adon Sancho and Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United to a memorable first win under Erik ten Hag as bitter rivals Liverpool were beaten 2-1 in a night of protests against the Glazer family.
The eyes of the footballing world were focused on a moving Old Trafford as these former foes battled it out in search of their first Premier League wins of the season.
United had started the weekend bottom of the table after their four-goal humiliation at Brentford worsened the home loss to Brighton, but Ten Hag’s side responded with a display of determination, aggression and skill .
Sancho showed remarkable composure as he put the hosts ahead and Rashford extended their advantage early in the second half, with Ten Hag’s men holding the win after Mohamed Salah reduced the deficit late on.
It was an edgy conclusion, but crossing the line underscored the turnaround in character and performance from last weekend’s defeat at Brentford, as well as last season’s home and away humiliations against Liverpool by Jürgen Klopp.
New signing Casemiro will have liked what he saw and was introduced to the Old Trafford faithful before kick-off – but the move was never going to dampen United fans’ protests against their despised owners.
Thousands of people marched to the game and the anti-Glazer chants provided a constant backdrop to Monday’s game without detracting from their support for the team, which responded with a quality performance.
Anthony Elanga hit a post and quickly set up Sancho to score coolly in a first half that ended with Lisandro Martinez preventing Bruno Fernandes from scoring an own goal.
Anthony Martial was introduced at half-time and allowed Rashford to end their 997-minute goalscoring drought in all competitions, with the hosts threatening to pull ahead before David De Gea’s goal suffered late pressure.
United’s number one was unable to stop Salah’s late header from seeping in, but the side dug deep to seal the three points meaning they leapt over the top. Liverpool in the table.