Five-star Liverpool embarrass Man Utd

English Premier League

Manchester United had an evening to forget after suffering a 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford, with Mohamed Salah getting a hat-trick.

No changes whatsoever from United showed following their midweek win over Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League, but Liverpool started without Joel Matip and Sadio Mane.

The mentioned duo’s absence did not bother the Reds as after five minutes Naby Keita attacked a ball into space by Mohamed Salah to find the opening strike.

A second happened eight minutes later as Diogo Jota charged down a ball in the six-yard area from Trent Alexander-Arnold to prod in the net.

An enforced substitution saw Liverpool removed James Milner a little before the half-hour mark and introduce Curtis Jones.

That didn’t hinder the Reds at all as Salah made it three with a near post finish from a free-flowing passing move in the last seven minutes to halftime.

United’s dismal first half were further stipulated on the stroke of halftime after Salah opened space far wide of the area to finish off a layoff from Jota.

A substitution at the break saw the Red Devils bring on Paul Pogba in the place of Mason Greenwood, with the pressure mounting.

The Reds continued to up the ante five minutes into the restart as Salah sprinted on the end of a ball in behind by Jordan Henderson to poke past David De Gea.

United looked to have pulled a goal back through a clever finish from Cristiano Ronaldo off a ball over the top, but he was called for offside.

It got worse for United after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) helped the referee on 65 minutes to change a yellow on Pogba into a red card following a poor challenge on Keita.

The Reds enjoyed total dominance from this point onwards and could’ve made it six from a powerful shot from close-range by Alexander-Arnold, but De Gea saved.

In the end, Liverpool marched on to a big victory away from home against their fiercest rivals to heap more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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