Ten-man Manchester United suffered one of their worst defeats in recent memory as rivals Liverpool piled pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford.
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 (13) at the far post from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s centre after miscommunication between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, before Mohamed Salah scored for the 10th straight game in all competitions, converting near post from Keita’s pass (38).
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 (45+5). The jeers that greeted Manchester United at the break were ear-splitting.
Salah completed his hat-trick, touching past David de Gea from Henderson’s excellent pass (49), and the hosts went down to 10 men as half-time substitute Paul Pogba saw red for a high tackle on Keita, who was brought off on a stretcher (60).
United somehow saw out the game without more damage, but having conceded 11 goals in three games, and sitting eight points off the top of a Premier League they had promised to challenge for after a busy summer window, pressure on Solskjaer is at an all-time high.
Liverpool move second after a dazzling display, and remain unbeaten since May after Jurgen Klopp’s 200th win as manager, reaching the milestone faster than any other Reds boss.