Manchester United beat bitter rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford to earn Erik ten Hag his first win in the Premier League.

Jadon Sancho showed great composure to give the Red Devils the lead in the first half following a neat one two between Anthony Elanga and Christian Eriksen.

Marcus Rashford doubled United’s lead early in the second half with a clinical one-on-one finished after being played in by half-time substitute Anthony Martial.

Mohamed Salah scored a consolation with ten minutes remaining with a close range header after David de Gea denied Fabio Carvalho.

Here are five things we learned from the pulsating clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.

Five things we learned from Manchester United Liverpool

Lift off for Ten Hag’s era

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After the worst possible start to his Premier League tenure, the former Ajax manager got the response he so badly needed and wanted.

This was a performance in the mould and blueprint of what Ten Hag wants to deliver at the Theatre of Dreams.

Liverpool couldn’t handle our intensity and work rate off the ball, and after being outrun and outfought by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, Manchester United rose to the occasion.

Casemiro unveiled

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Like against Leeds United on the opening day of last season at Old Trafford when unveiling Raphael Varane, Manchester United paraded yet another former Real Madrid serial winner.

The 30-year-old would have liked what he saw when watching his new teammates from the stands.

The Brazilian greeted former Reds captain Roy Keane when walking out onto the pitch and United may finally have a midfield general who could have the same galvanising influence as the former Republic of Ireland international.

Martinez and Varane stake their claim

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Not only did Ten Hag opt to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, which was one of four changes from the starting line-up that were mauled 4-0 at Brentford, but the Dutchman also started his captain Harry Maguire on the bench.

The world’s most expensive defender watched on as Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez produced a classy and dominant performance.

United’s number five may have to wait patiently to break the Varane and Martinez partnership.

United leapfrog Liverpool

After losing the first two games of the season, Ten Hag was at risk of becoming the first Manchester United manager since 1921 to lose his first three games in charge.

But Liverpool had only amassed two points from Fulham and Crystal Palace coming into the clash.

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Ten Hag lays down law to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Despite Martial being fit enough to return, Ten Hag opted to start Anthony Elanga ahead of the Frenchman and Ronaldo.

United pressed and hassled Liverpool in a way they cannot with the 37-year-old leading the line.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner still has aspirations of joining a Champions League side before the transfer window closes.

Ten Hag has laid down the gauntlet to United’s number seven and he has shown he isn’t afraid to make bold calls for the good of the team, even if it does upset one of the greatest of all time.

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