How Ten Hag's 'Running Reds' dominated Liverpool
Ahead of the Liverpool game, Erik ten Hag was keen to put tactics to one side and talk about his Manchester United team delivering “the basic stuff”.
The Reds played some great stuff on the ball, but what seemed to most please a vociferous Old Trafford crowd was the simple aggression and graft on show.
Ten Hag’s men got stuck in, too, making 24 tackles to Liverpool’s 13.
Anthony Elanga hit a post in a one-on-one against Alisson in the early stages, and Marcus Rashford narrowly failed to score with two great attempts in the second period.
As Liverpool sought an unlikely route back into the game during the closing stages, we understandably dropped deeper and ceded possession. But United were clearly the more threatening team going forward throughout the contest.
Manchester United covered more distance (114km) & made 51 more sprints than Liverpool this evening.— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 22, 2022
Erik Ten Hag’s Running Reds. pic.twitter.com/9nvl8t0rOA
The Old Trafford crowd can accept losing, but it cannot accept a lack of effort and desire. On Monday night, the squad delivered a performance of massive heart, and inspired the best atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams since the pre-Covid Manchester derby of March 2020.