Liverpool 4-0 United: Salah scored twice as rampant Reds go top

Liverpool 4-0 United: Salah scored twice as rampant Reds go top
Liverpool 4-0 United: Salah scored twice as rampant Reds go top

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 victory against a hapless Manchester United at Anfield on Tuesday.

Within 22 minutes, Luis Diaz and Salah had scored to put Jurgen Klopp’s side on pace to leapfrog defending champions Manchester City, who will look to reclaim the top spot when they face Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

For the first time in four years, Manchester United failed to register a single shot in the first half of a Premier League encounter. They came back from 2-0 down to overcome City 3-2 the last time, but there were little hints of such a thrilling comeback this time.

Sadio Mane ensured that by adding a superb finish to his outstanding assist for Salah, completing Liverpool’s first Premier League double over Manchester United since the 2013-14 season.

The Reds took the lead after only five minutes, with Salah exploiting United’s lacklustre defence and squaring for Diaz to tap home.

In the seventh minute, the supporters came together in a moving display of support for Cristiano Ronaldo, who was absent due to the death of his infant boy.

Salah produced a superb finish to a nice play featuring Diaz, Joel Matip, and Mane after Paul Pogba was forced out with an injury.

United showed more tenacity as interim manager Ralf Rangnick changed the formation for the second half, with half-time substitute Jadon Sancho ultimately working Alisson with an attempt.

Alisson saved superbly from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga after the hour mark, but Liverpool increased their lead in the 68th minute when Mane stroked a pass from Diaz past David de Gea and into the bottom-right corner.

Salah then hooked the ball over De Gea with five minutes remaining, condemning United to a third consecutive Premier League away defeat for only the fourth time in the competition’s history.