Mohamed Salah had to be dragged away as he argued with Sadio Mane over penalty duties in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly clash with Manchester United in Michigan. The two Premier League heavyweights faced off on Saturday evening, though Jose Mourinho quipped beforehand that it was ‘Liverpool’s first team versus Manchester United’s second team’. Liverpool were on top in the early exchanges and were given the opportunity to take the lead from the spot when Salah was bundled over by Demetri Mitchell inside the area.
Salah looked set to take the spot-kick he had won and called for the ball, but Mane instead decided to take over penalty duties having netted from the spot against Manchester City last time out. But Salah appeared to argue with Mane over who should take the penalty, and eventually had to be dragged away by James Milner.
The Egyptian looked annoyed and bemused that he was not allowed to take the penalty, saying something to Mane as he walked back to the edge of the box. Mane duly dispatched the penalty, planting the ball in the bottom corner despite Lee Grant guessing the right way, and the former Southampton winger was keen to make amends with his teammate afterwards.
Mane jogged over to Salah after celebrating his goal with the rest of the squad and dedicated the strike to him. Liverpool’s lead did not last long in Michigan, with Andreas Pereira scoring a stunning free-kick to level the scores, but the Reds ran riot in the second half to claim a 4-1 victory over their Premier League rivals.