Matchday 8, results, scores, goals, Manchester United vs Leicester, Mo Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, reaction
Manchester United succumbed to a first away league loss in 30 games, falling 4-2 to Leicester as Liverpool rushed to a 5-0 demolition of Watford.
Manchester City moved up to second with a 2-0 win over Burnley, while Chelsea rose to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Brentford.
But the focus will be on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his side failed to win for the Premier League’s third consecutive game.
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UNITED PRESSURE TASK
Leicester put pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a late-game streak in their thrilling 4-2 win over struggling Manchester United.
Solskjaer will come under close scrutiny after United’s collapse at King Power Stadium left them winless in their last three Premier League games.
The United manager saw Mason Greenwood open the scoring from the start, only for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans to equalize before half-time.
Caglar Soyuncu put Leicester in the lead in the finals before Marcus Rashford made his first appearance this season after shoulder surgery with United leveler.
In a dramatic ending, Leicester ended United’s English league record of 29 games unbeaten away from home with goals from Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka in the final seven minutes.
It was a blow to Solskjaer, who had already suffered criticism after United were beaten by Aston Villa and held by Everton in their last games before the recent international break.
While Solskjaer may not be in immediate danger of being sacked, the Norwegian is set to come out with some notable wins from a probationary period including games against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Atalanta twice in the League. champions.
Cristiano Ronaldo started after Solskjaer controversially left him on the bench for the first 57 minutes against Everton, but the Portuguese star was held in check.
Spluttering United have won just one of their last five games in all competitions.
“It says it all when your best player is David [De Gea] but we still conceded four goals, ”Solskjaer said after the match.
‘BEST IN THE WORLD’ SALAH STARS AT LIVERPOOL WINNER
Jurgen Klopp hailed Mohamed Salah as the best player in the world after the Liverpool forward scored another sublime goal in a 5-0 demolition of Watford.
Salah highlighted why Liverpool are so desperate to get Egypt to sign a new contract with their daring second-half goal at Vicarage Road.
Dancing through Watford’s defense, Salah’s magical moment even surpassed his eye-catching goal against Manchester City before the international break.
Liverpool’s habit of avoiding big contracts for players over 30 has fueled fears that the 29-year-old will leave when his current contract expires in 2023.
Some reports have named Salah’s asking price at £ 400,000 per week, or AUD $ 750,000.
By the end of the 2024-25 campaign – a two-year extension of his current contract – that would equate to $ 145.5 million.
Liverpool face a $ 145.5million dilemma as to whether they have to break their salary structure to keep him.
But with 10 goals in 10 games this season, Salah has proven his great worth to Liverpool, who will surely bow to their wish to be paid alongside the Premier League’s top earners.
For the first time in his career, Salah has scored in eight successive top-level matches and Liverpool boss Klopp has no doubts that he is now better than even Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We don’t have to talk about what Ronaldo and Messi did for world football and how they were really dominant,” Klopp said.
“But right now it’s clear that there is no one better than him. It was a great assist for the first goal and his goal was absolutely exceptional.
“He’s in the mood to try things out in the box and keep it going for a long time.”
Salah’s breathtaking goal stole the show on a day Roberto Firmino won his first hat trick at Liverpool since 2018 in his first start in five league appearances.
It was also a memorable afternoon for Senegal striker Sadio Mane, who became just the third African player after Salah and Didier Drogba to achieve a century of Premier League goals, a milestone encompassing his time at Southampton.
The Reds are the first top English team to score three or more goals in seven consecutive away games in all competitions.
Liverpool, unbeaten in eight league appearances this season, have overtaken Chelsea at the top of the table, although the Blues can reclaim pole position if they beat Brentford later on Saturday.
Watford coach Claudio Ranieri couldn’t have asked for a more difficult start to his reign after replacing sacked Xisco Munoz.
The Italian, back in the Premier League after winning the title with Leicester and stints at Chelsea and Fulham, is hopeful the dismal performance was not a sign of things to come.
“We have given too many gifts to a fantastic Liverpool side and they don’t need them,” Ranieri said.
“I knew when I got here I had to work hard. But I’m sure we can improve. We must.”
THE EASE OF THE CITY TO VICTORY, WOLVES FIND THE MIRACLE FIGHTBACK
City didn’t need to step up a gear to take Burnley out of the Etihad and stay one point behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were on both sides of the half for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Wolves produced a miraculous 2-0 comeback with 10 minutes left to win 3-2 at Aston Villa.
Danny Ings and John McGinn had placed the hosts in a dominant position at Villa Park.
But Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Ruben Neves gave Bruno Lage’s men a spectacular three points.
Southampton claimed their first league win of the season thanks to Armando Broja’s goal to beat Leeds 1-0.
Norwich remain winless and bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw against Brighton.