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Mohamed Salah breaks Premier League record as Liverpool crush Man United at home



Mohamed Salah breaks Premier League record as Liverpool crush Man United at home

Mohamed Salah scored a hat trick as Liverpool beat Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, putting pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United were four fewer goals at halftime – the biggest margin in history at this point in a game – and looked disjointed as Salah, Diogo Jota and Naby Keita all found the net.

Salah added his third moment in the second half before Paul Pogba was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

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“I think it’s great to win 5-0 here, we knew before the game that it would be difficult if we didn’t play our game,” Salah said after the game.

“We knew they would come and try to give everything, so we had to give 100%.

“We just tried to play our football and play between the lines to create more chances. We did it and had the chance to score.

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“As long as the team continues to win, I’m happy and giving my best to the team to win.”

Bruno Fernandes had the opportunity to open the scoring for United after just four minutes, but exploded over the crossbar.

Liverpool responded to the fear with a goal five minutes away after United’s poor defense saw Luke Shaw attempt to score Salah, Keita and Andy Robertson. Salah chose to play with Keita, who kicked the ball past David de Gea.

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United were guilty of a poorer defense in the 13th minute, when Trent Alexander-Arnold placed a low cross into the box and Jota stretched to put it in the net.

Salah scored his first goal in the 38th minute with a low foot in front of De Gea and his second five minutes into added time at the end of the first half with a superb strike from the corner of the box.

The Egypt international scored his hat trick five minutes after the start of the second half.

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His three goals on Sunday made him the top African scorer in Premier League history, overtaking former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba by two goals.

“I am so disappointed, we gave them so many chances,” United captain Harry Maguire said.

“They were so clinical, we had a lot of chances ourselves, but I’m a defender and conceding four in the first half, especially at Old Trafford, is nowhere near enough.

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“As a player, I know myself. I will look at myself and my individual performances.

“We have to stay together, there is no point in blaming each other, but look at yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror when we get home tonight and think about what we can do better.

Cristiano Ronaldo believed he pulled one out for United in the 52nd minute with excellent individual skill, but VAR reruns showed he was offside in preparation, and the goal was disallowed.

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United’s day went from bad to worse when Pogba was sent off on the hour mark for a stud challenge against Keita, who had to be stretched out of the field.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he does not expect a 5-0 result.

“By pressing high, winning balls, I scored some wonderful goals,” said Klopp.

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“I told them at halftime to play better. We started off incredibly well and stopped playing football. We controlled the game after the fifth, it wasn’t about scoring more, just trying to come out without more injuries.

“The result is crazy, I asked if there was one like that in the story and if there isn’t, it will take time.

“The players put a great coin in the book. It’s special, but we don’t party like crazy, we have respect for the opponents.

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“We were lucky at times; United are not having their best time.

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