Liverpool took the lead in the closing stage of the first half. It was a well-deserved lead as they were the best team in the first team. The host dominated Manchester United from the beginning of the first half.
Erik Ten Hag made some changes to the team that won West Ham United in the FA Cup. Manchester United was resilient at the back as Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, and Luke Shaw were formidable in their defensive work. Liverpool took the lead through Manchester United’s transfer target Cody Gakpo.
Erik Ten Hag is to be blamed for Manchester United losing in the first half. The Dutchman manager started Diogo Dalot ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Portuguese defender was arguably the worst player on the pitch. He was at fault for Liverpool’s first goal as he made an uncalculated move that lead to Liverpool’s goal.
Liverpool players tormented Manchester United through Diogo Dalot’s wing. Erik Ten Hag made a huge mistake by starting Diogo Dalot ahead of Aaron Wan-Bisska.