Manchester United have slumped to a dismal 4-0 defeat against quadruple chasing Liverpool. The result really highlighted the gulf in class between these two bitter rivals. The magnitude of the rebuild job for reported incoming manager Erik Ten Hag, has become crystal clear after tonight’s humiliating defeat.
Liverpool took the lead after just six minutes, when a Sadio Mane through ball to Mohammed Salah on the right, who had acres of space and time to pick out Luis Diaz who finished past David De Gea comfortably. The Spaniard was rooted to his goal line. As Diaz was running away to celebrate there was a bit of afters between De Gea and Trent Alexander-Arnold for reasons unknown.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were relentless during the first-half, United were relenting under pressure and struggled to create a chance of any significant note. Mane had a shot deflected wide for a corner after 16 minutes, the Senegalese international was in acres of space, when influential Spanish midfielder Thiago found him easily, but his shot didn’t cause any issues for the struggling visitors.
The margin grew just 22 minutes into the game, United didn’t close down Mane quick enough and he clipped a beautiful ball over the top of United’s shoddy defence to Salah who went from provider to scorer to double Liverpool’s lead, United were statuesque, Liverpool punished them ruthlessly. Salah looked delighted to score but it wasn’t as if he had to strain himself very much, David De Gea looked defeated and so did United.
Luis Diaz had acres of space 35 yards from goal on the left, which did little to trouble De Gea, but the Colombian winger was in so much room, United were ambling across the pitch in their shape, Liverpool looked like rabid dogs. In the first half, there was no real competition.
The second half was delayed due to refereeing delays and United seemed jolted after the second half kicked off, substitute Jadon Sancho had United’s first shot of the game 55 minutes into the rather one side affair up to that point.
Jadon Sancho skipped past three Liverpool players, before slipping in Marcus Rashford but his rather poor shot was saved by Alisson and Anthony Elanga’s follow up was again saved, before the linesman’s flag was raised. From second viewing, Rashford looked onside when the pass was played but the linesman thought otherwise.
Liverpool put the game to bed after 68 minutes, despite United’s growing foothold in the game. A quick break from the hosts after United gave the ball away. Andy Robertson carried the ball 25 yards up the pitch, before playing Diaz in on the left, the Colombian cut the ball back to Mane who finished past De Gea comfortably to make it 3-0, to kill off United’s mini revival.
Man of the match Luis Diaz made way for Diogo Jota and was greeted with a rousing applause for the Kop faithful. United fans were filing for the exit door with still 10 minutes to play, as this result is just another sad indictment of where the Manchester United of 2022 are.
The embarrassment was well and truly set in stone when substitute Diogo Jota played a beautiful through ball to Salah whose shot was deflected but it looped up and over De Gea’s outstretched grasp, to really seal an embarrassing night for Manchester United.
United now have the small task of a daunting trip to the Emirates where a loss to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal may well put the nail in the coffin of United’s slim top 4 hopes. Liverpool meanwhile are on a quadruple charge, the stark contrast between the two juggernauts of English football could not be more drastic.