Twitter explodes as Liverpool destroy Manchester United 4-2 at Old Trafford

Sai Teja

Former Premier League champions Liverpool registered a majestic 4-2 victory over their historic rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Friday. The Reds put in a dominant display against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils, who were far from their best against Jurgen Klopp's side.

Manchester United's captain for the game, Bruno Fernandes, gave his side the lead in the opening ten minutes with a curling strike from the outside of his boot which took a massive deflection off Nat Phillips.

The hosts looked in control of matters over the next few minutes, but Liverpool gradually grew into the game and to ask more questions of Manchester United.

Diogo Jota fired a warning shot with a superb half-volley to test Dean Henderson, but the Englishman tipped his effort over. However, Jota eventually equalised for the Reds after Phillips found him just a few yards away from goal, with the Portuguese cleverly flicking it past Henderson.

Liverpool took the lead just a few seconds before half-time after Roberto Firmino guided home an excellent delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Brazilian's pin-point header gave them a huge boost ahead of the midway point, and they managed to carry that momentum with them into the second half.

Liverpool capitalise on Manchester United's dismal showing

Firmino managed to find the back of the net merely minutes into the second half after a shoddy sequence of play from Manchester United. Fred gave the ball away cheaply to Alexander-Arnold, whose fierce strike was too powerful for Henderson to gather. The Englishman spilt the ball and it fell perfectly for an onrushing Firmino who smashed home from close range.

Manchester United fought back in the second half as Solskjaer tweaked his set up by replacing Fred with Mason Greenwood. Just five minutes after the change, their resurgence was marked by a superb second goal for the Red Devils after they managed to string a few productive passes together.

Edinson Cavani released Marcus Rashford, who made a darting run into the final third and poked the ball between Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson to give Manchester United a fighting chance. Greenwood came close to scoring just minutes later, but Liverpool defended resolutely to keep the teenager out.

With Manchester United looking for a way back into the game, Liverpool killed all hopes of a comeback with a late fourth goal. The Reds won the ball in their own half and released Mohamed Salah, who scored a magnificent goal in the final minute of regulation time.

The win keeps Liverpool's hopes for UEFA Champions League qualification alive as they remain firmly in contention for a top-four finish.

Here are some of the best tweets from the game.

Edited by Sai Teja
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