Manchester United's three worst players against Liverpool

Manchester United produced an utterly unacceptable performance at home to Liverpool and were deservedly beaten 5-0.

The game was over by half-time and United were actually fortunate Liverpool did not score more in a second half where Paul Pogba was sent of.

There were no individual performances to be proud of but on a miserable day, three players stood out as particularly poor in a red shirt.

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Victor Lindelof

Lindelof approached the game timidly, and looked utterly devoid of confidence on the ball.


Raphael Varane’s absence has handed the Sweden captain a chance to remind Solskjaer of his quality, but he was poor throughout here.

Lindelof’s display did not inspire confidence and created nervousness throughout Old Trafford from the off.

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Harry Maguire

Lindelof’s central defensive partner Maguire was just as bad.

He was rushed back at Leicester, putting in a poor performance at the home of his former club and this was even worse.

Maguire crashed into Luke Shaw in the lead-up to Diogo Jota’s goal, which made it 2-0.

As the leader of this team, scrutiny will fall on him as he oversaw a heavy home defeat for the second time in a little over a year and rightly so.

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Luke Shaw

Shaw has been below the standard he set for himself all season and this was his toughest test so far, up against Mo Salah.

Salah scored a hat-trick and Shaw was all at sea. He played Maguire into trouble early on, and never got to grips with the game.

Shaw was often dragged out of position and has some work to do now to rebuild his confidence.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.