Five things we learned from Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester United produced a pitiful performance against fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield and surrendered to a 4-0 defeat.
Here are five things we learned from the clash on Merseyside…
Moving tribute for Cristiano Ronaldo
In the seventh minute of tonight’s clash both sets of supporters came together to pay their condolences to Cristiano Ronaldo and his family.
United fans sang ‘Viva Ronaldo’ and Liverpool fans sung ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it was a great moment in a highly-charged game where both sets of supporters put aside their rivalry to pay their respects to the great Portuguese.
Ronaldo was absent from the clash after the death of his new-born son, which he disclosed on social media on Monday night.
End of the road for Paul Pogba
The World Cup winner lasted just 10 minutes of tonight’s clash before hobbling off shortly after Liverpool broke the deadlock.
It looked like United’s number six had picked up an ankle injury he showed next to no appetite to try and play on, he couldn’t wait to be replaced.
Pogba’s second stint in a Manchester United shirt is coming to an end and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 29-year-old didn’t feature again for the Red Devils.
Gulf in class widening
Manchester United finished above Liverpool last season but that was only down to Jurgen Klopp side’s injury crisis at the heart of their defence.
With Liverpool back at full strength this season, Klopp’s side are back at the peak of their powers while United’s demise has been startling.
Liverpool toyed with the Red Devils at times and Erik ten Hag faces a tall order getting this club back to where it belongs.
But just like Klopp was, ten Hag needs time to rebuild the club and implement his own blueprint on the team.
Fourth spot a pipedream
Manchester United’s Champions League hopes have only been kept alive due to Arsenal and Tottenham’s lacklustre performances.
But with United unable to pull together a string of results or performances, United haven’t got a chance of securing top four.
United look capable of being beat by anyone right now and without Ronaldo pulling us out the mire, things aren’t likely to improve anytime soon.
Hopefully more outings for Hannibal
With United’s injury struggles showing no signs of easing and the club’s senior stars continuing to underperform, Rangnick could well be tempted to play some of the younger players.
Hannibal Mejbri came off the bench in the closing stages to make his first Premier League appearance of the season.
Hopefully before the season concludes, United fans get to see a lot more of the Tunisian. Clearly frustrated with United’s malaise, Hannibal flew into tackles and showed more desire than the majority of his teammates.