United and Liverpool at sixes and sevens as EPL goes wild
LONDON: English football’s biggest teams have never knowledgeable a day like it. By defeats on Sunday, ranks among the heaviest in their history Liverpool and Manchester United were both at length shamed.
Liverpool managed to exceed it just when it looked like United’s 6-1 fall down at home to Tottenham Hotspur would be the day’s biggest upset in the Premier League.
On the final day of last season and are now one of only two sides with 100% starts the champions fell separately to lose 7-2 to an Aston Villa side that only avoided demotion.
United have lost their opening two home league games of the season for the first time since 1986 and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer labelled their heaviest home defeat since 2011 as “my worst day ever.”
Solskjaer said, “It’s very embarrassing, it hurt all the players. It hurts me as the manager. I will hold my hands up. I am responsible for this. I promise we’ll do everything we can to turn this around.”
No caring champion in 67 years has lost so heavily in England. It has been 57 years since Liverpool beaten as poorly.
“All the things you should not do in football we did tonight,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who added his team had lost the plot. “ The results are strange.”
In the 1980s, leading the way with perfect starts it leaves Everton and Villa whose last titles came.
To the season in strange fashion, a dramatic first-half hat deception from Ollie Watkins helped end the champions’ winning start.
After the Brazilian picked up a shoulder injury talented Watkins the opener in the fourth minute Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from goalkeeper Adrian deputising for the visitors for Alisson.
His second was clean quality as he cut inside before dismissal into the top corner to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute while there was good luck about Watkins’ first goal in a Villa shirt.
John McGinn’s deflected effort two minutes later restored Villa’s two-goal benefit while Mohamed Salah’s excellent finish looked to have Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd.
With former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley on his entrance after joining Villa on loan making it five 10 minutes into the second half Watkins completed his hat trickery inside 39 minutes.
Salah abridged the shortfall but Jack Grealish netted number six before Villa’s captain ran clear to cap the disorder.
Villa manager Dean Smith said, “To go and get a result and a performance like that, against an exceptional team, takes something special.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, bagged by United in 2018 just hours before Liverpool’s epic reduce imposed a huge blow to Solskjaer’s own job security.
A delighted Mourinho said, “It is history for Tottenham, history for my boys and I cannot deny it is also history for me.”
United misshapen as they approved four goals in the first half of a league match for the first time since 1957 in spite of taking the lead through Bruno Fernandes second minute punishment.
Tanguy Ndombele steady in the fourth minute after miserable defending from Harry Maguire and South Korea onward Son Heung-min made it two from Harry Kane’s seventh minute rapid free kick.
In the 28th minute for his reaction to a push from Erik Lamella United reduced to 10 men when Anthony Martial cruelly sent off.
With Kane, grabbing Tottenham is third in the 31st minute after stealing Eric Bailly’s weak pass that opened the floodgates as United submitted.
United were in confusion and Serge Aurier crossed for Son’s unarmed finish in the 37th minute.
Completing a brilliant conquest for Spurs, which matched United’s 6-1 loss to Manchester City in October, 2011Aurier drilled home in the 51st minute, and Kane made it, six with a 79th minute punishment.