Man Utd news LIVE: Ten Hag’s Cristiano Ronaldo comments cause stir, Man City loss reaction, PSV set Gakpo transfer price
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Roy Keane has laid into Man Utd’s stars after their dismal performance against Man City.
“There’s nothing for United to take out from this game. The players should be embarrassed. You can’t go into half-time 4-0 down in a derby game,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s hugely embarrassing, as brilliant as City were United were desperate, particularly in midfield. They were over-ran in midfield and defensively they were all over the shop.
“Again we look at leadership… there was nothing there from Man Utd.
“If you’re giving players like De Bruyne time and space, you’re looking for trouble. United got punished and rightly so. Top level sport is fantastic but it’s brutal.
“Today, it was brutal for Manchester United as when you’re not quite at it, you get hammered by your local rivals.
“United have an experienced team out there. City were missing players, but whoever comes into the team is pure quality. That’s what they have whereas Man Utd seemed all over the place.
“At a big club like Manchester United, you wonder what it must be like for the players sat in the dressing room 4-0 down at half-time. It must be bizarre, but then these players are getting used to it as they were 4-0 down at Brentford.
“The manager must be scratching his head with his staff as there was progress in the last four games, but this is a huge step back.”
Piers Morgan branded Erik ten Hag an “arrogant, deluded twerp” after the Manchester United manager left Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench against City.
A fuming looking Ronaldo, 37, had to watch on as his side were trounced 6-3 by their bitter rivals at the Etihad.
Quizzed after the match about why he elected not to bring the Portuguese forward on, Ten Hag claimed it was “out of respect for his big career”.
Sun columnist Piers, however, doesn’t buy the explanation – and tweeted after the match: “Imagine benching @Cristiano for Utd’s biggest game of the season, then using 5 other subs as they’re hammered into oblivion, & then claiming you did it ‘out of respect’ for him?
“Ten Hag is an arrogant deluded twerp and the way he’s treating Ronaldo is disgraceful.”
Christian Eriksen has admitted Manchester United need to make “a lot of changes” after their 6-3 derby humbling.
The 30-year-old told Sky Sports: “It came very heavy.
“Everyone feels it was a very bad day at the office. We started on the wrong foot.
“They had chances straight from kick-off. We can only blame ourselves.
“We let them be at their strength. The main focus from this game will be on ourselves.
“There are a lot of things we need to change and a lot of things we need to do better.”