First the fans, now Liverpool – Old Trafford’s storm of misery continues!
It’s been almost two weeks to this day that a group of United loyalists had taken Old Trafford under siege, wrecking a storm of misery on the spiritual home of football in Manchester.
The result, the game against their fiercest rivals, Liverpool was postponed.
Well, the fixture that epitomizes English football finally got underway yesterday as Old Trafford’s storm of misery soared further, this time by a splendid, determined and clinical performance by The Reds.
A performance akin to a sage finding salvation!
Yes, that’s right, Liverpool not only beat United yesterday but created the perfect emotional storm of inflicting mayhem in the hearts of every Manchester United supporter with a whopping 4-2 score line.
You read that right, 4-2!
A more gratifying statistic though for me was with this unfavourable result, The Red Devils’ enviable record of losing just one game in the last fifteen against Liverpool at home suffered a massive dent.
Possibly one to their mammoth ego too!
So, as The Merseyside Club further cemented their claim on a top 4 finish, lets dissect this rather calamitous night if you’re a United fan:
Roberto Firmino, the difference maker in the first 45
Manchester United were the brighter of the two teams as the contest began with Edinson Cavani pouncing on a poor pass out of the box by keeper Alisson albeit hitting it wide.
Moments later, The Red Devils would go one to the good when their Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes fired a shot which took a deflection off Liverpool’s Nat Philips to go right in.
Liverpool’s moment of misfortune resulted in United’s moment of magic.
Twenty-Seven minutes in, Phillips almost made amends for his earlier debacle when he was brought down by Bailly inside the United D with the referee pointing to the spot. After checking on the pitch side monitor through VAR consultation, he reversed his decision.
This was the motivation Liverpool needed as they started an offensive onslaught with Diogo Jota coming extremely close to equalize minutes later.
The goal would finally come for The Reds when in the 34th minute, Jota backheeled the ball that beat keeper Henderson to go straight into the United goal. This after Phillips was the architect beating two defenders and going for goal, though the ball went towards the Portuguese forward who pounced on the opportunity to draw Liverpool level.
The Merseyside Club would score another as their Brazilian man, Bobby Firmino finally registered his name on the scoring sheet in injury time showing no mercy on the Red Devils after he headed a fine cross from Trent Alexander Arnold in the United net.
The score at half-time read Manchester United 1 – 2 Liverpool
Polar opposite emotions, one red with anger, the other red with joy!
Mohamed Salah seals the deal for The Reds
As the second half began, Bobby would have his brace as he capitalized on a rebound off Dean Henderson after the United keeper saved Alexander Arnold’s first effort.
Liverpool were over the moon with a two-goal cushion.
Moments later The Reds almost went three to the good, as Diogo Jota’s effort hit the post. United were spared the blushes.
The tale of twists would continue as Marcus Rashford, the star of English football reduced the deficit in the 68th minute after he made no mistake, slotting in a majestic pass from Cavani.
The margin had reduced to 3-2. The United supporters thought they had a chance.
Well, just before the final whistle, my moment of true delight would come as the dream, the chance, the opportunity that every United supporter felt they had was ruthlessly shattered by the best Liverpool has to offer, a man called Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian made a magnificent run from midfield after United lost the ball to truly seal the deal for the Reds with the fourth and final nail in the coffin.
A God sent gift if you are a Liverpool supporter as Salah slotted his 21st goal of the season to share the golden boot with Harry Kane as things stand.
Jurgen Klopp was emotionally charged, so were the players and most of all so was I.
My team had beaten their fiercest rivals on their own turf after an astounding gap of seven years dating back to March, 2014.
The European Equation is as simple as it gets
Liverpool need to win the final three fixtures and hope either of Leicester or Chelsea falter.
The Foxes and The Blues play each other next, with one of them bound to fade which strengthens our claim.
An equation as simple as that and we are in The Champions League next season.
Truth be told, what gives me hope is the resurgence in form we have shown at the right time, which should put us in a good space to beat the lesser teams in West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace.
That shall definitely happen in time, as for now, let’s just bask in the glory of beating our biggest enemy!
Be proud my Dear Reds, be very proud for what you’ve done will make us savour this special moment till the end of time.
‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’