Manchester United suffered one of their most humiliating defeats in recent memory as rivals Liverpool piled pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a 5-0 thrashing which saw Mohamed Salah score a hat-trick and Paul Pogba see red.
United’s performance was nothing short of a shambles as Liverpool feasted on some inept defending and questionable tactics, going ahead after five minutes through Naby Keita’s low finish having been released through on goal.
Diogo Jota made it 2-0 at the far post from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s centre after miscommunication between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, before Salah scored for the 10th straight game in all competitions, converting near post from Keita’s pass.
Diogo Jota is congratulated after giving Liverpool a 2-0 lead over Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes look dejected during Man Utd’s humiliation
United were “kidding themselves” by pressing Liverpool, according to Gary Neville on co-commentary after recent criticism at their lack of defending from the front, leaving gaping holes at the back as Liverpool scored a fourth just before half-time through Salah’s low, pinpoint finish from just inside the box. The jeers that greeted Manchester United at the break were ear-splitting.
Salah then completed his hat-trick, touching past David de Gea from Henderson’s excellent pass, and the hosts went down to 10 men as half-time substitute Pogba saw red for a high tackle on Keita, who was brought off on a stretcher.