Following Liverpool’s sensational team goal finished off by Mohamed Salah at Anfield, Gary Neville has labelled Manchester United’s players a “waste of space.” Liverpool and Manchester United games are notoriously close, but Jurgen Klopp’s side has taken complete control in recent years.
The Reds thrashed United 5-0 at Old Trafford earlier this season, and it looked like a repeat performance was in the offing early on Tuesday night. When both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah raced down the right wing with Diaz free in the middle, United’s defence was all over the place.
Within five minutes, Salah found his strike partner in Diaz, who scored Liverpool’s first goal. The Red Devils couldn’t get out of their own half as Liverpool piled on the pressure in search of a second goal.
After some excellent football between Joel Matip and Sadio Mane, it came in spectacular fashion in the 22nd minute. Mane dinked a brilliant first-time pass over the top of Harry Maguire and into Salah’s feet, who finished expertly past David de Gea to send Anfield into raptures.
While Neville waxed lyrical about Liverpool’s build-up, he was enraged by United’s current state of affairs.
He said on Sky Sports, “Let’s be clear, this United team is a waste of space.” “However, Liverpool’s football has been absolutely sublime here.
“Mane’s pass, Salah’s touch, and Salah’s finish are all world-class. It’s why Liverpool are in such a strong position to win the remaining 10 or 11 games of the season.”
United knew they had a chance to jeopardise their opponents’ chances of completing a historic quadruple. However, United’s last victory over Liverpool at Anfield was in January 2016, when they failed to impress on Merseyside’s red side.
Ralf Rangnick had chosen to start three central defenders in an attempt to keep Liverpool’s frontline at bay. Phil Jones was brought in for only his second Premier League start of the season, and he was joined by Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of United’s match against Liverpool due to the tragic death of his baby son earlier in the day.