Manchester United's recent winning streak comes to a crashing halt as Liverpool scores seven goals against them in a humiliating defeat at Anfield
|Mohammed Salah celebrates his brace and Liverpool's sixth on their way to a record equaling 7-0 humbling of Manchester United on Sunday. (Photo credit: Talk Sport)|
There are certain days you go to work and end up wishing you didn’t step out. Manchester United experienced one of such days on their trip to Liverpool.
The red devils were terribly molested by that one opponent they would wish not to suffer from.
How odd can it be to figure that Manchester United actually went into the match on Sunday against Liverpool as the favourites to win following their recent form and the fact that Liverpool have been indifferent home and away this season?
Since returning from the World Cup, Marcus Rashford has only failed to score in one Premier League game, and that was the game against Crystal Palace.
And no team has picked up more points than the Red Devils since then as well, making the trip to Anfield one to savour, but in the end, they were devoured.
It didn’t come to life for either side until late in the first half; Bruno Fernandes had headed wide from close range for what was the best chance of the half until Cody Gakpo danced inside Rafael Varane to hand Liverpool the lead.
The second half was a totally different game, with Liverpool ramming seven past Manchester United in broad daylight.
Mohammed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and the Dutchman who nearly signed for the visitors all got on the score sheet twice each, with Roberto Firmino adding the last goal late on.
United missed the chance to close in on Manchester City in second but still hold the advantage for third spot.
Talk of an unprecedented quadruple is now realistically out of the window, but United won’t accept their league season is over yet.
"Second half, it was just not us," Ten Hag said. "It was not our standards. We didn't play as a team. It was unprofessional. Yes [I am angry]. Definitely.
"I am surprised because I have seen the last weeks and months this team is resilient and has a winning attitude.
"Second half, we didn't have a winning attitude at all. We didn't stick to the plan and we didn't do our jobs. We didn't track back and it was really unprofessional.
"We have seen in the past we can bounce back. After Brentford, after Manchester City. This is definitely a strong setback and is unacceptable. I'm really disappointed and angry about it. It is a reality check. We have to take this strong."
Liverpool can see the top four within their sights now as the Kop currently sit fifth on the log and would usurp Tottenham in fourth on goal difference if they do win their game in hand.
The Premier League is shaping up for a climactic finish.