Roy Keane slammed captain Bruno Fernandes and defender Luke Shaw in his appraisal of Manchester United’s performance in their 7-0 thrashing at Liverpool.
United was blown out in the second half after going into the interval only one behind. Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah all scored twice, and Roberto Firmino came off the bench to round off the scoring.
Erik ten Hag’s side put in a poor performance, and Keane wasn’t shy in criticizing the attitude of United’s players, echoing Gary Neville’s assessment of skipper Fernandes.
“Fernandes’ body language tonight was disgusting,” Keane said in an interview with Sky Sports. “A tremendously great child, he’s your captain – so much talent – but the body language, flailing his arms around and not running back, you wouldn’t be happy with him in that dressing room, let me tell you.
“United’s senior players were… to use all the words, embarrassing. The veteran players, in particular, failed to demonstrate any leadership abilities. They threw up some surprising goals. United has had a difficult day. Thank goodness I’ve never been a part of a Manchester United team that was trounced by that much.
“The players will feel mortified, and they will undoubtedly be ashamed of their performance. They simply vanished in the second half when things became difficult. To give up so many objectives.
“You have to realize that you have excellent international players and World Cup champions. I have no idea what Shaw is doing. Several athletes were having a rough day but look at this (defending from Shaw).
“Again, the senior players for Man United will be – the big players, the ones we give the huge build-up to, the experienced guys – they’re the ones who have truly let the club down tonight. I always believed that if you got beaten six or seven nil in a game like this, you’d go into hiding.
“As a player, you’d go underground for a few days. It’s so embarrassing that I’d go absent for a few months. But that’s game; they need to come back because they have a big European game coming up.”