Salah hat-trick as Liverpool thrash Man Utd

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Mohamed Salah scores against Manchester UnitedMohamed Salah became the first away player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford for more than 18 years

Liverpool humiliated Manchester United and their under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they handed out a thrashing in front of a stunned Old Trafford.

On a day of acute embarrassment for United and Solskjaer, 10 years and one day since they lost 6-1 at home to Manchester City, Liverpool emphasised the vast gulf between the sides in brutal fashion.

Mohamed Salah was predictably their main tormentor as the Egypt forward claimed a hat-trick, the first of which meant he had scored for the 10th successive game.

Solskjaer cut a dejected figure as he and his players faced the full fury of their own fans after an insipid and disorganised display.

The warning signs were posted for United after five minutes as Liverpool sliced them open as Salah set Naby Keita through to score at the Stretford End.

Diogo Jota then slid in at the back post unmarked to add a second from Trent Alexander-Arnold's delivery eight minutes later.

Liverpool were tearing United apart and the irresistible Salah got his first when thumped the ball into the roof of the net then beat David de Gea with a low effort to give Jurgen Klopp's side a four-goal half-time lead.

Many Manchester United fans left at the break and Solskjaer response was to send Paul Pogba on for Mason Greenwood, but on a day when nothing went right for United even that mainly cosmetic move backfired horribly.

Salah raced on to Jordan Henderson's superb pass to complete his treble five minutes after the break then Pogba was sent off for a reckless lunge at Keita that saw Liverpool's midfielder taken off on a stretcher.

The rest was a formality as Liverpool cruised to victory in front of thousands of empty red seats deserted by the home supporters.

Liverpool back to their ruthless best

Liverpool were always going to come back stronger from the suffering of last season when injuries and the worst run of home form in the club's history saw them drawn into a dogfight for a place in the Champions League.

They rallied superbly to finish third and carried that good form into this new campaign, with an ominous composure about Klopp's side from the first day.

With Virgil van Dijk back in defence and Salah playing at a level that suggests he is the world's best player, they are a ruthless machine and how United felt that power.

Bruno Fernandes actually missed a very good chance to put United ahead before Keita opened the scoring but once Liverpool got ahead, Solskjaer's side were unable to cope.

With Salah as the main weapon, they cut through United at will, reducing both their players and the crowd to nervous agitation every time they went forward.

Salah is in the form of his life and this United defence was an open invitation to a team with Liverpool's range of attacking options.

In the last eight days alone, Liverpool have scored 13 goals in three games on their travels, taking in the 5-0 win at Watford and the 3-2 victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

This was Liverpool looking as formidable, confident and dangerous as they did when they won the title in 2019/20. It is shaping up to be a three-horse race along with Chelsea and Manchester City for the title and this was the performance of true thoroughbreds.

The only downside to their day was the injury to Keita, injured in a two-footed challenge by Pogba, which is a cruel blow to the midfielder given he has been showing the best form of his stop-start Liverpool career.

What now for Solskjaer?

Solskjaer was in defiant mood after United came from two goals down to beat Atalanta in the Champions League but there is a frailty and disorganisation about this team that means they will constantly fall short - and this inevitably puts pressure on the manager.

There are defeats that carry greater significance than others and the sight of United chasing shadows five goals down while Solskjaer stood on the touchline being taunted for long periods by joyous Liverpool fans made this one of those days.

Any defeat to Liverpool is painful for United fans. When the defeat is as comprehensive as this one and in front of their own supporters, it is a day that will cut deeply to every part of Old Trafford.

It was a defensive shambles, with poor communication and lack of understanding about what the team is trying to do cruelly exposed by Liverpool. As a result, this game was effectively over within 13 minutes.

Solskjaer has praised the backing of United's fans and the Stretford End largely stuck with him and the team but there were loud jeers at half time and by the time the final whistle sounded, huge sections of the stadium were deserted.

There was also a lack of discipline in the United performance, Cristiano Ronaldo perhaps fortunate to escape a red card for kicking out at Curtis Jones while he was on the floor then Pogba - presumably sent on to restore some slight semblance of order - getting one for his challenge on Keita.

United have been steadfast in their backing for Solskjaer but the shock waves of this result will have questions being asked more strongly than ever among everyone from the club's hierarchy to their fans.

Player of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

with an average of 9.22

Manchester United

  1. Squad number1Player namede Gea

  2. Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo

  3. Squad number21Player nameCavani

  4. Squad number10Player nameRashford

  5. Squad number11Player nameGreenwood

  6. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka

  7. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes

  8. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay

  9. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot

  10. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf

  11. Squad number23Player nameShaw

  12. Squad number17Player nameFred

  13. Squad number5Player nameMaguire

  14. Squad number6Player namePogba


  1. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

  2. Squad number8Player nameKeïta

  3. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

  4. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino

  5. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

  6. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

  7. Squad number5Player nameKonaté

  8. Squad number26Player nameRobertson

  9. Squad number14Player nameHenderson

  10. Squad number1Player nameAlisson

  11. Squad number17Player nameJones

  12. Squad number10Player nameMané

  13. Squad number7Player nameMilner

  14. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 86mins
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5MaguireBooked at 55mins
  • 23ShawBooked at 41mins
  • 39McTominay
  • 17FredBooked at 45mins
  • 11GreenwoodSubstituted forPogbaat 45'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 46minsSubstituted forCavaniat 62'minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forDalotat 62'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 45mins


  • 3Bailly
  • 6Pogba
  • 14Lingard
  • 20Dalot
  • 21Cavani
  • 25Sancho
  • 26Henderson
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 5Konaté
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 64'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJonesat 27'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forManéat 77'minutes
  • 20Jota


  • 10Mané
  • 12Gomez
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 32Matip

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester United 0, Liverpool 5.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Liverpool 5.

  3. Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott McTominay with a headed pass.

  4. Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross.

  5. Foul by Curtis Jones (Liverpool).

  6. Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Attempt blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball.

  8. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  9. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).

  11. Offside, Manchester United. Fred tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

  12. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United).

  15. Attempt missed. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

  16. Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  17. Attempt blocked. Edinson Cavani (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Scott McTominay with a headed pass.

  18. Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

  19. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Foul by Curtis Jones (Liverpool).

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