Winless in their last 3 Premier League games, Manchester United hope to regain some winning momentum by picking up a huge win over arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford. But their miseries continued, with the Red Devils suffering a humiliating 0-5 loss to a ruthless LFC side.
Instead, they had the worst possible start – conceding 5 minutes into the game when Naby Keita finished off a smart move without any sweat. Things went from bad to worse, when a horrible defensive error gifted a goal to Liverpool in the 13th minute – with Diogo Jota taping the ball into an empty net.
United’s defensive errors continued and helped set up a third for the visitors in the 38th minute – with a completely unmarked Naby Keita helping set up a goal for Mo Salah inside the box. An embarrassing first half was finished off by conceding another soft goal, with Salah smartly finishing from close range in the 50th (45+5) minute.
That was undoubtedly the worst half of United’s season (so far). They were completely overwhelmed by LFC and looked nowhere near the level of their opponents. But the misery wasn’t done there.
Salah then scored another in the 50th minute, with Jordan Henderson’s defence splitting pass allowing the winger to finish past De Gea to make it 5-0! United were unable to score a single goal after that and Paul Pogba’s sending off at the hour-mark didn’t help either.
That could be the final nail in the coffin of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seems to have lost his players confidence and has dragged United away from the PL title race.
Manchester United player ratings vs Liverpool
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (0)–
An absolutely abysmal game for Solskjaer after fielding a surprising starting XI – with Rashford, Bruno and Fred all starting despite being injured a few days ago. United looked completely clueless, leaving too much space for LFC to attack into, being sloppy going forward and all over the place in midfield.
Things didn’t improve in the second half either as his players showed no dedication or willingness to get a result. Seems to have lost his dressing room and even the most devoted fans are rapidly turning against him. This could spark the end of the line for Ole.
David de Gea (4.5) –
And again for no fault of his own, De Gea concedes a goal at Old Trafford. Saves his side from conceding another minutes after that, making a sharp stop to deny Firmino. Then denies Salah with a sharp save in the 31st. Unable to really do anything to save any of Salah’s goals after that. Saves a sixth goal by making a brilliant save to deny Alexander-Arnold in the 71st.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (4.5) –
Wan-Bissaka was perhaps United’s most error-free defender in the first half – making some necessary clearances and maintaining composure down his side. Kind of the same in the second, making a great block late on to deny LFC their sixth. None of the goals were directly created down his side, so AWB wasn’t as shambolic as his teammates.
Harry Maguire (0) –
Maguire’s misery in the PL continues as he’s accountable for both goals. Horrible dragged out of position for the first and endured a horrible mix-up with Shaw which led to the second. Bit unlucky, but at fault for the third too – as Salah’s shot deflected off him to the free Keita before he assisted the winger for his goal.
Overcommitted himself to an unnecessary challenge that eventually lead to Salah’s second. Booked for bringing down Firmino outside the box in the 55th and bit unlucky to not get sent off. In a game when opposition captain Henderson shined, Maguire was quite the opposite. Should be benched after that abysmal outing.
Victor Lindelof (4.0) –
Not as shaky as Maguire, but Lindelof was also caught out of position on multiple times in the first half and didn’t seem to make enough effort to even stop the goals from being scored. Performed better than Maguire for sure but the Sweden national team captain showed zero leadership skills when things got bad.
Luke Shaw (-5) –
Shaw has a huge job keeping the current best player in the world (Salah) quiet today. Gets horrible caught out of position for the opener, playing Salah onside and allowing him to assist Keita’s goal. Then endured a horrible mix-up with Maguire to lose possession inside the box for Jota’s goal and even played him onside for that.
Tries redeeming himself with a long-range attempt in the 23rd, but it goes wide. Again caught out of position for the third, sticking too close to Maguire and leaving Keita free – allowing him to assist Salah’s goal. Then completely lost track of Salah – allowing him to easily score his second.
His horrible work continues in the second half, as he again lost marker of Salah and allowed him to go through on goal for his third goal. Looked lost on his side and came up with a completely clueless performance. The former ‘best left-back in the world’ played like the ‘worst left-back in the world’ today.
Scott McTominay (3.0) –
McTominay was tasked to protect his defence against attacks but was nowhere near any of the Liverpool players for their goals. Very sloppy in possession, giving away the ball and didn’t do much at all to stop their attacks. Had a big chance to get a consolation after being open in the box in the 83rd, but opted to pass it rather than head the ball into the back of the net.
That perhaps summed up his inability to create goals form midfield & McTominay did no better defensively, failing to match the tempo of the opposition players.
Fred (4.5) –
Fred passes a late fitness test to make this big game. Very sloppy in the first half, giving away possession too many times and ended it with a booking after a horrible high boot on Keita. Probably the most energetic United midfielder but made little to no impact on the result.
Bruno Fernandes (4.0)–
Fernandes gets a huge scoring chance in the 4th minute, but skies a shot over from a 1v1 situation inside the box. Maybe if he scored that, things could’ve been different on the day. He did create a few half-chances after that in the first half, but again – just not good enough. Looked very frustrated all game long and booked early in second half. Subbed after the hour-mark.
Mason Greenwood (6.0) –
Greenwood started the game brightly, cleverly setting up the early chance for Bruno. Tests Alisson with a thunderous attempt in the 29th. Came closest among any forward players to scoring/assist a goal in the first half – but taken off after the break.
Marcus Rashford (6.0) –
Rashford looks dangerous with his movement and came close to scoring in the 10th, with his ambitious shot from afar going just wide. Nearly gifted LFC a goal with a horrible backpass in the 31st. Hits a scuffed attempt at Alisson in the 36th.
His off-the-ball movement constantly kept LFC on their toes and he made some great dribbling runs. But had little help up front and his confident was shot after seeing all those goals conceded. Taken off after the hour-mark.
Cristiano Ronaldo (5.0) –
CR7 looks quite active after his heroics in mid-week and trying to lose the marker of Van Dijk & Konate. Skied a shot horribly over in the 19th. Unable to dink one over Alisson late in the first half and booked immediately after that kicking out at Jones. Kinda lucky not to get sent off there.
He did score after a sharp move in the 52nd, but it was ruled out by VAR for the slightest of offside. Looked extremely frustrated throughout the game and a very dejected figure towards the end.
Paul Pogba (0) –
Brought on to stabilize the game but horrible gave away possession to Henderson – allowing him to assist Salah’s goal. Sent off for a horrible two-footed lunge 15 minutes after coming on. Worst possible substitution ever.
Diogo Dalot (6.0) –
Dalot did well to protect his backline and deny LFC from scoring more than 5 on the day, but had little impact going forward.
Edinson Cavani (N/A) –
Came closest to scoring among any United player in the 83rd but saw his attempt hit the bar and go out.
MAN OF THE MATCH
For United, there’s no MOTM but only flops. The biggest flop of the match was Luke Shaw. Mo Salah is obviously the MOTM after his hattrick & assist.