Liverpool 4 Man Utd 0: The rampant Reds humiliate their ‘EMBARRASSING’ opponents to climb to the top of the table, with Mo Salah hitting a hat-trick.
PEP GUARDIOLA was watching from home, but he’ll have turned off the television halfway through the first half to do something more enjoyable.
In any case, Manchester City’s manager had seen enough of the club’s shambolic neighbors this season to know not to rely on them.
This season’s finale is shaping up to be something extraordinary, but this was the least surprise result.
Liverpool has been at the top of the Premier League for the first time since October, at least for the next 24 hours.
Jurgen Klopp’s quadruple-chasing team took another step toward delivering the club’s most successful season ever, led by the outstanding Thiago Alcantara.
This weak and shambolic United team, on the other hand, demonstrated exactly why this is the club’s worst team since the 1980s.
Following the 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford in October, Liverpool has won two of their easiest Premier League games against United.
Guardiola, as well as United’s manager-in-waiting Erik ten Hag, would have been watching the game.
He could have been forgiven for changing his mind and banning all Manchester calls on his cellphone.
Take another look at Mo Salah’s goal in the 22nd minute to notice the difference between Liverpool and United.
The Egyptian had not scored in his previous six games, and he was always going to snap his three-year-long goal drought.
Salah finished a move that involved 25 passes and 10 players touching the ball, including goalkeeper Alisson, as they toyed brutally with United’s players.
Few teams could have survived a Liverpool team putting together such a move.
You have to wonder about the Premier League’s state if United finishes the season as England’s sixth best team.
“It’s embarrassing,” Rangnick stated after the game. It’s utterly demoralizing and embarrassing.
“All we have to do now is recognize that they are six years ahead of us.”
The best analogy is Luiz Diaz, who was signed from Porto in January and caused all sorts of issues, scoring the opening goal in just five minutes and setting up Sadio Mane’s third.
Luiz was purchased for £37 million. If you swap those two figures, you get the transfer fee for Jadon Sancho, who was one of United’s key summer recruits but only came on as a second-half substitute for Phil Jones.
Ralf Rangnick started with a five-man defence, including Jones, who was making only his second appearance in the Premier League since January 2020, because he was aware of the early storm his team would face.
The plan was to use right-footed Diogo Dalot as a left wing-back to deal with Mo Salah cutting inside from the right flank.
At least, that was the plan.
However, Dalot was caught completely off guard as Liverpool attacked down the right flank through Salah, who delivered a low cross for Diaz to smash home uncontested.
So United found themselves down even before Liverpool’s fans celebrated United No. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo in the seventh minute as the player lamented the death of his baby boy.
Paul Pogba was jeered by his own fans when he staggered off the ground in under 10 minutes against Norwich on Saturday, to be replaced by Jesse Lingard.
Depending on the severity of the injury, that could be Pogba’s final appearance for United.
Then came the second goal, which put an end to the total mismatch right away.
This was fantastic fantasy football; Diaz was involved once again, but so was defender Joel Matip, who displayed exceptional talent in a spot where he should be having a nosebleed.
Finally, Mane curled a lovely pass looping over Harry Maguire’s head, and Salah took one touch before sidefooting a shot past a helpless David De Gea.
United made no initial bid. In the first half, Marcus Rashford went past the home defense once, but his first touch was terrible.
At halftime, Rangnick replaced Sancho with Jones, and the team was more balanced, and they had a good 10 minutes or so.
Alisson made a pair of saves to deny Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford, but despite the linesman’s flag, a VAR check may have gone United’s way had one of their players scored.
Mane scored his sixth goal in five games, but only his second versus United, as Liverpool began to sag.
To set up the assault, Andy Robertson beat Elanga to a challenge, but it was Diaz’s genius who saw Mane lingering near the penalty area and finished comfortably.
Salah ended the misery with a shot that took a tiny deflection off Aaron Wan-Bissaka and flew over De Gea’s head with five minutes remaining.
Liverpool’s attention will now turn to another crucial match on Sunday, the Merseyside derby against Everton.
United, on the other hand, appears to be broken and disorganized. The start of the season can’t arrive fast enough.
And their current plight is summed up by the fact that they have just lost 9-0 on aggregate to Liverpool.