Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday to earn their first three points and win under the Erik Ten Hag era. Liverpool now has two points from three Premier League games.
Jadon Sancho gave Manchester United the lead in the 16th minute with a well-composed finish in the Liverpool penalty box. Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United’s second goal of the night. Liverpool reduced the deficit to one through Mohamed Sarah but it was too late.
Jamie Carragher was not happy with Liverpool’s defensive performance on the night labeling it “embarrassing”.
What did Jamie Carragher say?
The Liverpool Legend said via Skysports: “Liverpool was absolutely shocking defensively. They were not at the races at all.
“Every time United went forward in that first half they looked like they were going to score. It was embarrassing. Liverpool was all over the place.
“United were outstanding, but Liverpool weren’t ready for a derby game. They didn’t look ready for the game and that will worry Jurgen Klopp right now.
“Manchester United got a lot of criticism for their defending at Brentford and Liverpool should be getting exactly the same treatment after this.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville has hailed Manchester United after the Liverpool victory.
The former Manchester United skipper said: “I’m really proud as a Manchester United fan watching these players and I never thought I’d say that after the past few weeks.
“The fight, spirit, and energy from Manchester United were brilliant.
I’m absolutely stunned, I didn’t think that was possible. I couldn’t believe what I was watching in those first 45 minutes. I didn’t think Manchester United was capable. This is a massive turnaround.
“I don’t know what’s happened this week on the training ground, but they’ve responded. I don’t know what it is but I cannot believe what I have witnessed. They outrun Liverpool, they outsprinted Liverpool.
“That can’t be a one-off. That’s the standard they’ve now set, we’ve all seen the work ethic. They ran a lot more than they have done previously and played some good football along the way.
“The crowd were cheering after two or three minutes because of tackles and effort, not because of goals but because of challenges.
“They were under massive pressure on those United players, so to respond to last week was a big moment for Ten Hag and the club.”
Roy Keane also shared the same opinion with Gary Neville, saying: “Going into the game, the manager made some big calls dropping Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo, and the players responded. They were excellent.
“It’s a huge boost for Ten Hag. It will give everyone a lift and the feel-good factor will be back for a few days.
“They deserved the criticism last week but they were outstanding tonight. Great commitment, great desire. Tonight they deserve all the plaudits.”