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Diogo Dalot during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, Manchester, April 2022.

Watch: Man Utd’s Dalot hits the bar after flowing ‘Ten Hag ball’ move

Manchester United started the Erik ten Hag era in fine style by thrashing Liverpool 4-0 in Bangkok and one moment of flowing football, which resulted in Diogo Dalot hitting the bar, should have United fans drooling with excitement.

Jadon Sancho opened United’s account after just 12 minutes, and their lead was doubled thanks to an audacious lob from Fred on the half-hour mark. Three minutes later it was 3-0, with outcast Anthony Martial scoring on his first appearance back following an underwhelming half-season loan at Sevilla.

Both managers made bundles of changes in the second half, perhaps wary of the humidity in the stadium in Bangkok, with Liverpool’s XI looking a great deal stronger.

But it was United who extended their lead, making it 4-0 in the 76th minute as Amad Diallo assisted fellow youngster Facundo Pellistri to cap an eye-catching victory.

The performance was notable for its increased energy and application, with one moment of free-flowing football encapsulating the impact Ten Hag has already made on the United squad.

With United already 3-0 ahead, a sweeping move that started from the feet of David de Gea tore the Liverpool backline in two and eventually found Sancho on the right flank.

The England international slipped a through ball to Dalot who rattled the Liverpool crossbar with his effort. No goal, but the move represented a refreshing change from last season’s lethargy at Old Trafford.

“We are satisfied today because I think there was a team with great spirit. We know we are just starting,” Ten Hag told MUTV in his post-match interview.

“We know we made some mistakes in pressing and conceded some chances but also we created a lot and I think our team played bravely, they were proactive and we had to work really hard to get out of some mistakes. Of course, we are happy with the first game.

“It was not only the result. I know we have good players but we have to play as a team. We started the first game well so I am happy.”

 


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