Liverpool vs Manchester United final result: Three things we learned

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Mohamed Salah and Liverpool completely lumped Manchester United with a deadly four-goal first half on their way to a 5-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.

United finished with 10 men, but even that deserves a star as Liverpool scored five times before Paul Pogba was sent off for a two-foot tackle.

It would certainly signal an end to any other manager, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær had been considered safe before the match.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were imperious as Salah struck twice to join Naby Keita and Diogo Jota on the scoring sheet in the first half, a 45-minute run that could have seen United down to 10 men if Cristiano Ronaldo had not been so lucky to see only yellow cards for a foul on Curtis Jones.

Manchester United replacement Pogba was not so lucky as VAR went through the yellow card that Anthony Taylor showed him for a studs-up challenge on Keita, who was carried off the pitch.

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The victory brings Liverpool one point behind leaders Chelsea on the Premier League table, one ahead of Manchester City.

United end the weekend with three points out of the top four, the first of four teams on 14 points.

Manchester United vs Liverpool final result, statistics

Final score: Liverpool 5, Manchester United 0

Goals scored: Keita (5 ′), Jota (13 ′), Salah (38 ′, 45 ‘+ 5 ′, 50 ′)

Red card: Pogba (61 ′)

Shot: Liverpool, 18-10

Shots on goal: Liverpool, 8-3

Possession: Liverpool 63%

Three We learned four things Manchester United against Liverpool

1. Ole Gunnar Solsk lighthouse? Man United’s boss has been considered safe by almost all reports prior to this game, but it’s hard to believe that 95% of world leaders would not be in serious trouble after going 4-0 at home to their rivals after 45 minutes . such a great game. Now throw Solskjaer in using the same Start XI as a 3-2 comeback win in the middle of the week over Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League, especially when the line-up excludes Paul Pogba, and, wow. Pogba has started for a World Cup winner and a scudetto winner, so will not matches start in a row while Fred, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood retain their place? Insane. Then again, Pogba lasted a full 16 minutes as he entered the match with the Reds 4-0, a straight red end to his day.

Incredible Liverpool: Take nothing, or very little, away from Liverpool. The Reds allowed a huge early chance for Bruno Fernandes, but they were otherwise solid as a rock. Mohamed Salah’s almost perfect form allowed him to perform a hat trick as he made a rare and minor mistake by a hard pressure against David De Gea. The Reds didn’t even look like they showed up, just performed a system against a team that doesn’t have one. Liverpool coasted a man up to 5-0 and showed how little they feared the red devils. Moreover, they did not even mind their rivals with anything but pity.

3. How is it not a red? Cristiano Ronaldo somehow avoided a red card from referee Anthony Taylor and escaped the VAR review from a kick to the middle of Curtis Jones and two follow-up excavations at the “ball” stuck against the inclined Jones. Maybe Taylor and VAR give Ronaldo a break because he is Ronaldo, he hits the ball and the match was already 2-0, but it’s hard to believe that no other player would be in the showers immediately after the foul.

4. Maguire in the worst patch of his Man Utd career: Harry Maguire simply can not be 100% right now. He must have been pushed back into action after Raphael Varane was injured. There’s no other logical explanation for how bad Maguire looked over the last week – even though he scored a big goal last week – and all you have to do is see Luke Shaw to see how often the left-back feels forced to get closer to Maguire than most center-backs.

Man of the match: Mohamed Salah

Pretty straightforward, yes?

Manchester United vs Liverpool sums up

United had a moment just outside the kick when Bruno Fernandes’ first touch of a Marcus Rashford-inspired chance took him wide and the Portuguese pushed over the goal.

It was 1-0 to the other guys moments later when a lightning counter saw Mohamed Salah set up Naby Keita for a fine finish.

2-0 came soon.

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This time, Keita was central as Harry Maguire slammed into team-mate Luke Shaw and Liverpool lined up on the back post for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s post. Diogo Jota scored the goal.

Salah was then the first to react to 3-0 and was left wide open in the back post for 4-0.

Squeezed in between was Cristiano Ronaldo’s horrific fouling of Curtis Jones, who was somehow just a yellow card (see thing # 3 above).

Salah completed his hat-trick before Ronaldo put up 5-1 as he worked past Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate to curl a beautiful shot inside the far post … but wait! Ronaldo was offside.

That was when the wheels, which had already been released, actually exploded when Pogba received a red card after the VAR review of his hard-sliding tackle by Keita.

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