Manchester United suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hand of local rivals Manchester City at the Etihad today, with results pushing City 6 points up the table.
In the aftermath of the match, former Manchester United players and Sky sports pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane did not hold anything back in blasting the team’s disastrous performance.
Gary Neville labelled Manchester United “embarrassing” and says they “threw the towel in” during Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by rivals Manchester City, while Roy Keane insists “five or six players” should never play for the club again.
Doubles from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez restored City’s six-point lead at the top of the Premier League as the champions delivered a commanding performance at the Etihad Stadium.
Jadon Sancho had equalised in the first half for United, but City soon showed their dominance and after De Bruyne’s second goal restored the hosts’ lead, the result was never in doubt.
While speaking with Sky Sports, Neville insists that Manchester United’s response to going 3-1 down was embarrassing.
“Ninety-two per cent possession for City? They have given up,”. “They are walking around the pitch. It’s nowhere near good enough.
“There can be no complaints. City have been absolutely outstanding. But as a Manchester United fan, it’s embarrassing.
Roy Keane, another former player and pundit agreed with Neville’s assertion while saying;
“These players are not putting in performances and not running back. They stopped running and they gave up. I don’t understand it.
“The manager will be criticised about his tactics, but players not running back when you’re playing for Man Utd is really unacceptable.
“They threw the towel in which is shameful. You need character and personality when you’re up against it and after the third goal, it was game over.”
At the end of the game, Manchester United finished like an absolute shower. They were a disgrace.