Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has slammed his team-mates for ‘playing like kids’ after they were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were humiliated by their bitter rivals in their own back yard in a humbling defeat thanks to an opening Naby Keita strike, a second from Diogo Jota and a Mohamed Salah hat-trick.
De Gea has enjoyed a renaissance between the posts this season but he could do little to stop Liverpool’s four-goal blitz in the first-half before conceding a fifth after the break.
The Spaniard was brutally honest about United’s horror showing as he sympathised with fans.
‘We play like kids,’ admitted the goalkeeper after the game, via The Mirror.
He later penned a message to the Old Trafford faithful on Instagram, saying: ‘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.’
United left the pitch at the interval to a cacophony of boos, and hundreds of fans began pouring out of Old Trafford early in the second half.
Meanwhile, the travelling Liverpool fans enjoyed their trip down the M62 as they gleefully taunted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a sarcastic rendition of ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ and chants of ‘Ole must stay’.
Cristiano Ronaldo also took to Instagram to address the fans who he hailed for their ‘amazing support’ as he confessed they deserve better.
After the game, he wrote: ‘Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want.
‘And this is on us, only on us, because there’s no one else to blame. Our fans were, once again, amazing in their constant support.
‘They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to deliver. The time is now!’
After half-time, Ronaldo did put the ball in the net in an attempt at redemption but his strike was chalked off for offside.
United’s nightmare afternoon worsened as Paul Pogba was later sent off for a high and dangerous tackle on Keita, which saw Anthony Taylor produce a red card after consulting the VAR pitchside monitor.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have piled the pressure on Solskjaer as United’s title campaign already looks dead in the water.
United are miles off the pace of the top of the Premier League sitting in seventh, leaving the United boss under the most intense scrutiny of his three year tenure.
Solskjaer faced tough questions following the disastrous result but when asked if he had any doubts over his ability to do the job, the Norwegian replied: ‘We are too close to give up now.
‘I have come too far, we have come too far as a group.
‘I do believe in myself. I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, what we’ve done.
‘The results lately haven’t been good enough. That brings doubt in anyone’s mind probably but I’ve got to keep strong and believe in what we’re doing.
‘I’ve heard nothing else (from the club) and I’m still thinking about tomorrow’s work.
‘We are at rock bottom. I can’t say now I’ve felt any worse than this. It’s the worst I’ve been, the lowest I’ve been, but I accept the responsibility. That is mine today and it’s mine going forward.’