Mohamed Salah completed a hat-trick as Liverpool demolished Manchester United 0-5 in front of a stunned Old Trafford and gave them one of the most humiliating home games in their history. The Reds rallied in the first half and scored 4 goals against the Red Devils, making it the first time United have ever trailed 4-0 at half-time in a Premier League game. Follow us for more live soccer and football fixtures.
“Did I expect that? No. But what we did in the last third was absolutely insane. How we pressed them high, won balls, scored wonderful goals. I actually told the guys at half-time we need to play better,” Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said after the game. “I couldn’t be happier, because it’s just incredible being part of this team. Winning 5-0 is exceptional.”
Naby Keita and Diogo Jota opened the scoring in the fifth and thirteenth minute respectively before Salah added a brace to give Jurgen Klopp’s side a four-goal half-time lead. Under-pressure coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted with a chorus of boos at the half-time. Salah scored his 10 consecutive goals in all competitions and completed his hat-trick from Henderson’s excellent pass in the fiftieth.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo avoided a red card as he burst his frustrations bubbled first-half stoppage time by kicking teenage player Curtis Jones while he was on the floor. Paul Pogba was the one sent off the pitch fifteen minutes after coming off the bench following his dangerous challenge on Keita, who was subsequently stretchered off Injured.
“It’s not easy to say something, apart from it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players. We weren’t good enough individually or as a team. You can’t give a team like Liverpool those chances and unfortunately, we did,” Solskjaer said after the game. “It’s mine [responsibly for the loss] – that’s it. The coaching staff are brilliant and I chose the way to approach the game and today.”
United finished the game with no wins in four consecutive league matches, having conceded 11 goals in three games and dropped eight points behind leaders Chelsea. They will travel to Tottenham in the weekend league match before a midweek trip to Italy to face Atalanta in the Champions League, while Liverpool will take on Preston in the EFL Cup before the league game against Brighton.
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