‘This is a mess’: Gary Neville fumes as Darwin Nunez chastises Manchester United’s ‘appalling’ defense ahead of Liverpool’s second goal as Erik ten Hag’s side came undone at Anfield
- Gary Neville couldn’t believe his eyes as Liverpool rioted at Anfield
- Darwin Nunez scored almost immediately after the start of the second half
- Manchester United were stunned when Liverpool doubled their lead in the first half
Gary Neville labeled Manchester United’s defense a ‘mess’ after Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez punished Erik ten Hag’s defenders by scoring straight after the start of the second half.
Nunez rounded off an offensive attack from Liverpool by sending Harvey Elliott’s cross past United’s shot stopper David de Gea.
United hadn’t learned their mistakes from a poor first half in which Cody Gakpo opened the scoring as Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker punished the visitors.
Commenting on Sky Sports, Neville was furious when his former side was again undone.
“The timing of Liverpool’s goals, absolutely fantastic for them. I was just talking about United improving in the second half. This is a mess, they should all do better,” said Neville.
Darwin Nunez (right) scored Liverpool’s second goal with a brilliant header into the penalty area
Nunez celebrated as Liverpool rioted at Anfield against a United defense that couldn’t handle them
Gary Neville (right) was furious when Manchester United’s defense at Anfield was undone
“They can’t clear their lines. From a defensive point of view, those two goals are united, defensively terrible.
Man United couldn’t have started the second half worse as Liverpool took control, started to gain confidence and show quality that had been lacking for so long this season.
Neville’s comments were echoed by former Liverpool defender and fellow gantry colleague Jamie Carragher, who insisted Nunez’s goal was a huge moment in the spirited Premier League match.
Nunez finished the game with two goals to his credit as the Uruguayan delivered arguably his best performance of the season
Huge moment. A lot of those people are waiting or that second girl to get it that early,” Carragher said.
Gakpo scored his second goal just minutes later before Mohamed Salah also came into action.
Nunez then scored his second goal of the game with another well-taken header in the 75th minute as Roberto Firmino came off the bench to secure a 7–0 Anfield win for the hosts.
Manchester United capitulated in their heaviest defeat of the season as Liverpool continued to rise up the Premier League table and close the gap to the Champions League places.