Manchester United’s defensive troubles were re-exposed when they suffered a chaotic 5-0 loss at home to fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
It took the visitors just five minutes to break the impasse after exposing United’s leaky defense, with Mo Salah slipping into Naby Keita, who quietly scored his second goal in as many games – just moments after Bruno Fernandes made a guilty one Missed Chance had an excellent counterattack.
Last week’s hat-trick hero Roberto Firmino saw his attempt saved by David De Gea as Jürgen Klopp’s team continued to slash their opponents at will before the Reds doubled their lead as Trent Alexander-Arnold Diogo Jota for one simple finish put up. after a defensive mix-up between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.
The home side had looked lively in attack, but were at the other end of the field with sixes and seven. The formidable Salah continued to rub salt in the wounds by scoring for the tenth game in a row in all competitions after hooking into Keita’s pullback.
Things got worse for Solskjaer and Co. when the Egyptian international finished fourth just before the break and scored another clinical degree with his fatal left foot, which however confirmed the win in the first half.
The Merseysiders then added further misery to remaining United supporters – with some unsurprisingly leaving on break – when Salah completed his hat-trick with an adorable dinked finish against oncoming De Gea and became the first player to score a Premier League triple in the process at the theater of dreams.
Cristiano Ronaldo then saw a good finish offside before an already gloomy day for the Red Devils tumbled into disaster when replacement Paul Pogba received his marching orders for a reckless, lengthy challenge against Keita after a VAR review.
This proved to be the end of the drama as the away side strolled to a notable win, making it four league games without a win for United, eight points behind leaders Chelsea table.
After this humiliating defeat, the boss Solskjaer, who was under fire, admitted that it was his “darkest day” as manager of the club.
“It’s not easy to say anything other than the fact that it’s the darkest day I’ve led these players on. We weren’t good enough individually and as a team we can’t give a team like Liverpool these chances, but unfortunately we did, ”said Solskjaer Sky Sports.
“The whole performance wasn’t good enough. We created openings, they had opportunities, and they were clinical. The third goal decided the game. “
The Norwegian also took sole responsibility for the nature of the defeat, but stressed that he had “come too far” to bow to increasing pressure for his position.
“It’s mine, that’s it. The coaching team is very, very good, brilliant. I chose the way we approach the game, we weren’t sensitive enough and gave too much space, and if you give good players space, they score.
“We’re at home and we play against Liverpool, we’ve been here for the last two and a half years and we’ve had a similar approach to the press but today they took their chances I think as Manchester United we should always try to prove our authority . ” the game.
“That fourth goal is when you have to go into halftime and score a goal every 15 minutes. I know these guys are capable of this. The fourth, that was probably game over.
“You can look at last season when we lost 6-1 to Spurs, that’s worse, miles worse. For me as a Manchester boy, that’s miles worse. I just have to say we have to get this over with as soon as possible.
“I’ve come too far, we’ve come too far as a group. We’re too close to give up now
Manchester United will look for a reaction in their next away game against Tottenham Hotspur next Saturday.
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