In hindsight, this end result was totally predictable.
The Premier League’s most deadly assault – Liverpool had scored 30 objectives of their earlier 9 video games in all competitions – against a defence that had shipped six objectives in the final week and stored one clear sheet in the final six months.
“It’s what I said,” mentioned Gary Neville after Mohamed Salah had rattled dwelling Liverpool’s fourth, “the minute they play a proper team, this is what’s going to happen. If half-decent teams are scoring so many goals against them, proper teams will batter them.”
Still, although, the extent of the collapse felt extraordinary. This Manchester United facet have proven a knack for conjuring up outcomes after they want them most however not this time. Not after they enable their opponent a four-on-one assault inside 5 minutes.
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That opening aim, when Liverpool sliced by means of United like a knife by means of butter and Naby Keita slid dwelling from Salah’s go, set the tone for the chaos that adopted.
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They had been lucky to not be two objectives behind barely two minutes later, when Scott McTominay and Fred mixed to lose possession in their very own defensive third – teamwork, at the very least, albeit not the type United had in thoughts – and Roberto Firmino fired straight at De Gea.
But Liverpool didn’t have to attend lengthy.
The second aim got here simply eight minutes after the first and it was one other exhibition in shambolic defending. Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw misplaced their heads, and Trent Alexander-Arnold, whereas Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to trace the onrushing Diogo Jota.
It obtained worse. Much worse.
United survived the subsequent 25 minutes with out conceding however solely simply.
In that point, Firmino wastefully fired huge from a Keita cross-shot, whereas there was even the weird sight of Marcus Rashford’s tried backpass, performed from 10 yards inside Liverpool’s half, sending Salah by means of on aim.
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De Gea denied the Egyptian on that event however it summed up the surrealness of the event nonetheless. Soon sufficient, the carnage continued. Keita, like Alexander-Arnold earlier than him, had all the area he might presumably want for to tee up Salah for the third.
Manchester United didn’t be taught. In truth, Liverpool’s subsequent aim, arriving simply earlier than half-time and making certain United trailed by 4 at the interval for the first time in Premier League historical past, got here from the very same place, Salah merely choosing his spot.
Any hope that the half-time whistle – greeted with loud boos by the dwelling supporters – may enable Manchester United to regroup evaporated inside a couple of minutes of the recreation’s resumption.
This time, it was substitute Paul Pogba who misplaced possession. One Jordan Henderson go later, Salah was celebrating his hat-trick.
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“This is as bad as it gets,” mentioned Neville. “We’ve all lost football matches in a bad way. Sir Alex Ferguson once lost a game 6-1 against Manchester City. I lost a game away at Newcastle 5-0. But it’s the nature of the performance. They have capitulated.”
Pogba’s straight purple card added to the ignominy of the event and it was damning, too, that Liverpool had been in a position to inflict such a brutal defeat on them with an understrength workforce.
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Their midfield of Henderson, Keita and James Milner was rightly described as “workmanlike” by Jamie Carragher – the guests even misplaced the latter to harm simply 27 minutes in – and but they outplayed their counterparts in each respect.
Klopp left Sadio Mane on the bench however Liverpool had scored 5 objectives by the time he was launched. He began with Ibrahima Konate at centre-back, the Frenchman making solely his second Premier League begin, however United barely even examined him.
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“What we’ve seen is a team versus individuals,” mentioned Carragher.
The construction and organisation Klopp has put in place ensures Liverpool can lose personnel with out shedding their id. But the place is the construction and organisation on this Manchester United facet? What even is their id below Solskjaer?
It is sort of three years since his appointment at Old Trafford however there may be nonetheless no clear reply to that query. A summer season of heavy funding was imagined to take United to the subsequent stage however it seems to have muddied the waters additional.
Cristiano Ronaldo has papered over the cracks at occasions however Manchester United look much less like a severe workforce with each passing recreation. They have misplaced any semblance of cohesion in the ultimate third however it’s at the different finish that the points are most obvious – as they’ve been all season.
Only Watford, Newcastle, Leeds and Norwich have conceded extra objectives in the Premier League to date. No facet has made extra errors resulting in pictures than Manchester United.
They had been imagined to problem for the title this season however they’ve allowed their opponents extra efforts on course in the final two video games than Manchester City have all season. They conceded extra objectives in 45 minutes at Old Trafford on Sunday than City have in 810 minutes since the begin of the marketing campaign.
The numbers make grim studying for Solskjaer, the man tasked with moulding Manchester United’s people right into a workforce, and the worst factor of all is that, actually, this historic defeat was totally predictable. “It had been coming,” added Neville. There is a rising feeling of inevitability about what comes subsequent for Solskjaer too.
Man Utd’s defensive disasterclass in photos
Liverpool discover themselves four-on-one only some minutes into the recreation as Mohamed Salah performs in Naby Keita for the opening aim
Trent Alexander-Arnold is left in area to cross for Diogo Jota to slip dwelling Liverpool's second aim from shut vary
There is no Manchester United defender inside 10 yards of Keita as he units up Salah's first aim of the afternoon and Liverpool's third
Salah as soon as once more exploits the area in the Manchester United field to dispatch Liverpool's fourth aim shortly earlier than the break
Salah runs by means of unopposed from Jordan Henderson's go to attain his hat-trick aim after Paul Pogba misplaced possession in midfield
Man Utd’s gruelling run
It does not get a lot simpler for Manchester United; they face a formidable set of fixtures over the subsequent six weeks as they give the impression of being to maintain tempo in the Premier League and guarantee Champions League qualification, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the Manchester derby looming domestically.
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October 30: Tottenham (a) – Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm, stay on Sky Sports
November 2: Atalanta (a) – Champions League, kick-off 8pm
November 6: Man City (h) – Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm, stay on Sky Sports
November 20: Watford (a) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
November 23: Villarreal (a) – Champions League, kick-off 5.45pm
November 28: Chelsea (a) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, stay on Sky Sports
December 2: Arsenal (h) – Premier League, kick-off 8.15pm
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