The former England international put the boot in after Manchester United were humiliated by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex on Saturday evening to end their top four hopes
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Manchester United were beaten in emphatic fashion by mid-table Brighton & Hove Albion as the Seagulls ran riot to put four past Ralf Rangnick’s men with no reply.
Graham Potter’s team sliced United open at will, resulting in one of their most miserable afternoons. United were down by four goals with just 30 minutes remaining and could have finished the match with a much worse scoreline if not for some poor finishing from their hosts.
Gary Lineker, Ex-England international host and Match of the Day host, couldn’t resist mentioning how awful United were at the Amex while waxing poetic about Brighton’s efforts. The ex-forward for Barcelona tweeted: “Good heavens! @OfficialBHAFC are playing some fabulous football. By contrast this might be @ManUtd’s worst performance of the season…and that’s quite an achievement.”
Rangnick, United interim manager, was fair to his feelings and offered fans an apology for the terrible display he witnessed. Former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick is known for his brutal honesty, and it was exactly the same when he came to full-time.
“”It was an awful performance. We can only accept our apologies for this performance, and the humiliating defeat.” Rangnick explained.
The temporary United boss insisted that last Monday’s win over Brentford was “We gave up too much space and time to play a different game. We weren’t in a position to stop them following our lines. However, we tried to get the players to be as compact as possible but couldn’t stop it.
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This current group of United players is also setting a new unwelcome record with their four goals in Brighton. Red Devils have conceded more goals in this season’s Premier League history than any other campaign.
The nature of the defeat prompted the overwhelming majority from the away side to shout ‘you’re too old to wear the shirt’, something that Bruno Fernandes could not agree with.
After the match, the Portugal international acknowledged that both he and the other players were far off the pace. “I include myself in that. What we did today, what I did today, was not enough to be in a Man Utd shirt and I accept it.
“They outplayed ours. They had always found a solution. They pressed us harder and deserved the outcome.” Fernandes continued. “You get a little of everything [went wrong] Quality. Mentality. They were right to win, and we are entitled to be in this position now. We have to be ashamed of what we did and learn from it.