After offensive chants at Old Trafford, Jamie Redknapp, who played more than 200 times for Liverpool, couldn’t help but smile wryly.
X-rated chants were directed at former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp at Old Trafford as Manchester United easily defeated Chelsea.
The 49-year-old was at the field when Erik ten Hag’s team advanced to the Champions League, sealing the Reds’ fate in Europe, as it was being broadcast on Sky Sports. Liverpool will play in the Europa League next season for the first time since 2016 as a result of Frank Lampard’s latest defeat in his interim managerial position at Stamford Bridge.
Redknapp was present at the pitchside during the buildup to the Red Devils’ 4-1 victory over Chelsea, along with Mary Earps, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, and Kelly Cates. When United supporters saw the former midfielder who played 237 times for the Reds, they didn’t waste any time in voicing their opinions.
The crowd at Old Trafford was heard yelling, “Jamie Redknapp, you’re a w**,” as the broadcast began. Hasselbaink smiled and turned to the 49-year-old pundit, who struggled to keep his composure but couldn’t help but smirk.
Marcus Rashford, Casemiro, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, and Joao Felix all found the back of the net for Manchester United as Joao Felix could only muster a consolation goal with a minute left in regulation.
With one game left in the season, the win allows them to qualify for the Champions League.
To maintain their standing among Europe’s elite, they required a draw prior to the game, and now Fulham’s visit is a moot point.
On the final day, Liverpool travel to already-relegated Southampton.
With their fate already decided, it now appears likely that the German tactician will make changes and give opportunities for young players and fringe players to see action in a red shirt.
Mohamed Salah, a star for Liverpool, expressed his despair after the final whistle on Thursday night about not making the top four.
The 30-year-old wrote on Twitter, “I’m completely devastated.”
“This has no justification at all.
To qualify for the Champions League next season, we had everything we required, but we fell short. As Liverpool, entering the competition is the absolute minimum.
“I’m sorry, but it’s too soon for a motivational or upbeat post. We failed both you and ourselves.”