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Salah respects Man Utd players as he denies criticising Red Devils

SoccerNews in English Premier League 20 Apr 2022

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Mohamed Salah has denied criticising Manchester United’s players after he scored twice in Liverpool’s rampant 4-0 win over the Red Devils.

Having also scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October, Salah’s double on Tuesday meant he became the first player in Premier League history to score five goals against United in a single season in the competition.

Liverpool’s dominant display also saw them go top of the Premier League, ahead of rivals Manchester City’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

After the match, Salah seemed to tell Sky Sports that United’s players “make life easier” for the Reds, when answering a question about Liverpool’s recent dominance in the rivalry.

However, the Premier League’s leading scorer insisted this was not the case, and explained that he was referring to the quality of his own team-mates.

“I meant our midfield, and our defence, make it easy for us,” Salah clarified in a tweet on Wednesday. 

“I was not talking about the Manchester United players, whom I respect.”

Having teed up Luis Diaz’s opener at Anfield, Salah also became just the second player to both score and assist in home and away Premier League games against United in a single season, after Mesut Ozil did so in 2015-16.

Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last eight league games against United, winning five and drawing three.

It is the joint-longest run any team has ever managed against United in the competition (Chelsea also went eight unbeaten between 2013 and 2016).

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