August 19, 2022

Gary Neville lambasted Manchester United gamers for ‘throwing the towel in’ and delivering an embarrassing efficiency in a 4-1 defeat in opposition to Metropolis within the Manchester derby.

Trailing to a Kevin De Bruyne objective after simply 5 minutes, United rallied and ultimately gained a foothold within the recreation, drawing stage midway by the primary half courtesy of a superb end by Jadon Sancho.

De Bruyne put Metropolis again in entrance shortly after however Ralf Rangnick’s crew remained within the recreation till the top of the primary half, earlier than the wheels got here off spectacularly after the restart.

Manchester United had been hammered 4-1 by Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad on Sunday

The Premier League champions utterly outclassed their rivals within the second half, with Riyad Mahrez scoring twice as United failed to put a glove on their rivals. 

Metropolis toyed with their rivals and loved 92 per cent of possession within the remaining quarter-hour.

‘Manchester United’s response to going 3-1 down has been embarrassing. I’ve by no means seen something like that in any recreation of soccer,’ Neville mentioned whereas on-commentary on Sky Sports activities.

United were in the game in the first half but were completely outclassed after the break

United had been within the recreation within the first half however had been utterly outclassed after the break

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of the many United players enduring a torrid afternoon

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of many many United gamers enduring a torrid afternoon

Ralf Rangnick has now seen his team drop to fifth in the Premier League table

Ralf Rangnick has now seen his crew drop to fifth within the Premier League desk 

‘Ninety-two per cent possession for Metropolis? They [United] have given up. I get the truth that it’s arduous, they’re enjoying in opposition to a high crew however they’re strolling across the pitch. It’s nowhere close to adequate.

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‘I don’t suppose the scoreline it’s the issue, it’s the response to going 3-1 down that’s been the largest drawback for me. They’ve completely thrown the towel in.’

Metropolis had been comfortably higher than United in each division, ending the sport with 24 pictures to the guests’ 5 and holding the ball for 70 p.c of the sport. 

Via their slick passing and fixed motion Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish proved a relentless thorn within the facet for United’s again 4, who merely couldn’t deal with Metropolis.

Kevin De Bruyne scored twice as City crushed their rivals with a brilliant display

Kevin De Bruyne scored twice as Metropolis crushed their rivals with a superb show

Riyad Mahrez added a double in the second-half, as City tore United to shreds

Riyad Mahrez added a double within the second-half, as Metropolis tore United to shreds 

Neville acknowledged the gulf between the edges, however insisted the manner of a number of United gamers was a far greater concern than the hole in high quality between the 2 Manchester rivals.

‘The very first thing to say is that Manchester Metropolis had been excellent, notably within the second-half,’ he added.

‘However on the finish of the sport, Manchester United completed like an absolute bathe. They had been a shame within the final 25 minutes.

‘It’s the primary time Ralf Rangnick has taken them in opposition to a correct crew they usually have been given a correct doing.’