Manchester United vs Liverpool
Sunday’s marquee Premier League tie would play out a short time ago.
Said clash would see Manchester United play host to Liverpool.
Man United headed into the game on a pretty poor run of form, having lost two and drawn one of their last three Premier League clashes.
The Red Devils were also searching for their first win over Liverpool in the league since 2018.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, on the other hand, were looking to continue their fine unbeaten start to the 2021/22 campaign.
As a result, a Liverpool victory did seem fairly likely at Old Trafford. And, when the final whistle blew, this indeed proved to be the case.
Liverpool found themselves two goals to the good after just 13 minutes thanks to some awful defending on the part of Man United:
WHAT A START! 💥
Naby Keita puts #LFC in front after just five minutes!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 24, 2021
TOO EASY 😰
Diogo Jota doubles #LFC‘s lead!
It’s not looking good for #MUFC…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 24, 2021
Liverpool then added their 3rd of the day after 38 minutes, all but killing the game off.
Goals from Mohamed Salah either side of the break made it 5-0 to Liverpool before Man United’s woes were then compounded when Paul Pogba, brought on at half-time, was sent off after just 15 minutes on the pitch.
A simply embarrassing showing from all involved at Manchester United.
Here are five things 101 learned from the match.
Manchester United’s defence is a mess
Another day, another game without a clean sheet for Manchester United.
The Red Devils were shambolic at the back against Liverpool, and deserved the drubbing they received.
Even with Raphael Varane out injured, Man United still should not have been this poor at the back.
Shaw and Maguire, two of United’s and England’s best performers, were appalling on Sunday and it is easy to see why Man United have managed just one clean sheet in all competitions this season.
Title-winning sides are generally built on a solid defence, so if you want to use that to assess how close the Red Devils are to winning anything big, it is very evident they are miles away right now despite having some quality players in their ranks.
Solskjaer is on borrowed time
This leads us onto out second point, which is, unsurprisingly, that Ole’s days in the Old Trafford dugout are numbered.
It is obvious that Man United’s owners are not that fussed about winning the PL and Champions League, with a top-four finish seemingly enough to keep them happy.
However, at this rate, it is hard to see Man United even finishing in the top-four this campaign.
And though the manager cannot be solely to blame for everything, it is apparent that Solskjaer is way out of his depth.
Yes, Man United’s midfield needs improving, but there is no getting away from the fact Ole’s coaching is not good enough.
Man United’s pressing was a mess against Liverpool and top players like Maguire, Shaw and Raphael Varane (when fit) look so much worse when playing under the Norwegian.
Man United have spent big, signed top players who have proven for other clubs and their countries that they are elite, yet when paired with Solskjaer, look absolutely clueless.
Mohamed Salah is insane
Much like a Man United’s defensive displays being awful is now the norm, so is seeing a Mohamed Salah masterclass every week.
Before Sunday, Salah had netted 12 and assisted four in 11 outings across all competitions this term.
And, against Man United, Salah would once again be among the goals, netting a hat-trick to become the out-right top African goalscorer in the Premier League’s history, surpassing Didier Drogba (the below stat was posted after Salah had scored twice).
106 – Mohamed Salah has now scored 106 goals in the Premier League, making him now the outright top African goalscorer in the competition’s history, surpassing Didier Drogba (104). Pharaoh. pic.twitter.com/Uj14sS9thV
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 24, 2021
Granted, Man United were not at their best against Liverpool, but that should not take away from the fact that Salah was once again superb.
Klopp’s risk paid off
Jurgen Klopp took something of a risk with his starting line-up on Sunday.
Fabinho was out because of injury, but Klopp actively opted to bench Sadio Mane and Joel Matip for Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota.
Mane for Jota was slightly odd, but the biggest risk was very much taking out Matip, who has been playing some superb football of late, to hand new signing Konate just his second Premier League appearance.
Klopp’s slightly risky approach paid off, however, with Jota scoring one and assisting one, whilst Konate put in a stellar shift at the back, which will no doubt do the Frenchman a world of good going forward.
Van de Beek should leave Man United
It is well documented at this point that Donny van de Beek has struggled for any sort of regular game time at Manchester United.
Even with midfield clearly United’s weakest area at present, the dutchman hardly gets a look-in.
And, despite the poor displays for Fred, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba against Liverpool, Van de Beek didn’t even get off the bench.
He is clearly a good player, but it has become obvious to pretty much everyone that Van de Beek needs to leave Manchester United to save his career.
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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