Graeme Souness called Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko “naive and stupid” for getting sent off in their 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.
Steven Bergwijn, a £25million signing from PSV Eindhoven this week, made an immediate impact for Spurs as he opened the scoring in fine style, with Son Heung-min clinching the most impressive three points of Jose Mourinho’s reign in north London so far.
City, who were reduced to 10 men when Zinchenko saw red, missed a first-half penalty through Ilkay Gundogan while Sergio Aguero also hit a post as they failed to score for the first time in 24 away games.
Raheem Sterling was lucky to avoid a red card on a bad afternoon which saw City suffer a sixth defeat of the season, edging Liverpool even closer to the title.
“Shoulder to shoulder is when you’re running with someone and you outmuscle them. But he’s just bashed into him.
“Naive and stupid. He has to have a look at himself for the first yellow card where he runs 50 or 60 yards to get involved in something that’s not his business, the penalty shout for Sterling – no need to get involved in that!
“If you’re a defender the way City play where they’re right up the pitch all the time on the halfway line, teams will break on them. So for a defender to be giving away stupid yellow cards for arguing or pushing someone in a melee is unacceptable. That’s where the problem was.
“That wasn’t the worst foul to give away if he hadn’t had a yellow card previously.”