Both Liverpool and Manchester United fans have been left devastated after their sides both suffered disastrous defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Tottenham respectively.
The two north-west sides were both outplayed and embarrassed, with Liverpool going down 7-2 whilst United conceded six unanswered goals to lose 1-6.
The earlier game of the two saw Jose Mourinho once again return to Old Trafford to try and antagonise his former side, and antagonise he did.
United went ahead in the second minute thanks to a Bruno Fernandes spot-kick, with the Portuguese international coolly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past Hugo Lloris.
However, things turned around quickly and harshly for Manchester, as Tottenham quickly struck back through Tanguy Ndombele pouncing on a loose ball inside the area.
Three minutes later, Son Heung-Min scored Spurs’ second and in the blink of an eye, Tottenham were ahead.
Things went from bad to worse for United when Anthony Martial was red carded in the 28th minute for tapping Erik Lamela’s face, which referee Anthony Taylor deemed as violent contact.
From then on, Mourinho’s men piled on the misery, with a double from Harry Kane, a second from Son and a strike from full-back Serge Aurier completing the rout.
Ole Gunnar Solskjӕr’s side had been smashed from pillar to post.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 4, 2020
Red Devils great Gary Neville slammed his former side, calling them “pathetic”.
“There is no excuse for those 11 players out on that pitch today or 13, 14 players that have played in that game, because they were absolutely pathetic.”
“Their body language was terrible. It was spiritless and spineless in that second-half.”
Neville said that circumstances out of United’s control did not help the side’s mentality either.
“They see Man City sign players, Liverpool sign players, Chelsea sign players, and the minute Spurs went 2-1 up, it’s almost as if all those negative thoughts drained every single bit of confidence out of them.”
“They’ve not helped themselves today because their own reputation has been damaged because that is nowhere near good enough. But the off-the-pitch stuff does not help.”
United would be hoping their performances pick up to impress new arrival Edinson Cavani, who has all but signed on the dotted line for the Red Devils.
The Uruguayan will arrive from Paris St-Germain, with Brazilian left-back Alex Telles reportedly also arriving from Porto too.
Edinson Cavani to Manchester United is here we go and confirmed! Last details sorted also about agents fee, medicals to be completed on next hours and then official announcement on #DeadlineDay.
Cavani + Telles are both joining #MUFC 🔴
📲 More details: https://t.co/tGMpwxW4w8
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 4, 2020
Nonetheless, the loss to Tottenham is rock bottom for the Red Devils, and fans will be wondering how on earth they will climb out of the hole the club is in at this moment in time.
Just when everyone was laughing at United, an even more shocking result came to fruition in the Midlands.
Liverpool were sitting pretty after three games played, with victories over Leeds, Chelsea and Arsenal convincing fans that they were indeed still the measuring stick off which everyone else had to beat.
Manchester City had drawn with Leeds 1-1 at Elland Road, Leicester City had lost 0-3 to West Ham and United had their pants pulled down.
All they had to do to keep their run going was to beat Aston Villa away, a side that barely survived the drop last year.
Life could not be better.
But it could not be that easy, not in this year, not in these circumstances.
And it wasn’t.
From the go, the champions looked miles off the pace, with Adrian stepping in goal for the injured Alisson, and Diogo Jota taking Sadio Mane’s place while the Senegalese winger battles COVID-19.
Villa on the other hand, looked lively and their tenacity was visible.
In particular, attackers Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish looked deadly. And they were.
Left foot → Right foot → Header 😍
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— Premier League (@premierleague) October 4, 2020
By half-time, Watkins had a hat-trick and Grealish nabbed two assists.
Mo Salah did claw one back for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but a 4-1 lead to Villa at the half left many adjusting their TV sets, struggling to believe the calamity they had just witnessed.
The second half was almost just as bad.
Ex-Toffee Ross Barkley got on target before Jack Grealish finally got some tangible reward for his brilliance in the form of a ten-minute double.
The final score was a resounding 7-2 demolition, which made both Liverpool and rival fans question everything they knew up until this result.
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 4, 2020
So who was to blame for Liverpool’s collapse?
Adrian was at fault for the first and looked nothing like he did when called upon at the beginning of last season.
But coach Jurgen Klopp was quick to defend the Spanish keeper.
“The first goal was not good but I don’t think [Adrian] had anything to do with the other goals”.
“He is a really good goalie. Last year we played 11 games with him and won pretty much all. Tonight our goalie was not the problem. The reaction to the first goal was not his problem, it was our problem.”
The Reds’ defence looked lost, with their high line playing straight into Villa’s hands, whilst the midfield did little to curb the carnage.
This was the first time since 1963 that Liverpool had conceded seven goals in a league match, and the first time ever that Liverpool and Manchester United had both conceded 6+ goals on the same day.
Luckily for both sides they have an international break to recompose themselves before the Reds meet league leaders Everton in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park, whilst United travel to Newcastle to take on Steve Bruce’s men.