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Mohamed Salah was the first away player to score at Old Trafford a hat trick in more than 18 years
Liverpool humiliated Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as they gave a crushing defeat in front of an stunned Old Trafford.
Liverpool highlighted the huge gulf between the two sides brutally on a day of severe embarrassment for United & Solskjaer. It was 10 years since Solskjaer lost 6-1 at Manchester City.
As Egypt's forward, Mohamed Salah, was their main tormentor, he scored a hat trick. This meant that he had now scored in the 10th consecutive game.
Solskjaer looked dejected as he and his team faced the fury of their fans at half-time, particularly after a disorganized and insipid display.
After five minutes, United had already begun to show signs of concern as Liverpool cut them open with a goal by Salah.
Diogo Jota then moved in at the backpost unmarked to add another from Trent Alexander-Arnold eight minutes later.
Liverpool were tormenting United and Salah scored his first goal when he lobbed the ball into the roof of United's net from Keita's cross. He then beat David de Gea with an inept effort to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a four goal half-time lead.
Solskjaer responded to many Manchester United fans leaving at the break by sending Paul Pogba on for Mason Greenwood. But on a day where nothing went right for United, even this purely cosmetic move backfired horribly.
Five minutes after the break, Salah raced to Jordan Henderson's fantastic pass to complete his triplet. Then Pogba was sent to hospital for an aggressive lunge at Keita. Liverpool's midfielder was then taken on a stretcher.
As Liverpool won in front of thousands upon thousands of home fans, the rest was just a matter of time.
Liverpool returns to their brutal best
Liverpool knew they would come back stronger after last season's sufferings, when injuries and poor home form led to them being drawn into a fight for a Champions League place.
They rallied brilliantly to finish third, and they carried that good form into the new campaign with an ominous composure around Klopp's side starting on the first day.
They are a ruthless machine, and United was able to feel that power with Virgil van Dijk returning in defence and Salah at a level that suggests he's the world's greatest player.
Bruno Fernandes missed an excellent chance to score United's first goal before Keita scored. However, once Liverpool had taken the lead, Solskjaer was unable to stop Solskjaer.
They used Salah as their main weapon to cut through United, reducing their players to nervous agitation each time they moved forward.
Salah is in the best shape of his life, and this United defense was an invitation to a team with Liverpool’s array of attacking options.
Liverpool scored 13 goals in just eight days on their travels. They won the 5-0 victory at Watford and the 3-1 win against Atletico Madrid in Champions League.
Liverpool looked as confident, powerful and dangerous in this photo as they did when they won 2019/20 title. This is the beginning of a three-horse race with Chelsea and Manchester City to win the title. And this was the performance that true thoroughbreds deliver.
Their only problem was Keita's injury in Pogba's two-footed challenge. This is a terrible blow for the midfielder who has been at his best since his stop-start Liverpool career.
What's next for Solskjaer
Solskjaer was upbeat after United beat Atalanta by two goals in the Champions League. However, there is a fragility and disorganisation in this team which means that they will always fall short. This puts pressure on the manager.
There are some defeats that have greater significance than others. The sight of United trying to chase shadows five goals away while Solskjaer stood on a touchline being taunted by Liverpool fans for long periods made this one of those.
United fans are hurt when Liverpool loses. It is difficult for United fans to accept a defeat like this in front of their supporters.
Liverpool exposed the poor communication and insufficient understanding of what the team was trying to accomplish. It was a defiant mess. This game ended in 13 minutes.
Solskjaer has been very grateful for the support of United's fans. The Stretford End was largely supportive of him and his team, but there were loud jeers during half-time and large sections of the stadium were empty by the end of the whistle.
A lack of discipline was also evident in United's performance. Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to avoid a red card for kick out at Curtis Jones, then Pogba. He was presumably sent to order to restore some semblance of order and get one for his challenge to Keita.
Although United remain firm in their support for Solskjaer, the shock waves that this result has caused will make everyone question their club's hierarchy and their fans more than ever.
Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah was the player of this match with an average 9.22 Man United Manchester United Manchester United
Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool Manchester United Avg Squad Number 1 Player de Gea Average Rating 2.87 Squad Number 21 Player player name Cristiano Ronaldo Player rating 2.86 Player number 10 Player player name Greenwood Average Rating 2.27 Squad No. 26 Player named Bruno Fernandes Average ranking 8.41 Squad no. 9 Player names Shaw and Player number Shaw Average rating of 8.22 Squad numbers 4 Player number van Dijk Player rating 8.15 Squad # 26 Player number Konat Average rating of 8.15 Squad amount 14 Player number Henderson Average ratings 7.82 Squad rating 17 Player number 16 Player number 15 Average rating Player number 15 Average rating Player number 15.63 Squadr rating Player number 15 Player number 3 Player number 5.63 Squad rating 7.63
Live Text Line-ups Man Utd Formation 4-2-3-1 1 de Gea 29 Wan-Bissaka 2 Lindelf 5 Maguire 23 Shaw 39 McTominay 17 Fred 11 Greenwood 18 Bruno Fernandes 10 Rashford 7 Cristiano Ronaldo 1 de Gea
29 Wan Bissaka Booked in 86 Mins
5 Maguire booked at 55mins
23 Shaw Booked in 41 Minutes
17 Fred Booked in 45mins
Pogba Substituted by 11 Greenwood at 45' Minutes Booked at 60mins
18 Bruno Fernandes Booked at 46mins Substituted for Cavani at 62' minutes
10 Rashford substituted for Dalot in 62' minutes
7 Cristiano Ronaldo Booked for 45mins Substitutes, 3 Bailly
34 van de Beek Liverpool Formation 4-3-3 1 Alisson 66 Alexander-Arnold 5 Konat 4 van Dijk 26 Robertson 8 Keta 14 Henderson 7 Milner 11 Salah 9 Firmino 20 Jota 1 Alisson
4 van Dijk
8 Keta Substituted for Oxlade-Chamberlain at 64' minutes
7 Milner Substituted For Jones at 27' Minutes
9 Firmino Substituted For Man at 77' Minutes
20 Jota Substitutes for 10 Men
32 Matip Referee, Anthony Taylor Match Stats Live text Post update Match ends at Manchester United 0, Liverpool 5. Full Time Second half ends, Manchester United 0. Liverpool 5. Post update Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), left footed shot from right side box misses to right. Scott McTominay assisted with a head pass. Update: Attempt blocked. Blocking of Cristiano Ronaldo's left-footed shot from the middle of the box by Manchester United. Diogo Dalot assisted with a cross. Post update Foul by Curtis Jones, Liverpool Fred (Manchester United), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Post update: Attempt blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool), left footed shot from centre of box blocked. Mohamed Salah assisted with a through ball. Manchester United, Post-update Corner Andrew Robertson converted the goal. Post update Diogo Jota, Liverpool, wins a free kick during the attacking half. Post update Foul by Victor Lindelf, Manchester United Manchester United, Post update Offside. Fred attempts a through ball but Edinson is not allowed to. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester United's booking agent, is given the yellow card. Update: Diogo Jota (Liverpool), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Post update Foul by Aaron Wan Bissaka (Manchester United). Post update Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (Liverpool), left footed shot outside the box. The shot is high and wide to his left. Jordan Henderson assisted. Manchester United, Post update Corner Conceded to by Virgil van Dijk. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), left footed shot at very close range is blocked. Scott McTominay assisted with a head pass. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) has posted a Foul update. Post update Aaron Wan Bissaka (Manchester United), wins a free kick from the right wing. Post update Foul by Curtis Jones, Liverpool Page 1 of 6 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward