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Liver­pool, Man Utd hu­mil­i­ated as Premier League goes wild

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London, United King­dom (AFP) — Cham­pi­ons Liver­pool suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing 7-2 de­feat at As­ton Villa and Tot­ten­ham Man­ager Jose Mour­inho savoured a 6-1 win over his for­mer club Manch­ester United in one of the most as­ton­ish­ing days in Premier League his­tory.

Bit­ter ri­vals Liver­pool and United were joined in mis­ery on Sun­day af­ter chas­ten­ing de­feats that rank among the worst that English foot­ball’s two most suc­cess­ful clubs have ever suf­fered.

His­to­ri­ans were reach­ing for the record books as the goals flowed, first at Old Traf­ford as United con­ceded six goals in a match for only the third time in the Premier League era, then at Villa Park as Liver­pool sur­ren­dered seven goals for the first time since 1963.

For the first time since 1986, United have lost their open­ing two home league games of the sea­son and Man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer la­belled their heav­i­est home de­feat since 2011 as “my worst day ever”.

“It’s very em­bar­rass­ing. It hurt all the play­ers, it hurts me as the man­ager,” Sol­sk­jaer said.

“I’ll hold my hands up, I’m re­spon­si­ble for this. I prom­ise we’ll do ev­ery­thing we can to turn this around.”

Jur­gen Klopp was so taken by sur­prise at Liver­pool’s col­lapse that he ac­tu­ally wore a be­mused grin at times as his team fell to the big­gest de­feat of the Ger­man’s ca­reer.

“We lost balls in the wrong area and did not pro­tect prop­erly. It looked like we lost the plot af­ter it went to 1-0,” Klopp said.

“We cre­ated but did not pro­tect our­selves prop­erly so each ball we lost was a mas­sive counter-at­tack.

“There is no­body to blame apart from me and us.”

Liver­pool’s chief tormentor was Ol­lie Watkins, who be­came the first Villa player to score a hat-trick against the Reds for 88 years.

Watkins bagged Villa’s first af­ter a mis­take by Liver­pool keeper Adrian in the fourth minute.

He net­ted again in the 22nd minute be­fore Mo­hamed Salah got one back.

John Mcginn’s de­flected ef­fort made it three and Watkins scored Villa’s fourth be­fore half-time.

Ross Barkley, in his de­but af­ter join­ing on loan from Chelsea, scored Villa’s fifth af­ter the break with the aid of a de­flec­tion.

Salah re­duced the deficit but

Jack Gre­al­ish net­ted num­ber six be­fore Villa’s cap­tain ran clear to cap the rout.

Sec­ond-place Villa have won all three league games this term, while Liver­pool’s first de­feat of the sea­son left Klopp won­der­ing how to fix a leaky de­fence that has shipped 11 goals in four matches.

Mour­inho’s united hon­our

Just hours be­fore Liver­pool’s epic melt­down, Tot­ten­ham boss Mour­inho, sacked by United in 2018, in­flicted a huge blow to Sol­sk­jaer’s own job se­cu­rity.

De­spite tak­ing the lead through Bruno Fer­nan­des’ sec­ond-minute penalty, United col­lapsed as they con­ceded four goals in the first half of a league match for the first time since 1957.

Tan­guy Ndombele equalised in the fourth minute af­ter dis­mal de­fend­ing from Harry Maguire and South Korea for­ward Son He­ung-min made it two from Harry Kane’s sev­enth-minute quick free kick.

United were re­duced to 10 men when An­thony Mar­tial was harshly sent off in the 28th minute for his re­ac­tion to a push from Erik Lamela.

That opened the flood­gates as United sur­ren­dered, with Kane grab­bing Tot­ten­ham’s third in the 31st minute af­ter steal­ing Eric Bailly’s weak pass.

United were in dis­ar­ray and Serge Aurier crossed for Son’s close-range fin­ish in the 37th minute.

Aurier drilled home in the 51st minute and Kane made it six with a 79th-minute penalty.

“To win 6-1 against Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford is an hon­our for all of us, con­sid­er­ing the di­men­sion of Manch­ester United and Old Traf­ford,” Mour­inho said.

Arsenal beat Sh­effield United 2-1 to make it three wins from four games.

Mikel Arteta’s men opened the scor­ing on the hour mark when Bukayo Saka headed home Hec­tor Bel­lerin’s cross.

Bel­lerin was the provider again mo­ments later as Nicolas Pepe drove for­ward to score.

David Mc­goldrick halved the deficit seven minutes from time with the Blades’ first league goal of the sea­son, but they re­main with­out a point.

Le­ices­ter’s per­fect start came to a shud­der­ing halt with a 3-0 de­feat at home to West Ham.

Southamp­ton beat West Brom 2-0, while Wolves de­feated Fulham 1-0.

 ??  ?? Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s French mid­fielder Tan­guy Ndombele (left) shoots to score his team’s first goal past Manch­ester United’s Span­ish goal­keeper David de Gea (right) to equalise dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester United and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, north-west England, yes­ter­day.
Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s French mid­fielder Tan­guy Ndombele (left) shoots to score his team’s first goal past Manch­ester United’s Span­ish goal­keeper David de Gea (right) to equalise dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester United and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, north-west England, yes­ter­day.
 ??  ?? As­ton Villa’s English striker Ol­lie Watkins (right) heads home his third goal, their fourth dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.
As­ton Villa’s English striker Ol­lie Watkins (right) heads home his third goal, their fourth dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.
 ?? (Photos: AFP) ?? Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s South Korean striker Son He­ung-min (right) scores his team’s fourth goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester United and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, north-west England, yes­ter­day.
(Photos: AFP) Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s South Korean striker Son He­ung-min (right) scores his team’s fourth goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester United and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, north-west England, yes­ter­day.

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