Manchester United vs Liverpool: Red Devils battle to huge win against bitter rivals


MANCHESTER — Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 as a display full of fight, grit and quality stunned Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Erik ten Hag era has officially started at Manchester United.

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Jadon Sancho scored a classy goal to set United on their way to a first win under Erik ten Hag, while Marcus Rashford punished more slack Liverpool defending with a fine finish on the counter. Liverpool did pull a goal back late on through Mohamed Salah, but it was too little too late.

Erik ten Hag left Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire out of the starting lineup and new signings Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia, plus Scott McTominay, Raphael Varane and Diogo Dalot, totally justified those huge calls.

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In truth, every single United player ran themselves into the ground for the cause and this was a hugely positive reaction to their disappointing defeats against Brighton and Brentford to open the season.

With the win United have three points, climbing above Liverpool who have two points from their opening three games. This was Liverpool’s first defeat in 22 Premier League games, as Klopp will point to huge injury issues but his side simply didn’t turn up for most of one of their biggest games of the season.


What we learned from Manchester United vs Liverpool

Liverpool’s midfield overrun: Starting James Milner and Harvey Elliott ahead of Fabinho didn’t quite work and Liverpool’s midfield was so easy to play through in the first half. Missing Thiago and Naby Keita is a blow but Jordan Henderson couldn’t hold things down on his own and Fabinho was missed badly as Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez was left ruthlessly exposed. When Fabinho came on in the second half they improved, but it wasn’t enough. This game exposed Liverpool’s lack of signings in midfield and Klopp may well go to his board and ask for a midfield addition before the window shuts. Liverpool’s worst start to a PL season in 10 years underlines their struggles, but this set in at the end of last season and they can’t keep fighting back in games.

Fired up United back up Erik ten Hag’s big calls: Leaving out Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire was a huge call by Erik ten Hag and boy did he get it right. Malacia, Varane, McTominay and Elanga all come into the starting lineup and they all added grit and passion, while Lisandro Martinez played like a man possessed as his early challenge on Mohamed Salah (who he squared up to after) set the tone. United bullied Liverpool. That doesn’t happen often, if ever, to Liverpool. Erik ten Hag wanted a reaction and he certainly got it. And then some. When Old Trafford is rocking like it was against Liverpool, few stadiums can match it.

Fans put aside protests to create cauldron of noise to inspire side: There were protests against United’s owners outside the ground before the game and in the ground during it, but the fans also totally backed their players. They can be angry with their players for bad displays but United’s fans are incredible loyal and they created a cauldron of noise to inspire their players. As soon as a few players rattled into challenges, United’s fans got even louder and they never stopped. The anti-Glazer chants continued throughout but the real noise was reserved for the battling display on the pitch from Manchester United’s players.

Tactical focus

Manchester United’s 4-2-3-1 system worked really well as Rashford could get in-behind centrally, plus Elanga and Sancho pinned back Liverpool’s full backs. It was a brave move from Erik ten Hag but it was aided by totally dominating midfield. McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Eriksen all ran themselves into the ground and aside from a 15 minute period at the end of the first half, Liverpool were never allowed to dictate the tempo of the game. United then had quality in the final third to make all of their hard work count.

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Stars of the show

Scott McTominay: Fantastic industry in midfield and helped get United on the front foot so often. Never stopped running.

Lisandro Martinez: Launched himself into tackles time and time again and looked so much better being asked to play on the front foot. Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia all fed off Martinez’s energy.

Mohamed Salah: Got his goal and the one Liverpool player who oozed class whenever he got on the ball. He has 10 goals against Man United, more than any other Liverpool player in history.

What’s next?

Manchester United travel to Southampton for the early kick off on Saturday, Aug. 27, while Liverpool host Bournemouth on the same day.

How to watch Manchester United vs Liverpool live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET
TV Channel: Peacock
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Analysis: Joe Prince-Wright on-site at Old Trafford for minute-by-minute coverage

Manchester United vs Liverpool live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at Old Trafford

FULL TIME: A huge roar engulfs Old Trafford, as Manchester United hold on for a massive, statement win for Erik ten Hag. Gutsy display from every single United player. The Erik ten Hag era is off and running!

GOALLL! Mohamed Salah makes it 2-1. He heads home after David de Gea initially saved. Tension is building here now. Game on!

Brilliant save from De Gea to deny Martinez’s clearance, which going in.

United almost get a third as Rashford lashes over. They look so dangerous on the counter attack now. Liverpool throwing players forward trying to get one back.

SAVE! Alisson tips away a shot from Rashford after Varane decided to juggle the ball on his own for a while. Just insanity here at Old Trafford.

GOALLLLL! This place has gone bonkers. Marcus Rashford is played in by Anthony Martial and slots home. After a lengthy VAR check for offside, the goal stands. Wow. Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool.

We are back underway for the second half here. Anthony Martial on for Anthony Elanga. The Swedish winger had Alexaner-Arnold on toast, so surely there had to be an injury for him?

HALF TIME: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool. Wow. What a 45 minutes from the Red Devils. Who saw that coming!?

Liverpool getting their act together now. They’re seeing lots more of the ball and building attacks. This is more like it from Jurgen Klopp’s side. United need to get to half time 1-0 up. They should be further ahead.

How lucky was that!? Bruno Fernandes tries to smash the ball clear but hits it straight at Lisandro Martinez, who was on the line. How did that not hit his outstretched arm!?

As we get out breath back a little after an absolutely wild game here at Old Trafford, a reminder that you can join me at Old Trafford as Nick Mendola, Andy Edwards and I answer your questions. This should be a lot of fun.

GOALLLL! Old Trafford goes absolutely wild as Jadon Sancho controls and slots home brilliantly. What a moment. What a goal. Wow. That is totally deserved! United have been excellent in these first 15 minutes. Erik ten Hag is loving it.

POST! Anthony Elanga hits the post after being one-on-one with Alisson. Lovely ball from McTominay and then from Bruno Fernandes to set him up. Elanga had to score there. What a chance for United. Everyone here at Old Trafford thought that was in!

United going long, early and often, and they have Liverpool on the back foot. Manchester United’s fans are loving this approach. Where was this against Brighton and at Brentford?

Free kick to Manchester United right on the edge of the box. Trent Alexander-Arnold catches Marcus Rashford.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a tackle cause that much noise, as United fly into several challenges in their own half one after another. Manchester United’s fans very happy with the commitment of their team early on.

KICK OFF: We are off and Lisandro Martinez clatters into Mohamed Salah and then fronts him up. Fair to say Martinez is fired up. Lovely start to this clash.

The teams are coming out, the atmosphere is crackling here. Let’s go.

My thoughts ahead of this huge clash.

Our crew break down the big team news…

BREAKING: Manchester United drop captain Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Fred and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting lineup, as Varane, McTominay, Malacia and Elanga come in. It looks like a 4-2-3-1 for United with Eriksen and McTominay in the holding midfield roles. Liverpool have a very weak bench due to their injury issues, while Harvey Elliott starts over Fabinho in midfield. That is a huge call from Jurgen Klopp. Naby Keita is absent through injury for Liverpool, as reports about his future at Anfield continue to circle.

Hello and welcome to a muggy Manchester evening for what should be an enthralling clash between these bitter rivals! The two most successful teams in English soccer history are struggling to start this season with United hoping to not lose the first three games of a season for the first-ever time in the PL era, while Liverpool have drawn both of their opening games which hardly matches their title aspirations.

Thrown into the mix that Erik ten Hag is struggling to win over United’s fans (and perhaps his players) just a few months into his tenure, plus Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool hit by injuries but always eager to flex their title credentials, and this should be a beauty. Let’s take a look at the sights around Old Trafford as kick off approaches…

Key storylines

United are still reeling from their shocking 4-0 defeat at Brentford, as Erik ten Hag’s side were 4-0 down after 35 minutes and caused so many of their own problems with huge mistakes and naive play in defense. Off the back of losing at home to Brighton, there is serious discontent growing among the fanbase, while Cristiano Ronaldo continues to stir the pot as he said he will make an announcement in two weeks regarding speculation about his future at the club. Even though United have agreed to sign Brazilian midfielder Casemiro from Real Madrid (a huge upgrade on their current options) there is still a dark cloud hanging over Old Trafford. Only a shock win against Liverpool would lift it and that would only be momentarily as Erik ten Hag has to usher in a new style of player with a group of players seriously lacking in confidence.

As for Liverpool, they have hardly had a good start to the new season. Klopp’s side have looked vulnerable defensively and Darwin Nunez was sent off for headbutting Joachim Andersen as he flipped at Anfield against Crystal Palace. Injuries have been mounting up too as Klopp has few options in defense and midfield early in the season. That said, Liverpool still look very dangerous in attack and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz will be licking their chops at the prospect of facing this beleaguered Manchester United defense. Liverpool have never won three-straight league games away at Manchester United, while Salah has scored eight goals in his last four games against United in all competitions.

In-form players to keep an eye on

For United, there are no players in form. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have tried their best to get United going in attack but have spent most of the first two games of the season defending. Christian Eriksen really struggled in a deeper midfield role at Brentford but perhaps the arrival of Casemiro (he won’t be available for this game) will give United extra defensive solidity and Eriksen will thrive alongside him. At the back, Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez both continue to struggle, while David de Gea had a nightmare at Brentford last time out.

Liverpool’s Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah have both looked sharp early in the season but Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have looked a little shaky amid some defensive struggles. Nat Phillips was badly caught out against Crystal Palace and it is likely Joe Gomez will come in at center back.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup

Victor Lindelof and Facuno Pellistri are both out, while Anthony Martial is back in training and could play some part. Martial being back is a big boost for United as he was flying in preseason in a fluid front three. It will be intriguing to see if Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Scott McTominay all start after coming on at half time at Brentford.

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup

Liverpool have a lengthy injury list as Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Caoimhin Kelleher and Calvin Ramsay are all out. Klopp starts Firmino, Diaz and Salah in attack, as the former has just returned from a muscle injury. In midfield he has gone with Jordan Henderson, Harvey Elliott and James Milner, with Fabinho not starting.

Manchester City vs Manchester United: How to watch FA Cup Final


It’s a Manchester derby in the FA Cup Final for the first time in tournament history when Manchester City and Manchester United trade blows at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Not that any more juice is needed for an FA Cup Final or a derby, let alone both, but Manchester United can deny Man City its hopes of joining the Red Devils as a treble winner.

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And a win for Erik ten Hag would give him a domestic cup double in his first season as United boss, leaving Pep Guardiola to max out as a Premier League and Champions League winner should City beat Inter later this month.

The FA Cup has been played since 1871, and Man United’s 12 tournament wins trail only Arsenal’s 12. United last won in 2016 and appeared in 2018.

City has rung up six FA Cup wins and last claimed the prize in 2019.

Man City smashed Manchester United 6-3 in October on a double hat trick day spread between Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, but United won 2-1 at Old Trafford early in 2023 to split the season series.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Manchester United.

How to watch Manchester City vs Manchester United live, FA Cup Final fstream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
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Man City (-200) vs Manchester United (+525) | Draw over 120 mins (+375)

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antony. OUT: Lisandro Martinez, Marcel Sabitzer, Donny van de Beek.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few to claim such an honor.

The Premier League winners three times running could have an FA Cup under their belt by the time the Champions League Final in Istanbul arrives on June 10.

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Should City get past rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup Final, Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09.

And it would forever burn United to have domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
Online: Live updates via
How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier Leagueb club to win it.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish

Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson was in temporary charge but he has now moved on with B.J. Callaghan taking over an interim basis as the search for a new permanent head coach continues.

After both the general manager (Brian McBride) and sporting director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months, Matt Crocker has arrived as U.S. Soccer’s new sporting director and has some huge decisions coming up as the USMNT’s talented youngsters need some guidance with a World Cup on home soil just three years away.

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As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil. 

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup | **** Gold Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights

at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — Won 7-1 | Recap & highlights + Player ratings
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Won 1-0 | Recap & highlights
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details

vs Mexico ** — June 15, 10pm ET — Las Vegas, Nevada (Nations League semifinal)

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 

vs Jamaica**** — June 24, 9:30pm ET — Chicago, Illinois 
vs TBD****
— June 28, 9:30pm ET — St. Louis, Missouri 
vs Nicaragua****
— July 2, 7pm ET — Charlotte, North Carolina

October 2023

vs Germany* — October 14, 3pm ET — Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
vs Ghana* — October 17, 8:30pm ET — GEODIS Park, Nashville, TN

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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USWNT release 2023 World Cup jerseys


The USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys have arrived and the Stars and Stripes will certainly stand out from the crowd at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

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Vlatko Andonovski’s side are going for a third-straight World Cup title, something which has never been achieved in the history of the men’s and women’s game.

Led by Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn, this USWNT side have so much experience but there are also exciting young talents coming through with Mallory Swanson and Trinity Rodman excelling in recent months.

Below is a closer look at the the new USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys, with the away kit also to be worn by the USMNT.

USWNT 2023 World Cup jerseys

U.S. Soccer say that the inspiration for the jerseys are “from abstract expressionism, an international art movement that started in the 1940s in New York and shifted the art epicenter from Europe to the U.S., similar to what the USA team has done for women’s soccer.”

They add there is “a custom USA ‘signature'” as the “bespoke mark is hand painted with ink on paper, and is a nod to the abstract expressionism movement, where each artist would sign their painting. Lastly, the USA’s inner pride mark celebrates the USWNT’s four Women’s World Cup championships in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019.”

When it comes to the home kit, U.S. Soccer say it is “an unexpected take on the tradition of wearing white at home and features a bespoke drip paint technique pattern. Highlighting the energy of the USWNT and how they are diverse players and personalities, but always united, the action painting method pattern features a distinctive placement, making every single jersey unique.”

Courtesy: US Soccer

For the blue away kit, which will be worn by both the USWNT and USMNT, there are “bespoke stars and stripe print on the sleeve cuffs – a diagonal stripe with intersecting stars – and a neckline that also features red blades, formed to look like the tip of stars.”

They add that those shapes are “subtle, patriotic nods to the hidden shapes that are inspired by abstract expressionism art.”

Courtesy: US Soccer

Here is a look at both USWNT World Cup jerseys in a little more detail, plus the USMNT showing off their new away kits.