What worked for Man United: Ronaldo’s replacement Elanga, Rafael Varane at the back and the right attitude

Manchester United were a changed team against Liverpool. The much-awaited backline between posts ranging from David de Gea and the monotonous frontline and unimaginable

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dfield, each department saw collective upgrades in both skill and spirit. So much so that they were up against Brentford last week, a shabby to recognizable team.

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After defeats against Brentford and Brighton, United manager Eric ten Haig needed to make a statement against Liverpool and that's exactly what he got.

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The spirited backline

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The United defence-pack has faced constant criticism and ridicule for much of last season as well as for it. But the performance against Liverpool

The spirited backline

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The United defence-pack has faced constant criticism and ridicule for much of last season as well as for it. But the performance against Liverpool ...

The spirited backline

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Stealing Bobby Firmino's ball and belting it upwards, apart from the composer in his cool tackles and duress. He demonstrated his leadership skills

Midfield muscle

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You could argue that Liverpool were let down by the absence of Thiago Alcantara and nabi Keita. But there was still enough expertise in James Milner and Jordan Henderson.

That first goal

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United had not scored a goal on their own in nearly 190 minutes – a goal against Brighton was their own – aptly reflecting their front-line toothlessness.

Dynamic Elanga and resurgent Rashford

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Elanga, who replaced Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening eleven, looked like a player, constantly pressing Alexander-Arnold, who looked different, and won doubles.

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