Man Utd humiliated as Salah triple tackles Liverpool and West Ham rock Spurs


London (AFP) – Liverpool claimed a stunning 5-0 win over rivals Manchester United as Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and Paul Pogba’s red card doom the hosts to one of the darkest days in their history , while West Ham beat London rival Tottenham on Sunday.

Ten years after Manchester City’s infamous 6-1 win at Old Trafford, Liverpool have inflicted one of the most embarrassing losses United have ever suffered.

It was Liverpool’s biggest win against United since 1925 and got them seven points away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the Premier League table.

Liverpool, second, are just one point behind leaders Chelsea as they chase the title – an ambition that goes completely beyond hapless United after this miserable afternoon.

In a revealing indictment of United’s surrender, thousands of fans left Old Trafford long before full time.

Many supporters even fled before half-time, with those who remained loudly booing Solskjaer and his players.

United languished in seventh place after a fourth consecutive league game without a win, a dismal streak that included three losses.

The pressure on Solskjaer will be intense in the coming days as the besieged Norwegian will have to fight to hang on to his job.

Liverpool fans have added salt to United’s injuries by chanting ‘Ole must stay’ happily.

United have straddled their luck on several occasions this season after snatching wins from the jaws of defeat.

But Liverpool were far too accomplished to leave United’s flaws at the back unpunished and they were in the lead after less than five minutes.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were out of position and Salah played against Naby Keita, who found himself at home outside the shocked Stretford End.

Liverpool smelled blood and took a second in the 13th minute when Maguire and Luke Shaw became entangled, allowing Trent Alexander-Arnold to cross for Diogo Jota to convert at close range.

– Creeping Liverpool –

Jurgen Klopp’s side were endemic and Salah finished Keita’s cross in the 38th minute.

With United in disarray, Maguire was taken out of position and Salah struck at the far post in stoppage time.

Salah was not yet finished and he came out on top to complete his hat-trick in the 50th minute, making him Africa’s all-time Premier League top scorer with 106 goals.

The Egyptian striker had scored for the 10th straight game in all competitions and was the first away player to score a hat-trick at Old Trafford since Brazilian legend Ronaldo in 2003.

Summarizing United’s fate, French midfielder Pogba, sent off at half-time, lasted just 15 minutes before being sacked for a reckless spike split on Keita.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 22 games in all competitions, the kind of consistency United can only dream of.

– Antonio shoots Hammers ahead of Spurs –

At the London Stadium, a second-half strike from Michail Antonio gave West Ham their second straight league win and doomed Tottenham to a second straight 1-0 loss this week.

Beaten by Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, Tottenham once again failed to produce a consistent display as West Ham climbed above them in fourth place.

West Ham made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute as Antonio evaded Kane and returned from Aaron Cresswell’s corner, scoring 10 goals in 10 games against Tottenham for the forward.

In Sunday’s other game, Leicester won 2-1 at Brentford to extend their league unbeaten track to four games.

Yuri Tielemans’ 25-meter rocket gave Leicester the lead in the 14th minute.

Mathias Jorgensen flew over two markers to lead Brentford’s equalizer past Kasper Schmeichel from a near-post corner in the 60th minute.

James Maddison had the perfect response to his criticisms after a troubled spell as the Leicester midfielder scored in the 73rd minute, tapping into a pass void from Patson Daka for his first goal since February.

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