Can Manchester United beat Liverpool? Can the disparate elements and talents at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal be weaved into a harmonious unit?
These are the questions Ole must answer on Sunday at Old Trafford when United host unbeaten Liverpool. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane have once again clicked into a unit and Liverpool’s front three have already scored 16 league goals in the eight EPL games played so far.
United had to rely on the stardust of Cristiano Ronaldo to get over UCL opponents-Villarreal and Atalanta-in recent weeks.
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Kick-off is 4.30 p.m.
Pogba and Sane benched
Manchester United XI: David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo
Liverpool XI: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; James Milner, Jordan Henderso, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino
United and Liverpool are the two most successful English teams
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In the league, United have 68 wins to Liverpool’s 58, with 50 draws.
Jurgen Klopp’s last visit to Old Trafford on May 13, 2021, yielded a 4-2 win. Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino (2), and Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s goals while United scored first through Bruno Fernandes in the 10th minute and the fifth goal of the encounter through Marcus Rashford in the 68th minute as Salah completed the victory seal in the 90th minute.
Manchester United squad: $1 billion
Liverpool squad: $1 billion
Manchester United squad: 28
Liverpool squad: 27.1
5 mins – Naby Keita gives Liverpool the lead. The second goal in the second consecutive match for the Guinea international.
7 mins – United have De Gea to thank as he saves Firmino’s goal-bound shot. That could have been two in two minutes for Liverpool
10 mins – Rashford shoots from outside the box but he did not hit it as cleanly as he would have wanted.
14 mins – Jota adds the second with confirmation from VAR
19 mins – Cristiano Ronaldo misses with his first shot
23 mins – Luke Shaw fires a shot across the Liverpool posts. That was close!
32 mins – Another save from De Gea – this time from Mohamed Salah to keep the deficit at two
38 mins – Salah adds the third with less than 40 minutes on the clock. That goal was a result of good passing and movement from the Liverpool players. Keita with the assist.
45 mins – Ungentlemanly behaviour from Ronaldo; kicking out at a prostrate Curtis Jones. United may end this match less than the 11 that started. Bad foul by Fred on Keita. United are in shambles right now.
50 mins – Salah adds his second and Solksjaer’s misery is compounded. Old Trafford is emptying at half time.
First Half: Manchester United 0-4 Liverpool
United have been truly blitzed by the Reds. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team has looked disjointed from back to front and they now face a situation the team has never faced in their existence.
Paul Pogba replaces Mason Greenwood at the start of the second half.
50 mins – Salah gets his hat trick. The Match commentator said the first half was A united clueless performance against a relentless Liverpool team. It is now a chastening at Old Trafford.
51 mins – Ronaldo reduces the deficit but the goal is cancelled by VAR for offside.
55 mins – Harry Maguire commits a tactical foul on Jota as the Liverpool looked set to pull the trigger
59 mins – Second half substitute Paul Pogba with a two-footed tackle on Keita and VAR checked for a possible red car and he is sent off
62 mins – Extensive treatment for Keita on the pitch and he is stretchered off. Cavani and Diogo Dalot come on for Bruno Fernandes and Rashford. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also come on for Keita
70 mins – Trent Alexander-Arnold forces De Get into another wonderful save. It is the United goalkeeper that is keeping this from being a cricket score.
76 mins – With the score at 5-0, Klopp sends on Sadio Mane to replace Roberto Firmino
82 mins – Liverpool conducting a training session at Old Trafford. At least the United fans will know the true state of their development under Solksjaer.
83 mins – Cavani hits the crossbar with a close shot-no joy for United today.
Three minutes are added on at Old Trafford but the United fans have been leaving in great numbers since the end of the first half. Next up for Solskjaer are two away matches to Tottenham and Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League
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