Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has branded their display in Sunday’s Manchester derby against Manchester City as “shameful”.
Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez both scored twice as Manchester City condemned their rivals to a humiliating 4-1 loss.
“For a player in a derby, or any game, to give up, it’s unforgivable really.
“The beauty of top-level sport is there is no hiding place. We saw all United’s shortcomings today.
“There’s ways to lose football matches, we’ve all lost football matches, but the way United lost today. They stopped running. They gave up. There’s players out there not running back.
“That’s what I don’t understand. The manager will be criticised, and the tactics, but players not running back when they are playing for Man United is unacceptable.
“They threw the towel in, which is shameful.
“I forgive mistakes, but you’ve got to run back. There’s five or six players who should never play for Man United.
“It’s shameful. A couple of lads in midfield, (Aaron) Wan-Bissaka, Fred, (Marcus) Rashford came on. I could go on. And City weren’t even at their best. They didn’t have to be.
“They gave up, Shame on them!”
‘Manchester United were a disgrace’ – Gary Neville
Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville was also scathing in his assessment of their performance.
Sky Sports pundit Neville said: “Manchester United ended that game like an absolute shower. They were a disgrace.
“They came up against a proper team and they’ve been given a proper doing.”
Manchester City re-established a six-point lead at the top of the table over Liverpool and opened up a 22-point advantage over Manchester United, whose chances of just qualifying for the Champions League next season are fading fast.
Rangnick’s men now trail Arsenal, who also have three games in hand, by a point in fourth.
At the top of the table, Liverpool also have a game in hand to reduce Manchester City’s advantage to three points.