“Embarrassing, disappointing, maybe even humiliating.” That’s how Ralf Rangnick described Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool.
Title challengers Jurgen Klopp tore United apart with goals from Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah (two) and Sadio Mane that sent the Anfield club to the top of the Premier League table for at least 24 hours if Manchester City tonight plays against Brighton.
Interim boss Rangnick was “clearly dissatisfied” with his team’s performance, he said The guard. And the German was critical as he compared United’s current situation to Liverpool’s. “We have to accept that they are now six years ahead of us,” he said. “When Jürgen Klopp came [in October 2015] They changed the club and not only raised the team, but the club and the city to a new level. This has to happen to us the next transfer windows.”
The heavy defeat leaves United sixth in the table and has dashed hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
“Most of these are jokes”
In another “historically bad day” for United, Liverpool “condemned the Red Devils to several new lows,” Ryan Tolmich said Goal.com. Liverpool completed the league double against their rivals this season with a combined 9-0 score. It’s the most United have “conceded in the course of a league campaign against a single opponent since the current top flight was formed in 1992”.
It wasn’t “great” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Jose Mourinho, it was “pretty mediocre” under Louis van Gaal and “frankly pretty pathetic” under David Moyes for almost a season, Michael Hincks continued Eurosport. “But that has to go down in history as Manchester United’s worst team in 30 years, right?” With only five games left, United must get ten Premier League points, “otherwise it will be – in fact – the worst season in three decades”.
Former United and England defender Gary Neville was equally devastating. Speaking to Sky Sports, he labeled the team a “waste of space” and said the club’s decline was “alarming”. He added: “What we are watching right now is nothing. These Man Utd players want the season to be over so they can hide behind the new manager and blame the old one. A culture of excuses that runs through the whole club. They’re in shape, but they’re running. The crowd of them. Which one of them looks alert or pushing? At best, it’s a walk. Most of these are jokes.”
Ten Hag faces a “brutal reality”.
It has been widely reported that Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag will take over as permanent boss at United. His upcoming arrival “should be cause for celebration,” he said BBCis Phil McNulty. “Instead, when the Dutchman walks through the doors of Old Trafford, the dominant emotion will be sympathy.” After the Anfield defeat, the “brutal reality” of what Ten Hag is getting into “can be illustrated by the fact that he’s inheriting a bigger, more problematic role at United” than Klopp did when he succeeded Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool in 2015.
In reaction to the shocking 4-0 defeat, United fans “raged at their team on social media” and some even warned Ten Hag not to go anywhere near the job Daily Mail reported.
Commenting for Sky Sports, Neville said in his 42 years of watching United “this is as bad as it gets”. He added: “I saw them in the 80’s, I’ve never seen a group not have an appetite to play during my time watching the club.”
On YouTube, channel of the fans UnitedPeopleTV said this team is “a total, complete and utter disgrace” and that the “humiliation” against Liverpool at Anfield “is as low as it gets”. A supporter on Twitter went even further, The Mail said. They wrote: “The worst Man United team in club history.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/football/956476/humiliation-anfield-worst-man-utd-team-for-30-years Humiliation at Anfield: Is this the worst Man United team in 30 years?