Questions surrounding Man Utd have been ramping up after their humiliating defeat to Liverpool. Jason Pettigrove looks at what could be next for the Red Devils.

The 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford was easily predicted, given the current form of both teams.

Paul Scholes even alluded to being worried ahead of the match, after watching United’s first-half performance against Atalanta a few days before.

Mo Salah was on fire, and his hat-trick took his tally for the season to seven. If he gets another 18, which isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, anyone backing him for 25 or more Premier League goals with BetVictor at 6/4 will be quids in.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are fast approaching their title-winning form of two years ago whilst the Red Devils continue to go backward under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That’s already been recognised in the market with Liverpool at 5/2 and United way out at 66/1 with BetVictor.

Whilst all of the blame can’t be laid at the Norwegian’s door, managerial stints at Molde and Cardiff City were never going to qualify him for the top job at the Theatre of Dreams.

Not only does he not have the cachet of a Klopp, Guardiola or Tuchel, he doesn’t possess the tactical nous or authority to change the course of a game if it’s getting away from his side.

Defensively, United were all over the place against the Reds, and how Harry Maguire is stealing a living at the back is anyone’s guess.

Others should hang their heads too, but his was not the performance of a United captain.

Consider this. At £80m he remains the English top-flight’s most expensive ever defender, costing £5m more than Virgil van Dijk who is, frankly, at least twice the player.

Transfer business is another issue entirely but neatly encompasses the differences between the clubs.

Liverpool have a well-thought-out plan when it comes to signings, and they’ve always managed to get value for money under the current regime.

United have paid large sums for the likes of Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho and then had them warming the bench for the most part. If Solskjaer gives the former Borussia Dortmund man some decent game time, then his BetVictor odds of 33/1 for scoring at least 15 Premier League goals will come in – significantly.

However, at this point, Solskjaer has no idea where to play him or the Dutchman, or which XI he needs to pick in order to get the best result.

Paul Pogba on the bench in one of the biggest league games of the season is another prime example of the type of baffling decisions that are routinely being made at the club.

If the Glazers thought that things were bad already, Atalanta away in the Champions League and Man City at home in the Premier League in the next fortnight will sharpen the senses.

By December 2, United will also have had to face Villarreal and Chelsea away and Arsenal at home.

How much longer can the board rely on goodwill and sentiment?

Solskjaer is one of their own, granted, but his team are far too good to be floundering in seventh whilst Liverpool take on all-comers. With rumours that he’ll be sacked sooner rather than later gaining strength, BetVictor have Antonio Conte as 4/6 favourite to replace him, Zinedine Zidane at 8/1 and Brendan Rodgers as the outsider of a high-quality trio at 10/1.

The twenty-seven goals that the Reds have scored is the most in the division, and they remain the only unbeaten team so far. Odds of 1/2 with BetVictor for them to score more than 80 Premier League goals is surely a bet not to be missed, and even 2/1 for them to score 90 or more is a worthwhile consideration.

An unbeaten season would be a surprise, though Liverpool have looked comfortable to this point against all-comers. At 12/1 with BetVictor to remain undefeated in the top-flight in 2021/22, it might be worth some of your hard-earned.

That such a feat might even be contemplated shows the gulf between the two north-west giants is a cavernous one, and if United aren’t careful they’ll fall into the abyss.

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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