Bangkok: Manchester United’s 4-0 thrashing of rivals Liverpool on Tuesday in Bangkok gave new manager Erik ten Hag a major lift in his first game in command and got their preseason off to a flying start.
In contrast to a United team that was more physically fit and took advantage of a string of first-half mistakes in Bangkok by scoring three goals in the span of 21 minutes, Liverpool were tired and on the back foot for much of the game.
Prior to United scoring after 12 minutes when the Liverpool defence mishandled a Bruno Fernandez cross, Liverpool had the better of the early play.
Jadon Sancho then scored into the bottom corner.Soon after, Liverpool came dangerously close to tying the score when newly acquired Fabio Carvalho’s drive beat goalkeeper David de Gea and cannoned against the far post. Luis Diaz snagged the ball in the ensuing melee and struck the upright.However, United maintained control as chances from Marcus Rashford or Scott McTominay caused Liverpool some trouble.
On the half-hour mark, United increased their lead after Fernandez and Antoine Martial combined before passing the ball to Fred, whose skillful finish soared over the reach of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.