Manchester United and Liverpool concede 6 goals in the same round
For the first time in the entire history of the two clubs, the Manchester United and Liverpool teams suffered, on the same day, 6 and 7 goals, respectively, in games related to the 4th round of the Premier League 2020/21. The red devils fell at home against Tottenham de Mourinho, 1-6. The English champion fell at Villa Park, against Aston Villa, 7-2 (!).
TOTTENHAM: REVENGE OF JOSÉ MOURINHO WITH HUMILIATION
The third time was good. After assuming the technical command of Tottenham, the Portuguese coach had played two games against Manchester United, one of the teams he coached in English football, from which he left without great memories.
On the December 2019 visit to Old Trafford, José Mourinho’s Tottenham lost 2-1 to the red devils, ending up drawing 1-1 in the second round of the last championship in London.
This Sunday, the unthinkable happened. With just 30 seconds after the initial whistle of Mr Anthony Taylor (main referee who would be marked in the history of the game), Manchester United took a penalty and opened the scoring through the inevitable Bruno Fernandes.
The task seemed substantially complicated for the Tottenham team, but if the goal conceded within the first minute was already surprising, what about the resurgence of the spurs achieved in just five minutes? That’s right.
With goals at 4 ‘and 7’, Ndombelé and Son Heung-Min took advantage of Manchester United’s defensive inattentions to put Tottenham ahead, who would reach 1-3 and 1-4 even before the break, in two more moves where the defensive line of Ole Gunnar Solskjäer’s team fell asleep.
The first half was also marked by the expulsion of Anthony Martial, in the 28th minute, seconds before Tottenham’s third goal, after alleged aggression against Erik Lamela.
Losing 1-4 and outnumbered, Manchester United went through enormous difficulties in the second half, where they failed to bother Hugo Lloris, having also seen their nets swing on two more occasions. Harry Kane and Son scored twice, Ndombelé and Aurier completed the marker sheet.
MANCHESTER UNITED: THE WORST DAY OF SOLSKJÄER’S CAREER
In charge of Manchester United since 19 December 2018, the Norwegian coach – who had previously played for Molde and Cardiff – was the mirror of the Manchester team’s disappointment after the game.
In statements made in the post-match, Solskjäer said that “this was the worst day of my career as a Manchester United coach and the worst for all Manchester United players. It is not the worst day in the history of Manchester United because we have already come out on top in the past ».
It was difficult to find explanations. «Explaining, now, is a little difficult. We were defeated 6-1 at home by a good team, but we contributed a lot to this defeat. The red card to Martial made a big difference », he shot.
LIVERPOOL CHAMPION HUMILIATED BY ASTON VILLA IN BIRMINGHAM
If Mourinho’s thrashing on his return to Old Trafford is already a shock for the most susceptible, adjectives will lack to find what ipsis verbis describes what happened at Villa Park at the end of this Sunday afternoon.
After falling in the Community Shield and the EFL Cup at Arsenal’s feet, in both cases after taking penalties, and adding the three Premier League games (4-3 to Leeds, 2-0 to Chelsea and 3-1 to Arsenal), Liverpool were authentically run over.
Deprived of the contribution of some players (Sadio Mané and Thiago remain outside, infected with the COVID-19, but the list of casualties also includes Alisson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Matip and Tsimikas), the English champion continued to present a team theoretically very able to fulfil the favouritism (1.47 in Betano) in the visit to Aston Villa’s ground, which got rid of the descent to the Championship in 19/20 in the last round.
On the debut of Diogo Jota’s titleholder in the league with Jürgen Klopp’s team, it took Ollie Watkins just four minutes to score the first of three goals on his personal sheet (all achieved in the first half). At halftime, the “placard” already showed a scary 4-1 in favour of the “villains”.
In the second part, the 5-1 (pointed out by reinforcement Ross Barkley, ex-Chelsea) came even before Mohamed Salah’s “encore”, an Egyptian who watched closely the mishap that his team suffered until the end, with two more goals and several other opportunities missed by the Dean Smith team.
The final result of 7-2 and an absolutely historic day for Aston Villa, for English football … and for Liverpool, who suffered one of the worst goals in their history.
IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE PARADIGM IN CHANGE WAYS?
That the strong competitiveness of long ago is a brand image of English football, we all know that.
But it is necessary to remember that, even in the last season, Liverpool stood out from all other opponents with a phenomenal trajectory, something he had already done in 18/19, but not as well as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Assessing the historic strikes suffered by Manchester United and Liverpool and remembering the 2-5 placed by Manchester City in the reception to Leicester City (which, by the way, fell at home this Sunday … with a 3-0 defeat against West Ham), a week ago, will it be just accidents on the way or signs that the times ahead are going to be an even more competitive championship with more surprises at the top of the standings (“a la” Leicester 15/16)?