Liverpool scored a convincing victory against Manchester United (4-0) on Tuesday in a late 30th Premier League match. Thanks to a brace from Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the Reds have temporarily taken first place in the standings ahead of Manchester City as the Red Devils sign a poor operation for the Top 4.
In addition to Anfield’s spectacular and poignant tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo after the death of his newborn, the England scare between Liverpool and Manchester United turned into a nightmare for the Red Devils on Tuesday.
Leading quickly and completely overwhelmed by Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage, the Mancunians conceded a heavy defeat against their opponent in a late match of the 30th day of the Premier League (4–0). The Mersey club took the opportunity to temporarily steal first place in the standings ahead of the match between Manchester City and Brighton at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday.
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Luis Diaz and Salah didn’t hang around for the Reds
Even before the English fans gestured for Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool had already tormented the Reds’ defense. On an express counter, a brilliant collective movement saw Mohamed Salah inherit the ball at the entrance of the field despite a five-man defense (with Phil Jones) aligned by Ralph Rangnik. From a fine low cross towards the penalty spot, the 29-year-old Egyptian found Luis Diaz for the first goal of the evening.
The Colombian fully justified his choice of Diogo Jota by scoring his third goal in eight Premier League games since joining Liverpool during the winter transfer window (1–0, 5th). Worse yet, for Manchester United, Paul Pogba was injured early in action and immediately demanded a change for his final England derby.
“It took time,” joked Gary Lineker on social networks after Luis Diaz’s goal. Liverpool front five minutes later. It could get dirty.
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The former Leicester and Evren striker couldn’t say enough good. After only twenty minutes of play, Mohamed Salah also scored a David de Gea cheat that was still omitted from his defence.
After more than two months without scoring in a game in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah quickly proved Jurgen Klopp right on Tuesday evening. In recent days, Liverpool’s German coach called on his Egyptian striker to be patient. Anfield’s Pharaoh fully returned this confidence by adjusting the Manchester goalkeeper from Sadio Mane (2-0, 22nd) on a fine start in the depths. Egypt is the second player in Premier League history to score and assist against the Red Devils. Before him, only Mesut Ozil had reached there in 2015-2016.
Mane and Salah have finished
The Imperial, Fabinho-Henderson-Thiago trio in midfield completely suffocated the Manchester United collective. And on a new action from the Reds, Luis Diaz thought he would offer himself a double to give his team more room for success. In an offside position, the Colombian conceded his own goal (2–0, 34th). In contrast, the Red Devils showed nothing and even made a total of zero shots on target before the break, zero shots at all to be honest. Cristiano Ronaldo was missed.
Back from the locker room, Jadon Sancho’s entry into the game didn’t really help. And minutes after Manchester United’s first attempt, Sadio Mane also scored a blocked shot by Alison Baker. On a center from Luis Diaz, Senegal found the short net of David de Gea to score his 19th goal of the season in all competitions (3–0.68th). The Reds’ three attacking players (Louis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane) were goal scorers and decisive assists during this England derby. And to think that they have only been playing together for two and a half months. Unprecedented.
To push the point home a bit further, Mohamed Salah took advantage of a much longer recovery from the Reds and a light pass from Jordan Henderson to offer himself a double with a subtle dive (4-0, 85th).
Liverpool leaders, United’s European future in danger
Looking forward to Wednesday evening’s duel between Manchester City and Brighton, Liverpool have temporarily taken first place in the Premier League standings. With 76 points, the Reds are two steps ahead of the Skyblues. Pep Guardiola’s men will have an outright victory against Seagal at the Etihad Stadium if they are to regain their throne. A Manchester City draw would leave Liverpool on top with six rounds to go.
Manchester United said goodbye to their hopes of qualifying for the next Champions League, with a heavy defeat at Anfield on Tuesday evening. Sixth with 54 points from 33 games, the Red Devils may have grilled their last Joker. Led by Arsenal on goal difference, Manchester United have played two more games than the Gunners. Even worse, the fourth place held by Tottenham goes a little further. With one more game to play, Spurs are now three steps ahead of Manchester United.
Presented as the next coach of the Mancunian club, Dutchman Erik ten Haag will have to work hard to rebuild the team. The Red Devils will not play in the Champions League next season, except for a miracle in the final sprint. After the England derby was mastered to perfection by Liverpool, the residents of Anfield put a lot of pressure on Manchester City. The suspense continues in the race for the title.