Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford, thumping the hosts 4-2 in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Despite agreeing that Liverpool were the deserved winners, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rued missed opportunities in the 4-2 home defeat at the hands of their old foes. Ole called the two goals Liverpool scored – just before and after the half-time break – as “bad times” to concede goals. Roberto Firmino’s first-half injury time header and another goal just two minutes into the second period made life extremely difficult for United.
Until that point, the match was evenly balanced. Earlier, a Bruno Fernandes shot took a wicked deflection to give United the lead before Diogo Jota equalised for the visitors. After two quick strikes by Firmino on either side of the half-time break, United were in deep trouble. However, when Marcus Rashford pulled one back to make it 3-2, the Red Devils were back in contention. The home team was well placed to atleast draw level. But, Mohamed Salah made sure of the three points for Liverpool with a late strike.
“Liverpool deserved the win. But it was a game that we should have capitalised on,” Solskjaer said after the match. “That start we had, we should have capitalised more on that one and that’s something we have to learn from and will learn from. I don’t think the boys understood that they [Liverpool] were here for the taking.”
“We played well and we played some great football, but when we lost the ball we were a little bit on the back foot. We let them play out and we should have pressed more and made it more difficult, but we’ll learn from it.”
The Manchester United manager also spoke about the crucial moments in the match which went against them. “Just before half-time, just after the second half starts and of course injury time are bad times to concede goals. We gave them three goals really – at least two of them we gave them,” he added.
“And after we scored again at 3-2, when we had our own momentum, we had a massive double chance then. I’ve got to say, how that ball doesn’t go in after that pinball game in there… that was the moment we should have capitalised on. Key moments went against us.”