Liverpool's performance at Old Trafford on Sunday, March 16 was so convincing and dominant that Manchester United were perhaps fortunate not to have lost by seven goals, claims former Stretford academy product and current BBC football pundit Robbie Savage, 39, who also added that it is now fairly simple to see why Chelsea allowed Spanish playmaker Juan Mata to leave Stamford Bridge and join David Moyes' side.
"It was one of the most comprehensive away performances at Old Trafford for many years," Savage is quoted to have said after United were hamstrung by a rampant Liverpool who scored twice from the spot, were awarded three penalties in total and were finished off by Luis Suarez six minutes from the end.
He continued: "Liverpool absolutely battered them in all areas and United looked like strangers. Make no bones about it, it could have been six or seven, Liverpool's movement was so good!"
To score six or seven there must have be at least an equal amount of chances created in order for the goals to be scored as a result and, when looking at the data, Liverpool could have scored more, as demonstrated by the table immediately below.
However, when it comes to pure chance creating, the Reds were over three times more efficient when they provided 31 total chances against West Ham United in matchday 15 and either equalled or bettered their haul of ten 14 other times this season, including at home to Arsenal, when they created 19 and scored five.
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Savage added: "Liverpool were on the front foot and United were nowhere near it."
The BBC expert also spoke of the impotence of two of United's stand-out attackers, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata, as Moyes fails to get the best out of his more gifted makers of play by pushing them into the wider areas when they are seemingly more efficient when deployed in the middle. Mata, Savage argues, does not have the stamina necessary to play on the wing.
"Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata out wide is not working for them. You can see why Jose Mourinho got rid of Mata - you need legs to get up and down and he hasn't got that.
"There's no point him being on the pitch."