Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he is the right man to manage Manchester United, despite a historic thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday, 24th October 2021 as Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

For the first time in Premier League history, Man United trailed 4-0 at half-time and lost by five goals without scoring at home for the first time since 1955.

The Red Devils have now taken one point from a possible 12 in the league to fall to seventh, eight points off league leaders Chelsea.

The Manchester United manager Solskjaer said: “I do believe in myself, that I am getting close to what I want with the club. The results lately haven’t been good enough, that brings doubt in anyone’s mind, but I’ve got to keep strong and believe in what we’ve been doing.”

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita started the route before Diogo Jota doubled the lead inside 15 minutes.

Salah then took center stage with a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 15 goals in 12 appearances and become the top-scoring African player in Premier League history in the process.

To round off a miserable day for United, Paul Pogba lasted less than 15 minutes as a second-half substitute as he was shown a straight red card for a reckless lunge that forced Liverpool midfielder Keita to leave the pitch on a stretcher.

Liverpool‘s first victory in front of a crowd at Old Trafford under Jurgen Klopp moves them back above Manchester City into second, just a point behind Chelsea.

Liverpool manager Klopp said: “What we did in the last third was insane. Pressing high, winning balls, scoring wonderful goals. The result is insane. I asked if there was one like this in history and if there isn’t then it will take a while (to beat).”

By contrast, United’s hopes of a first league title since 2013 already look over after the massive defeat.

That gap is likely to grow in the coming weeks with Tottenham and Manchester City to come in the next fortnight before an international break.

Whether Solskjaer will still be in charge come November is now in serious doubt as he has completely failed to form a balanced team from a talented collection of star players.

Manchester United manager Ole said: “In the last few weeks, we’ve hit a brick wall. The performances haven’t come, the results haven’t come. We’ve conceded too many easy goals and that’s a concern.”

Manchester United came from 2-0 down at the break to beat Atalanta 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday, 20th October 2021, but former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes warned after that match that Liverpool would be 4-0 up in 45 minutes if handed the same space to attack as they did to Atalanta, which came to fruition.

Liverpool attacker Salah has now scored in 10 consecutive games and overtook Didier Drogba with his 105th Premier League goal when the Egyptian turned home Keita’s cut-back with the United defence all at sea.

Liverpool inflicted further punishment before the break when Salah smashed home at De Gea’s near post.

Salah then completed his hat-trick with another cool finish five minutes into the second half after Jordan Henderson’s pass dissected the United defence once more.

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had pulled a goal back only for a VAR review to catch him in an offside position.

Another VAR check saw the end of Pogba’s brief entrance for a horrendous studs-up challenge on Keita that forced the Guinean off.

Solskjaer sacrificed Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford to try and stop the bleeding as Old Trafford emptied during the final half-hour.

Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea ensured Liverpool failed to match their record margin of victory against United with an incredible save from Alexander-Arnold’s drive.

However, that did not subdue the mood among the Liverpool traveling fans as they mockingly chanted for the manchester United manager Solskjaer to remain in his job.

Story: Abdulhakeem Bello


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