Manchester United told what they ‘struggled to cope with’ during 1st half of Liverpool clash, questions raised about Red Devils’ desire to win

Pundit sheds light on Manchester United’s first-half struggles against Liverpool

Manchester United had no answers for Liverpool during the first half. It’s not like the Reds were doing anything special to trouble Erik ten Hag‘s defence. Simply committing more bodies forward was all it took for them to get looks at the goal during the first 45.

Liverpool’s energy was on point constantly chasing the ball and trying to move it forward. Pundit, Danny Murphy says the Red Devils struggled to cope with this. Let’s have a look. (h/t BBC)

“It was a really front-foot attitude – sharp, full of energy and everything you want from an away performance when you are trying to win the league.”

“There was no caution and United struggled to cope.”

Antony showed great determination to go after the ball against Liverpool. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Antony showed great determination to go after the ball against Liverpool. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

That same lack of caution got Liverpool into a lot of trouble, but it was refreshing to see them go after the win. Manchester United on the other hand showed not commitment to the game. There were times when the players looked like they didn’t know how to play without the ball.

Except for Kobbie Mainoo and Antony when he came on, no one else on the team showed any kind of urgency for the ball. This of course leads us to a deeper issue where people have now begun to wonder whether the Red Devils want to win or not.

Yes, the team showed great character to comeback during their last two outings. However, they cheaply gave the lead away in both instances and only got two points from those games. Erik ten Hag has improved the team’s mental but his players still don’t look committed to the team.

19-year-old Willy Kambwala was a positive sight on defence during the game against Liverpool.
19-year-old Willy Kambwala was a positive sight on defence during the game against Liverpool. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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If Manchester United’s players don’t start acting like they care for the badge and the outcome of games, then there will be even more season where the Red Devils struggle for a place in the top five.

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