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Unrecognisable Man Utd punish woeful Liverpool for Ten Hag's first win

An unrecognisable Manchester United performance of class and intensity saw goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford earn a deserved 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

United had endured a week of intense criticism after their 4-0 hammering at Brentford last weekend, but responded in style to leapfrog Jurgen Klopp's side and earn a first league win over their bitter rivals since March 2018, and Erik ten Hag's first as United manager.

"I cannot believe what I have just watched," stunned former Man Utd defender Gary Neville told Monday Night Football. "This has to be a sign of things to come because what we have seen tonight, we haven't seen for 12 months."

They had rattled their visitors even before Sancho was given time to turn onto his left foot in the box and fire past an unsighted Alisson (16), and David de Gea did not have a save to make before the break.

Instead, United kept up their early promise and doubled their advantage eight minutes into the second period, when half-time arrival Anthony Martial set Rashford free to beat Alisson at his near post.

Manchester United got a lot of criticism for their defending at Brentford last week and Liverpool should be getting exactly the same treatment after this," said Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher about his former club.

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