Who was United's Man of the Match v Liverpool?

Tuesday 12 July 2022 19:26

Manchester United's opening Tour 2022 triumph over Liverpool was not only promising on a team-performance level, it also boded well for numerous individuals within the ranks.

The players have already been working hard on the training pitches at Carrington and more recently in Bangkok, with a view to impressing the new boss Erik ten Hag and staking a claim to be in his matchday squad when the 2022/23 Premier League campaign kicks off next month.

However, our first pre-season match represented the best opportunity yet to catch the manager's eye, not least because it pitted his side against a strong Liverpool squad that lifted both domestic cups last term.

Ten Hag's team rose to the challenge, soundly beating Jurgen Klopp's men 4-0 with some wonderful finishes from Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri. Goalscorers are often natural candidates for the Man of the Match award and as you can see below, one of them did in fact top our online poll...

Who is your Man of the Match from the Tour 2022 win over Liverpool?poll

Who is your Man of the Match from the Tour 2022 win over Liverpool?

While it was only a pre-season friendly, Sancho can take some pride in picking up 31 per cent of the votes cast by United fans around the world, especially when there were 21 team-mates who also took to the field in two different line-ups for the first and second periods.

His opening strike and all-round attacking play in a front three also featuring Martial and Marcus Rashford obviously struck a chord with the supporters, who will look forward to seeing how he builds on the latter half of last season when he was among the Reds' top performers.

Sancho's margin of victory was by no means a landslide however, as he was run very close by a player who made only seven appearances last season.

Eric Bailly's solid second-half defending, to keep the likes of Mo Salah and new signing Darwin Nunez at bay in the Liverpool attack, led to him finishing runner-up in the poll with 28 per cent.
Sancho scores the first goal of Tour 2022 Video

Sancho scores the first goal of Tour 2022

See how Jadon Sancho scored the first goal of the Erik ten Hag era, live on MUTV...

The only other player to get into double figures was Martial on 10 per cent, although David De Gea was just one behind that figure as he kept the larger share of United's clean sheet before making way for substitute goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the 68th minute.

United's no.1 produced the first real save of the match, denying Liverpool's livewire winger Luis Diaz, before his opposite number Alisson was beaten three times prior to the multiple personnel changes at half-time.

Congratulations, Jadon, and thanks to everyone who voted.


Our next fixture is in Australia on Friday, when we will take on Melbourne Victory at 11:05 BST.

The full game will be shown live* on MUTV, which is now available on ManUtd.com and in the United App. Coverage starts one hour before kick-off.

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