Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Manchester United were shattered by relentless rivals Liverpool to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under the most intense scrutiny of his nearly three years in charge.
The 202nd meeting of two of English football’s greatest rivals will remain in memory after Jurgen Klopp’s men went berserk and recorded the club’s biggest win at Old Trafford.
Here, Sportsmail’s Chris Wheeler rated the players’ performances on a dark day for Solskjaer and his players.
Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Manchester United were ripped apart by Liverpool 5-0
MAN UTD (4-2-3-1)
DAVID DE GEA, 5 – Shake five times and it could have been worse without the Salah and Alexander-Arnold stops.
AARON WAN-BISSAKA, 2.5 – Slow to react for the first goal and went downhill from there. Abject performance.
VICTOR LINDELOF, 3 – Tied in knots by the three Liverpool forwards. They dragged me across the field and I opened up over and over again.
HARRY MAGUIRE, 2 – The indecision led to the second goal and was not covered in glory for the others. Where was the leadership?
Aaron Wan-Bissaka made an abject performance on the right side of United’s defense
LUKE SHAW, 2 – He started playing Salah on the side for the first goal and got worse. He just couldn’t handle Liverpool number 11.
SCOTT McTOMINAY, 3 – Solskjaer was left with his ‘McFred’ midfield, but they were exposed for the second time this week.
FRED, 3.5 – The biggest impression it made was a boot on Keita’s head. Chasing shadows from start to finish
MARCUS RASHFORD, 3.5 – He volleyed in the first half and never really entered the game before being substituted.
BRUNO FERNANDES, 3 – Guilty of dazzling the early miss. Would it have made a difference? Maybe, but probably not.
Bruno Fernandes was guilty of a glaring flaw early on, but it wouldn’t have made any difference.
GREEN WOOD MASON, 3.5 – Hooked on Pogba at halftime, but could have been any United player to be fair to him.
CRISTIANO RONALDO, 3 – Totally overshadowed by Salah. Frustration boiled over as he lashed out at Jones and got away with the reserve.
Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Pogba (for Greenwood 46, 2), Lingard, Dalot (for Rashford 62, 4), Cavani (for Fernandes 62, 4), Sancho, Matic, Van de Beek
Reserved: Ronaldo, Fred, Fernandes, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 2 – He set out to put pressure on Liverpool, but failed miserably when United capitulated. Absolute humiliation.
Cristiano Ronaldo was overshadowed by Mohamed Salah and his frustration almost overflowed
ALISSON, 7 – He kept busy beating a Greenwood drive and denying Ronaldo point-blank.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD, 7 – Excellent center for the second goal. You will never have more freedom at Old Trafford.
IBRAHIMA KONATE, 8 – Given only his second Premier League start and handled it superbly. A dominant presence.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK, 7.5 – Go through the game without having to get out of first gear. I won’t believe how easy this was.
Ibrahima Konate was a dominant presence when he shone in his second Premier League performance.
ANDREW ROBERTSON, 7 years old – Vital touch to deny Ronaldo a clear chance in the first half. He was not wrong.
NABY KEITA, 8.5 – He took his goal well for the second time this week, but it came after Pogba’s red card.
JORDAN HENDERSON, 8 – Manifestation of command in the middle and then produced a sublime pass for the fifth goal.
JAMES MILNER, 7 years old – Disappointed to be injured at 2-0 and who can blame him? He knew he was missing a special occasion.
MO SALAH, 9.5 – Magnificent. Champion as the best player in the world and he demonstrated it emphatically with a hat-trick.
Naby Keita took his goal well from the beginning, but there is concern for him after the entrance of Paul Pogba
ROBERTO FIRMINO, 8 – The orchestrator of a fantastic sweeping play for the third goal. Excellent in everything.
DIOGO JOTA, 7.5 – Selected ahead of Mane and justified the decision by shooting Liverpool’s second goal.
Subs: Adrian, Mane (for Firmino 76, 6.5), Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones (for Milner 27, 7), Minamino, Tsimikas,
Scorers: Keita 5, Jota 13, Salah 38, 45 + 4, 50
Manager: Jurgen Klopp 8 – He demonstrated the training chasm between himself and Solskjaer in a ruthless way.
Referee: Anthony Taylor 7: He let the game flow and made the big decisions right, although he could easily have sent Ronaldo off.
Mo Salah continued his clinical form in front of goal and showed why he is the best in the world