It was the first time in history that Manchester United lost by five goals in the Premier League. It was the first time in the history of the Premier League that Manchester United had ever lost by five goals, and to lose so badly to their long-time rivals for the league championship, the damage was immeasurable.
Navi Keita scored a goal in the 5th minute of the first half, and then Jota scored in the 13th minute to give the home team the lead.
The first two goals of the game may have taken a toll on the home team, but Manchester United showed no signs of letting up, and Liverpool completely dominated the game.
In the 50th minute of the second half, Mohamed Salah scored his third goal of the game to make it 5-0. And in the 60th minute, Paul Pogba was sent off. Of course, Manchester United didn’t have the energy to fight back, and the game was over.
This was a match that will be remembered for years to come. Even though the two teams were not in the same condition before the game, they are still two of the best teams in the Premier League.
So how did they end up with such a huge difference? Let’s take a look at the four turning points that divided the match.
Point 1: The home team failed to take their chances early in the first half.
If the home team had been able to take this big chance early in the first half, it could have changed the course of the match.
Four minutes into the first half, Flegge picked up a loose ball in midfield and immediately passed it to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend received the ball and dropped it to Mason Greenwood, who in turn passed it to free man Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder’s shot went wide, but it was too little, too late.
The mistake may not have been noticeable since it was so early in the game. However, it would have changed the course of the game if the Portuguese midfielder had been able to take this big chance.
Manchester United had been dominating the game for the entirety of the game (only three minutes) until this chance. If B. Fernandes had scored this chance, the home team could have taken control of the game.
It is nonsense to think about ifs in the world of sports, but the team that won the game by a historic margin may have been Manchester United.
Point 2: A crucial mistake in the defensive line
Even though the away team scored a goal in the fifth minute of the first half, this one goal was not enough to decide the outcome of the game.
Naturally, Liverpool came out firing, but United countered sharply (though not with big chances), and the home team didn’t look discouraged yet.
However, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson roughly kicked a cross that was met by center back Harry Maguire and side back Luke Shaw. The ball spilled and was taken by Naby Keita. The England defender then sent a cross into the penalty area after being set free by Trent Alexander-Arnold on the flank. The English defender sent a cross into the penalty area, and it wasn’t hard for Diogo Jota to slot home a good cross.
It was a shame that the second goal was scored due to a mistake in the defensive line right after the first goal, when the game could have gone back to the home team.
Point 3: Don’t take advantage of the gap created by the away team
The second goal seemed to have settled the game, but the away team had a small opening.
In the 27th minute of the first half, James Milner, who had been making his presence felt in the midfield with his aggressive defense and solid ball distribution, was forced off with a hamstring injury. The veteran midfielder was replaced by youngster Curtis Jones, who was clearly nervous about the big game and had trouble getting his foot on the ball.
Despite scoring two goals, Liverpool could not control the ball as much as they wanted.
However, Manchester United were unable to exploit the gaps created by the away team. But Manchester United couldn’t exploit the gaps created by the away team, and it was Liverpool who gradually took control of the ball and scored their third goal in the 38th minute of the first half.
Between the 26th minute when Milner was replaced and the 38th minute when the third goal was scored, Manchester United had more chances than any other team. If only Manchester United had been able to mount a counterattack in that time frame, the home team might have had a chance to take the points.
The home team failed to take advantage of their chances.
In this article, I introduced the three turning points that divided the match.
In retrospect, if Manchester United had been able to take one of their many chances early in the first half, the game could have gone very differently.
It was a traditional matchup that ended in an emphatic victory for Liverpool. United lost to their rivals, and their manager is now being questioned about his future. The away team, on the other hand, is not in a position to celebrate with all hands on deck, with Naby Keita and James Milner out injured and the midfielders unsettled.
It’s a big difference, but it’s still one game. What is more important is how to move forward. All eyes will be on the future of both teams.