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Man United 0-5 Liverpool: Salah hat-trick as Reds run riot at Old Trafford

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Liverpool absolutely tore apart an awful Man United side, with Mo Salah hitting a hat-trick in an incredible 5-0 trouncing at Old Trafford.

Man United 0-5 Liverpool

Premier League (9), Old Trafford
October 24, 2021

Goals

Keita 05′ (assist: Salah)
Jota 13′ (assist: Alexander-Arnold)
Salah 38′ (assist: Keita)
Salah 45+4′ (assist: Jota)
Salah 50′ (assist: Henderson)

Sent off: Pogba (60′)


Jurgen Klopp made two changes from the side that won in Madrid earlier in the week, with Ibrahima Konate coming in for just his second league start in place of Joel Matip, and Diogo Jota replacing Sadio Mane.

Arguably, the biggest team news was the absence of Fabinho in midfield, with the Brazilian suffering a knock to the knee against Atletico.

Man United fans, who were singing about food poverty inside three minutes, saw their side behind within five minutes when a lovely passing move ended with Mohamed Salah playing in Naby Keita and the midfielder coolly slotted past David de Gea.

It was 2-0 soon after. Harry Maguire all over the place, pressed by Keita, the ball went out to Trent Alexander-Arnold and his low cross was turned in by Jota inside the six-yard box.

Liverpool were forced into an early change in midfield with Curtis Jones replacing James Milner, the 35-year-old starting his third game in 8 days and injuring a muscle when he slipped.

It was 3-0 before half time when Liverpool again proved too much for United. The ball fell for Keita inside the box on the right in acres of space and he squared it for Salah to hit home for his customary goal – the Egyptian scoring in his 10th consecutive game!

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their side's fourth goal of the game during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday October 24, 2021.

And it was 4-0 in first-half stoppage time when Salah doubled his tally, stroking home with so much space inside the box after being put in by Jota. United a mess, Liverpool clinical.

It should have been worse for United too, when Cristiano Ronaldo showed his petulance by kicking Curtis Jones after a foul was given against him, only for the referee and VAR to bottle the decision to send him off.

Half time: Man United 0-4 Liverpool

  • Salah scores in 10th consecutive game
  • Salah’s 4th LFC hat-trick
  • Salah the only opposition player to score hat-trick at Old Trafford in PL
  • Reds have scored 3 or more goals in every away game this season
  • LFC record consecutive wins at OT for first time since 2002
  • First time in PL history Man United 4-0 down at HT

It took less than five minutes to make it 5-0 after the break, Liverpool again pressing and winning the ball in midfield and Jordan Henderson playing in a superb ball for Salah to claim his hat-trick.

It was Mo’s fourth hat-trick for the Reds, and the first LFC player to hit a treble against United since Dirk Kuyt.

United thought they had a consolation when Ronaldo curled one in past Alisson, only to be ruled offside – further adding to the hilarity.

The home side’s implosion continued when substitute Paul Pogba lasted less than 15 minutes, sent off for a high foot on Keita. Disgrace.

Keita was stretched off, meaning two of Liverpool’s three midfielders had been withdrawn due to injury.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (right) scores their side's fifth goal of the game, completing his hat-trick, during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday October 24, 2021.

From there it was a training game as the ecru-wearing Reds passed the ball around without any real intensity.

Liverpool have won back-to-back league games at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002. And they did it in style!


TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Man United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood (Pogba 46′), Fernandes (Cavani 62′), Rashford (Dalot 62′); Ronaldo

Subs not used: Henderson, Bailly, Matic, Van de Beek, Lingard, Sancho

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk; Robertson; Henderson, Milner (Jones 26′), Keita (Oxlade-Chamberlain 62′); Salah, Jota, Firmino (Mane 77′)

Subs not used: Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Tsimikas, Minamino, Origi

Next Match: Preston (A) – League Cup Fourth Round – Wednesday, October 27, 7.45pm (BST)

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