Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag’s reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly


There were some unlikely heroes in Manchester United’s pre-season clash with Liverpool which saw the Red Devils run out of surprise winners 4-0.

Forgotten man Anthony Martial scored Man United’s third goal with a delightful finish on the pressed Alisson. In contrast, Liverpool big money Darwin Nunez fired a shot from just over six yards over the bar.

Martial looked electric in Bangkok
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Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag's reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly
Erik ten Hag’s first game in charge couldn’t have gone better for him
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Jadon Sancho started the ball rolling for Man United by bringing home a loose ball in the 12th minute.

Fred made it 2-0 as he deftly lobbed fellow Brazilian Alisson with a delicious chip from the edge of the box.

After Martial made it 3-0 on 33 minutes the game was over but the Red Devils put some shine to the scoreline with academy star Facundo Pellistri adding another in the 77th minute .

By contrast, Nunez, who joined the Reds in what could be a record £85m deal earlier this summer, kicked the ball over the bar after Mohamed Salah’s shot returned from the post with goaltender Tom Heaton.

Ten Hag said after the game: “I know we have good players, now we have to build a team. I’m happy with the first game.

“It will take a long time [to get this team playing my way]. I saw a lot of mistakes today. Let’s be honest, Liverpool play in three teams, they weren’t at their best.


Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag's reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly
This Sancho strike was the first goal under Ten Hag as Man United manager
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Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag's reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly
Fred, who has scored just eight competitive goals for the Red Devils, made it 2-0
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Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag's reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly
Before Pellistri completes the rout
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“You shouldn’t overestimate this result, but I still saw some very good things. We have a lot of creativity and speed up front. Like I said, we have potential.

Meanwhile, new signing Tyrell Malacia told MUTV: “I’m very happy, it’s amazing to be here and to wear this shirt.

“It was difficult because it was very hot, but we managed it.

“I hope to bring a good defense, to bring assists and energy to the team.

“It’s a dream for me to play in the Premier League, and now I’m here.”

Anthony Martial and Fred among unlikely first scorers of Erik ten Hag's reign as Manchester United beat Liverpool in pre-season friendly
It’s only a friendly but Man United’s way of winning against the caliber of opposition will turn heads
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