Manchester United announced themselves to the 2022/23 Premier League with a famous victory over archrivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were enough to hand Erik Ten Haag his very first league win and give United three much-needed points. Though Mohammed Salah grabbed a late goal, Liverpool were unable to string together a competent performance as they suffered their first league defeat since December 2021.
United Showing Signs Of Improvement
In a bizarre game that saw the usually-rampant Liverpool reduced to playing long balls and taking hopeful outside-the-box shots, the Red Devils looked more like the side with serious title hopes. Jurgen Klopp’s team, on the other hand, looked like a shell of themselves as their long hangover from the Champions League final defeat goes on.
The Merseyside club are yet to win a game this season and are at risk of surrendering their Premier League title ambitions even at this early stage. With both Arsenal and Manchester City looking promising, the Reds have put themselves at risk of disappearing into the chasing pack.
United, on the other hand, looked like a well-oiled machine and more victories are surely to come if they continue to play like they did in this game. Ten Haag’s men face Southampton next week where they hope to repeat their heroics from Monday night, whereas Liverpool will aim to put their shambolic start to the season behind them.
United’s Win Brings Parallels
Manchester United’s victory is about a lot more than just football, though, as the club has been a symbol of what’s happening to the United Kingdom over the last decade. Once great and all-powerful, Great Britain has allowed itself to be sold off to the highest bidder, exporting its trade and dwindling its power in the process.
United fans have a saviour in Erik Ten Haag, whereas the British public has Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. One promises to deliver football greatness, whilst the two politicians promise to deliver British dominance. Indeed, the fate of Britain’s greatest football club has always been intertwined with the fate of the country - and both are about to take off into the stratosphere.
Boris Johnson’s heartbreaking departure from Downing Street reminded me of Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s exit from Old Trafford. Both were brilliant statesmen and both rebuilt their empires from the ashes before handing over the keys under the assumption their brilliance would be followed. Both were sadly mistaken.
I could make parallels all day, but you get the point. Manchester United has been a reflection of what’s been happening to our great country. After the great heights came embarrassing, humbling lows, but it looks salvation is on the horizon.
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