Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Manchester United were ripped apart by relentless rivals Liverpool to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under the most intense scrutiny of his near three years in charge.
The 202nd meeting of two of English football’s biggest rivals will live long in the memory after Jurgen Klopp’s men ran amok and recorded the club’s biggest win at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were as impressive as United were poor, with scintillating Salah’s treble complementing early goals from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota in a 5-0 rout in which substitute Paul Pogba was sent off.
Sir Alex Ferguson was seen shaking his head in disbelief after the fifth goal, with the visiting fans chanting Solskjaer’s name during an embarrassing display that will test the Old Trafford hierarchy’s support of their manager.
Never before in Premier League history had United gone into half-time four goals behind, but their consistently poor defence was punished by Liverpool as Keita and Jota scored before two Salah strikes.
A cacophony of boos met the half-time whistle and the Egyptian magician completed his hat-trick five minutes after the restart, with Pogba’s red card for a poor tackle on Keita compounding matters.
RED! Pogba sent off for lunge on Keita
GOAL! Salah completes hat-trick
GOAL! Salah adds double before half-time
GOAL! Jota makes it two from close range
GOAL! Keita scores inside five minutes
TV channel: Sky Sports
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More from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from his post-match news conference: “It is the worst feeling.
“The feeling that we are getting to where we want to be has been there. Last few weeks we have hit a brick wall. We have conceded too many easy goals. That is a concern. This is the lowest I have been. I accept the responsibility. That is mine today. “
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to Sky Sports
Asked if he has any doubts he is the right man for the job, Solskjaer said: “No. I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now.
"It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there is loads of characters there.
"We know we are rock bottom, we cannot feel any worse than this. Let’s see where we take it."
"It is the darkest day I have had leading these players.”
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to BBC Sport.
"Bruno Fernandes had a chance early on but we were incredibly clinical. We put them under pressure with out high press and it was phenomenal.
“As the opponent you cannot gain confidence or momentum. We know the story of United this season, but 4-0 makes it tricky. 5-0, come on, control it and try to get through it. It was not about humiliating anybody.
"The game was decided then we have to bring it home, when it was pretty much over don't give them a chance but we did when we let Cristiano Ronaldo score but it was offside so we were lucky.
“We wanted to write our own chapters in the history book and this was another. “
A dejected Harry Maguire has been speaking to Sky Sports
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“First and foremost, I want to apologise to the fans, it was nowhere near good enough.
“I’m here [on media duty] because I have to be here but the only real thing I’ve got to say is I apologise to the fans.
“In the first half it was too open. I’m not here to analyse the game, I’m so disappointed. We gave them chances and they were clinical. Defensively, I’m a defender, and to concede four in a half of football, especially at Old Trafford playing for this club, is unacceptable.
“I’m the captain of this club so I lead the boys and we’ve got to come together, stick together, there’s no point blaming each other.
“To lose to Liverpool in any game hurts. They’re our rivals and the way we lost the game, to be 4-0 down at half-time in front of our fans, is not good enough.”
Mo Salah has been speaking to Sky Sports...
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“We know what it takes to win the Premier League, we did it two years ago. A big win here but still only three points.
“We try to win each game and try to win the title. We need to play to win everything. From our heads from pre-season, we need to win the Premier League and hopefully we go for that.
“After half-time we were talking in the dressing room to just keep going and score as many as we could.”
Neville: Solskjaer will get ‘an absolute battering'
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“The pressure after this game is going to be absolutely intolerable in certain quarters,” said Man United legend Gary Neville on Sky Sports.
“The board have made everyone aware over the last few weeks, in certain briefing, that they are absolutely steadfast in their support of the manager.
“I think he stays, and they are going to go through these difficult moments and let him build this new. Results like this undermine that. There is absolutely no doubt. It is sobering.
“Forget this one, the other eight [Premier League] performances have been poor. It has been coming this sobering moment.
“They have got to change, they have got to change. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to get that chance to change I believe. But there is going to be untold pressure, from every single source.
“There is no doubt the manager is going to get an absolute battering and there is going to be calls for his head like you would not believe in the next 24 hours.”
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We’ll have all the reaction from Old Trafford as we get it. Could be tasty.
FT: Man United 0-5 Liverpool
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90 mins: What happens to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from here?
There’s going to be a heck of a lot of pressure on the Norwegian in the next few days...
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83 mins: How has this not gone in?
McTominay is completely free at the back post to nod across goal and Cavani connects with it three yards out but diverts it onto the crossbar.
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81 mins: Mane is now on, in place of Firmino, and he hasn’t got the memo about knocking it about as he tries to go it alone but is eventually crowded out.
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76 mins: A few signs of mercy, perhaps, from Liverpool, who are just stroking it about now. Klopp hasn’t even bothered bringing on Sadio Mane...
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71 mins: Brilliant save!
De Gea couldn’t do a great deal about any of the five goals but United have him to thank for Alexander-Arnold’s rocket not bringing a sixth. Superb, one-handed stop to tip it over the bar.
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70 mins: Liverpool’s fans are urging their men on. They want six, seven, eight.
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65 mins: The Liverpool fans are having a whale of a time. “Ole must stay!” is the chant. Wouldn’t put money on it, lads.
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64 mins: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on for Keita, who leaves the field on a stretcher. There’s been some real indiscipline from United and that was a horrible tackle.
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62 mins: This doesn’t look good for Naby Keita. A stretcher is being readied, adding to Liverpool’s midfield injury worries.
Solskjaer reacts with a double change - Fernandes and Rashford are dragged and Cavani and Dalot enter the fray.
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60 mins: Red card!
Paul Pogba, on at half-time to try and help salvage something, is sent off 15 minutes later for a two-footed challenge on Keita.
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59 mins: Ooooh, this is another poor tackle. Pogba goes in two-footed on Keita - it’s yellow at first but Anthony Taylor has been summoned to the pitch side monitor.
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57 mins: You could hear Andy Robertson as Liverpool celebrated that fifth goal.
“Keep going, keep going, be ruthless!”
They fancy more here.
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Cristiano Ronaldo thinks he’s got one back with a superb low strike into the far corner but VAR chalks it off. He was just offside in the build-up.
GOAL! Man United 0-5 Liverpool | Mo Salah 50'
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Jordan Henderson carves United open with an outrageous pass, outside of the boot, and Salah is in again, two perfect touches and a little dink over De Gea to complete his hat-trick!
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48 mins: That change has brought a shift to a 4-3-1-2 for United, with Rashford joining Ronaldo up front and Fernandes playing just behind them.
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46 mins: Bruno Fernandes immediately shows some frustration with a late one on Curtis Jones and he’s straight into the book at the start of the second half.
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Paul Pogba is coming on for Mason Greenwood at the break.
Weird, because Greenwood had been half-decent.
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They’ve just shown a few aerial shots on Sky Sports of some fans leaving Old Trafford at half-time. Not sure you can blame them either.
Ten in a row for super Mo
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Well, where to start?
I think plenty of people saw this kind of performance coming but 4-0 down at half-time? That’s never happened to Man United at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.
If Liverpool want it enough, this could be anything.
HT: Man United 0-4 Liverpool
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United are booed off. It’s a rout.
GOAL! Man United 0-4 Liverpool | Mo Salah 45+5'
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It’s so, so easy for Liverpool as they shift it across the box and Salah looks almost sheepish as he fires past De Gea at the near post.
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45+1 mins: Uh oh. Ronaldo’s lost it here.
He goes in on goal from a tight angle and is denied by Alisson, and then has a couple of angry kicks out at the ball, which is lodged under Curtis Jones, who has been fouled. Just a yellow.
GOAL! Man United 0-3 Liverpool | Mo Salah 38’
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This man cannot stop scoring!
And this is turning into a rout. It’s good build-up play and then a little bit of good fortune as the ball deflects out to Keita, who squares for Salah to finish.
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36 mins: Liverpool don’t look especially solid. United are finding space between the lines, the absence of Fabinho being felt, but the final ball just hasn’t been there yet.
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32 mins: My word. Rashford, from just inside the Liverpool half, tries to pass back to - well, I’m not sure who. All he does is send Mo Salah away up the line and De Gea has to bail his teammate out with a good block from a tight angle.
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29 mins: More bright stuff from the home side as Greenwood works half-a-yard and fizzes at goal with little back-lift but Alisson is equal to it and the corner comes to nothing.
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25 mins: Looks like James Milner’s got a problem. He asks Alisson not to take a quick throw out and then sits down on the deck and signals for the physio.
Curtis Jones is imminent.
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22 mins: Better from United. They’re patient in their build-up, despite the crowd pushing for a bit more urgency, and eventually Shaw has space to let fly from the corner of the box. Only a yard wide.
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18 mins: Well, we’re not even a quarter of the way through this game but we’re already at the point where if Liverpool get one more it could be absolute carnage.
GOAL! Man United 0-2 Liverpool | Diogo Jota 14'
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Oh dear, oh dear.
There’s a huge mix-up between Shaw and Maguire, who get in each other’s way trying to clear and that allows Keita to feed Alexander-Arnold.
The right-back’s delivery is on the money as always and Jota can’t miss.
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7 mins: Almost a second!
Liverpool are all over United. Keita nicks it in midfield and they’re away again but the pass forces Firmino a bit wider than he’d like and De Gea keeps him out.
GOAL! Man United 0-1 Liverpool | Naby Keita 5’
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They’ll rue that chance even more now!
It’s so easy for Liverpool as Greenwood and Wan-Bissaka are bypassed as they try to press and suddenly Salah has his pick of who to slot clean through on goal.
He chooses Keita and he just slides it coolly past De Gea.
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3 mins: Big chance!
Lovely stuff from United as Ronaldo and Greenwood both shift it first-time out to Fernandes on the right, but he slashes at his finish and sends it high and wide of Alisson’s near post.
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We are underway...
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Here we go then. The teams are on their way out at Old Trafford.
This should be a cracker.
Jurgen Klopp has been explaining his decision to leave out Sadio Mane...
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“I just have to use the squad, that’s how it is. Jota has been in outstanding scoring form, he’s training on an outstanding level.
“You have to defend at the highest level, attack and play football, respect their strengths but show our quality. It’s a special game but it’s a football game.”
Twenty minutes to kick-off...
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 24, 2021
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The big news from the Liverpool team sheet is that there’s no place in the starting lineup for Sadio Mane as Diogo Jota joins Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack.
Meanwhile, at the back Ibrahima Konate is preferred to Joel Matip as partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Fernandes, Rashford fit
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So after a few injury doubts, pretty much everyone Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could realistically have hoped to have available is.
Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes have both recovered from their midweek exploits against Atalanta, as has Fred, who hobbled off late in that game.
Liverpool team news
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Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konaté, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Keïta, Firmino, Jota, Salah
Subs: Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi, Mane
Man United team news
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Man United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Ronaldo
Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Dalot, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Van de Beek, Cavani, Sancho
We’ll have team news in 15 minutes...
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 24, 2021
Premier League head-to-head
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Manchester United wins: 28
Liverpool wins: 16
Standard Sport prediction
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Back in May, Liverpool swept to a 4-2 win at Old Trafford, but tight, low scoring games are the usual fare whenever these two old rivals meet. United haven’t beaten Liverpool in the league since March 2018 - a run stretching six matches - and have won just one of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
They say form goes out the window in these titanic clashes, but recent head to head results, as well as the respective performances this season, points to a comfortable win for the visitors.
Manchester United 1-3 Liverpool.
Liverpool team news
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Thiago Alcantara misses out for Liverpool with injury, but Curtis Jones is back in contention, while Fabinho will likely come back into the starting lineup, having come on as a half-time substitute in midweek.
“What’s clear is that Curtis will train with us today, that’s the plan. And Thiago not. So these are the two things I know for the moment,” said Klopp on Friday.
“Curtis will train with us today completely, he should be in contention. Thiago is running again, which is a good sign. I am not sure if he will return before the international break. But for sure after it. We will see.”
Man United team news
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Manchester United have fitness doubts over both Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes following their to-and-fro clash with Atalanta in the Champions League.
“Games like Wednesday night are always going to bring knocks and bruises,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“We do have two or three from that game. Bruno might be one of them that is a doubt, but he’s doing everything he can to be ready.”
How to watch
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TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool.
We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of a 4:30pm kick-off...