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What happened first time Salah played at Old Trafford back in 2012

The Egyptian is yet to face Manchester United as a Liverpool player, but he does have history at Old Trafford


Liverpool are looking at Mohamed Salah to be the difference in their Premier League clash with Manchester United this weekend.

The Egyptian, who joined the Reds at the start of the season, has been an absolute revelation since saying goodbye to Roma and Serie A.

He's netted a staggering 32 times in all competitions this season, but is yet to find the back of the net against Manchester United in their own back garden.

Reds fans will be desperate to see him do exactly this when they travel to Old Trafford on Saturday looking for all three points.

Mohamed Salah played at Old Trafford back in 2012 (Image: Getty Images Europe)

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Salah is currently in his second spell in the Premier League, after he briefly represented Chelsea before moving to Italy.

But he has never played at Old Trafford at club level. He has however represented his nation on two occasions at the stadium, and will be looking to replicate his first this weekend.

The Egyptian netted at Manchester United's ground (Image: FIFA)
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So what happened in his debut Old Trafford performance?

Back in 2012 Egypt took on New Zealand in Group C of the Olympic Games, and Salah was called into action.

Salah scored Egypt's only goal against New Zealand (Image: AFP)
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Interestingly, Salah, who had just moved to Basel, had yet to represent the Swiss outfit, but he'd impressed in Egypt and entrusted up front.

Chris Wood opened the scoring for New Zealand in just 17 minutes in front of 55,000 people packed inside Old Trafford.

Salah was a Basel player at the time (Image: FIFA)
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But Egypt hit back moments before the break, with that man Salah equalising for his nation, and bagging what many Liverpool fans will be hoping is his first of many goals scored at Old Trafford.

The game finished 1-1, but Egypt progressed from their group and were drawn against Japan in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The Reds star has netted 32 times in all competitions this season (Image: AFP)
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The match was also played at Old Trafford, but there was little Salah could do as Japan ran out 3-0 winners over Egypt.

All eyes will be on Salah as he makes his third appearance at Old Trafford on Saturday, and he will be hoping more than anyone to make it his best one yet.

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