Manchester United endured something of a disastrous afternoon on Sunday as they went down in a 4-0 battering by Chelsea.
José Mourinho’s gameplan was undone after just 30 seconds as Pedro Rodríguez gave the home side the lead (thanks to some awful Man United defending), and from there it just got worse.
Manchester United’s collapse has led to some strong words from those who enjoyed years of success at Old Trafford, as Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers all had some harsh words for the defeated side.
As part of the Premier League’s official punditry team for Sunday’s match, Giggs (in quotes carried by the Mirror) hammered the side for their relaxed demeanour immediately after the game, swapping shirts and laughing with the victorious opposition:
“You can get beat in a football match, but then when you’re getting beat and you’re swapping shirts – which is something I don’t like, call me old fashioned.
“If you get beat 4-0, you congratulate the opposition, you thank the supporters and then you get off the pitch.
“You don’t stand around on the pitch, swapping shirts and laughing, with the team that’s just beat you.”
Gary Neville, meanwhile, criticised the Man United midfield for failing to take control of the game, as Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba could only watch at times while Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kanté ran rings around them:
“I was surprised when Martial came on (in the 65th minute). I thought this could be four, five, six.
I did think that we would see the introduction of Martial at half-time. I thought we’d see Carrick to bring some more control to the midfield.
“I know Fellaini has had a lot of stick over the past two seasons at United and people have said he is not really a Manchester United player, and I think it is easy to say that. He has a lack of quality in certain areas.
“But today he was really poor. I don’t know what his instruction was on where to play but first-half he had a terrible game. It was no surprise that he came off at half-time.
“You have to say that Herrera dropped below the level, because he was brilliant at Anfield.”
Mourinho will have to pick his side up, and quickly, as they go into yet another massive game as they host rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.
Should they lose that, the mood around Old Trafford will only darken further.