Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League to stretch the gap at the top to a nearly unassailable 16 points and the UK media had a few things to say about it – not least the indictment it was on how far the Red Devils have fallen compared to their rivals.
Despite the tense last 20 minutes as Manchester United dominated possession and chances until Mohamed Salah’s injury-time settler,
“Do not be sucked in by a tense second half and even tenser final stages,” he wrote. “Do not let the comfortable if not emphatic margin of victory fool you. Do not think that, even before Mohamed Salah’s late second, Manchester United were close to leaving Anfield with a result.
“This was a collective failure rather than down to any one individual. There are glimpses of something every now and again – an idea to be worked at, a particular skill to be developed – but too often you are left asking how these players came to represent one of the world’s biggest clubs, deserving of a place on the Premier League’s biggest wage bill.
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“A real thrashing is coming at some point. It may even be necessary in order to fully demonstrate how far United have to travel before they can hope to compete on Liverpool’s level again.”
, claiming that the Reds’ run is so ridiculous that there is no point in counting the records they’ve broken yet, as they will just break them again.
“The 30-point gap in the league table between these two teams does not flatter Liverpool and the way they scored their crucial goal perhaps told us everything we need to know about their greatness,” he wrote.
“They haven’t conceded a goal in the Premier League since December 4, a run of seven games. The last time they didn’t score in the league? Don’t even bother to check.
“Sixteen points clear now at the top of the table, the title will be theirs before long. Yesterday the Kop allowed themselves to sing about it for the first time and who can blame them?”
as they close in on a 19th English league title – one short of the Red Devils’ own record.
“A brutal light is cast on United’s relative mediocrity (and their injury problems) by Liverpool moving to 39 league games unbeaten and virtually obliging the City council to think about the victory parade route.
“A measure of how becalmed United are nowadays is that even Roy Keane is defending their honour against Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio, arguing in favour of “more time – another year at least” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Liverpool’s fans dream of Jurgen Klopp staying forever.
“It takes ingenuity to spend so much money for so little creativity.
“For champions, there are games when you play badly but scrape a win. Then there are those where you bury the opposition but win only narrowly. This was in that category.”