Salah martyred the defense of the Red Devils
TOPS/FLOPS – The incredible games of Salah and Gakpo, the volcano of Anfield, a suffering defense at United and a helpless attack… find the Tops and Flops of Liverpool’s victory over Manchester United (7-0).
The perfect copy of Mohamed Salah
It is certainly one of the most successful individual performances of the season in the Premier League. This Sunday, it was he who put the Mancunian defense through hell. Decisive on four of Liverpool’s seven goals against Manchester United (2 goals and 2 assists), the Egyptian pharaoh succeeded in everything. Just in these choices, precise in front of the goal and present in the pressing, Mohamed Salah delivered an almost perfect match. The only false note, his yellow card received after taking off his jersey to celebrate his second goal with the crazy Anfield public. Difficult to resist after such a match and such an atmosphere.
The Reds supporters present at the stadium this Sunday will certainly remember this March 5, 2023 for a very long time. If the game on the ground responded more than present, with a festival of the attacking trio, the atmosphere in the stands was also sensational. At the heart of a complicated season for their team, Anfield made less noise this season. But this historic victory has given new life to the Reds stadium which has turned into a veritable volcano. An incessant din for 90 minutes which redoubled in intensity during a second half which looked like hell for Manchester United. A perfect evening for them too.
Cody Gakpo seduced his own
Like his attacking partner Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo has been criticized since his arrival. But his match could well mark the beginning of a beautiful story between him and his supporters. Very restless on the front of the attack, he scored two very beautiful goals including one on a subtle lob on David De Gea, just in front of the kop of the Reds fans. What to be able to celebrate well with supporters seduced by his performance. A match like this can serve to build confidence and serve as a trigger for the rest of his story at Liverpool.
A desperate Mancunian defense
A nightmare. This is how we could sum up the match of the entire Mancunian defense. Taken by the speed of Salah, Gakpo and others, each transition represented a danger for Varane and his teammates. The French lost many duels and failed to reassure his partners. Next to him, Lisandro Martinez, author of a good start to the match, lived through hell against Mohamed Salah while Luke Shaw, also overwhelmed, seemed very close to losing his nerve several times. An evening to forget for them.
Marcus Rashford too helpless
In the form of his life since the post-World Cup recovery, Rashford is now expected at the turn at each outing. But this Sunday, he failed to show himself and failed to create real scoring opportunities, except when he hit the post from an ultra-closed angle. However, he was repeatedly thrown deep by his teammates but he too often found himself alone, without solutions and powerless against van Djik and Konaté.
Erik Ten Hag without solutions
Hailed for his excellent tactical choices since the start of the season, Erik Ten Tag has probably had his worst game since becoming Manchester United coach. He watched his team suffer red waves and be helpless on the Reds’ quick transitions without finding the solution to end it. The attacking animation of the Reds Devils was also too weak to worry Liverpool and the Dutch coach failed to react to give his team some air. A defeat so he should learn lessons for the future.