Manchester United players “should be embarrassed” after their 6-3 defeat to local rivals Manchester City, says former Red Devils midfielder Roy Keane.
First-half doubles from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden had United four goals down at half-time, before they both capped off their hat-tricks after the interval as the visitors conceded six in a Premier League game for just the fourth time.
And despite a late double from substitute Anthony Martial and a superb strike from Antony in consolation, Keane was fuming with United’s performance after Sunday’s match.
“It was the way they started – they were slow out of the blocks. City sent a message that they were up for it, and the first goal is huge,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“United went down after eight minutes and they never recovered.
“There were spaces everywhere, they were sloppy in possession. Marcus Rashford never got hold of it, the wide players gave it away.
“Every time Man City went forward, they looked like they were going to score. It’s a pleasure to watch City. They’re one of the best teams I’ve seen live but for United, this is a huge setback.
“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.
“It’s hugely embarrassing, as brilliant as City were, United were desperate, particularly in midfield. They were overrun in midfield and defensively they were all over the shop.
“Again we look at leadership – there was nothing there from Man United.
“I just couldn’t imagine going into a dressing room when you’re at a big club like Man United, and you’re 4-0 down at half-time. That must be bizarre, but they must be getting used to it because they have done it at Brentford.”
After a Europa League game away to Omonia Nicosia on Thursday, United return to Premier League action at Everton on October 9.