Petit slams Matic, United players: ‘it was shameful’

Date published: Monday 5th November 2018 1:05 - Joe Williams

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit thinks the performance of Manchester United’s players in the first 30 minutes against Bournemouth was “shameful”.

United went on to win the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but they were second best for large parts of the first half.

And Petit, who watched the match, picked out Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling for criticism.

“I don’t know but I know that Mourinho is doing his best,” Petit told RMC Sport.

“That’s not enough, but I think that a lot of players in his team should really look in the mirror.

“Matic first, is it his brother that signed for United from Chelsea? Except for the last season where he did good he is light years from what he is capable of.

“He’s not the only one, there’s Ashley Young and that’s without even talking about the central defence. What are they doing at Manchester United?

“I’m tired of Smalling. You know me, I’m not someone who hammers players so easily. But for him, I’ve been asking myself for years. These players are not good enough to play in a club as big as Manchester United and that has been going on for years.

“The game against Bournemouth after 30 minutes I was ashamed for the United players. I was ashamed for this mythical club, I was ashamed for its history, I was ashamed for Mourinho, I was ashamed for his staff, I thought to myself, but what is this a team of good for nothings.

“Guys who don’t give it their all who watch each other play. No inspiration. Honestly, it was shameful when you represent a club like that. It was shameful, I’ve never seen United so bad for thirty minutes, under Mourinho’s command.”

 

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