Gary Pallister believes Bruno Fernandes is not the only player who deserves criticism for Manchester United’s sorry performance against Liverpool.
The Red Devils were stuffed 7-0 at Anfield on Sunday, crashing back down to earth after an enjoyable last couple of months. Erik ten Hag’s men were on cloud nine heading to Anfield after winning the Carabao Cup recently, but they left with their tails between their legs, and with a reminder that they still have a long way to go.
United have been slammed by pundits and fans in the wake of the defeat, and Bruno Fernandes has attracted more criticism than most, seemingly throwing in the towel when there was still work to be done, if not only for the sake of pride. But former United star Pallister believes there is more criticism to be spread around, claiming as many as four other players need to take a look at themselves for their performances.
He told Betting Sites: “Wingers don’t generally like doing that [tracking back]. This is the Premier League mate, this is what we expect but it’s kind of foreign to them. I don’t know exactly what role Antony played at Ajax but he certainly has to track back and help his full-back out here.
“He needs to use his right foot more too because everyone knows he wants to cut in onto his left and get a shot off. I’m not going to slaughter Martinez because he’s been superb more often than not but he and Varane didn’t cover themselves in glory. De Gea will be disappointed with some of the goals. Luke Shaw, who’s been incredible this season, had one of his worst games of the season.”
United will now be looking to bounce back quickly when they face Real Betis in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie on Thursday night.