Manchester United suffered humiliation at Old Trafford as Liverpool came out 5-0 winners in their latest match. United’s fans booed their favorites as they walked off the pitch.
As a result, the pressure on Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is mounting.
“I have come too far, we have come too far as a group and we are too close to give up now,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports when asked if he thinks about quitting.
United was outclassed by its rivals and Mohamed Salah, who was the supreme star of the day, scoring a hat-trick in just 12 minutes. Liverpool is second from the top in the Premier League, one point below Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp’s team is unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions since the start of the campaign.
Liverpool is second in the Premier League, Man. United drop to seventh
United hit rock bottom and seemed way behind its opponents in terms of class, intensity, and means of play. Naby Keita opened the scoring after just five minutes, beating David De Gea in the box following a perfect assist from Salah. Diogo Jota made it 2-0 in the 13th minute before Liverpool’s players made way for Salah’s greatness.
The Egyptian scored three goals between the 38th and 50th minutes. Liverpool stopped its engines, but United somehow fell even deeper, with Paul Pogba being shown a straight red card on the hour mark. The Frenchman only came in at halftime to replace Mason Greenwood. This proved too much to take for thousands of Man. United fans, who left the stadium in protest.
Thousands of Manchester United fans leaving Old Trafford 😮 pic.twitter.com/OAhkwy75iW
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 24, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a beautiful goal in the 52nd minute, but VAR stepped in and disallowed it for offside.
For Ronaldo, Sunday’s defeat equals a career-low that lasted for 11 years. The 36-year-old only lost a game by five goals in the Clasico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in November 2010, when the Blaugrana smashed Real 5-0 at Camp Nou.
Even though United’s board confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still had the hierarchy’s backing following the 4-2 defeat to Leicester last weekend, this fresh shock puts additional pressure on the manager’s shoulders.
The man of the match, Salah, has scored 107 goals in the Premier League, surpassing Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in the English top-flight history.
The highest-scoring African player in @PremierLeague history.👑
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 24, 2021
Thanks to its fantastic form, Liverpool looks like a serious contender for the Premier League and Champions League trophies this season. In the English league, they are one point ahead of Manchester City and four in front of fourth-placed West Ham. Manchester United won a single point in the last four games, dropping to seventh.