‘We play like kids’ – Man Utd star lays into his teammates

Lewis Oldham
David Dea Gea criticises his Man Utd teammates

Man Utd star David De Gea claimed that his teammates played “like kids” against Liverpool as their performance in the 5-0 defeat was unacceptable.

The Red Devils were humiliated by Liverpool on Sunday. Some poor defending led to Man Utd being 4-0 behind at the break.

Naby Keita and Diogo Jota got on the scoresheet to make it 2-0 early on. Mohamed Salah set up the opener and he scored two of his own before half time.

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At the start of the second half, Salah completed his hat-trick after being set up brilliantly by Jordan Henderson.

Paul Pogba was sent off shortly after coming on for a poor challenge on Keita. It finished 5-0 and this is Liverpool’s biggest ever win at Old Trafford. 

Man Utd have now lost three of their last four Premier League games. This run has seen them drop down to seventh and they are eight points adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

As reported by the Mirror, De Gea suggested after the defeat that his teammates “play like kids”.

Later on Sunday, via his Instagram account, De Gea added: “I feel the pain of our supporters, you give the team everything and we must do the same. I love this club and we will not accept this performance.”

Elsewhere, Paul Scholes has claimed that Pogba should not play for Man Utd again:

“Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half-time to try and help the team and maybe get a little respectability about it, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away.

“Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle. Now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men. You’d have to think, if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?

“He’s caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everyone knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he’s been.

“But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom. Then he comes on and does something like that.

“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong. But that’s part of it which almost summed the United performance up today.

“Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t.

“He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your team-mates, what he’s done today.”