Manchester United lost their seventh game in nine matches after being hammered 2-0 by neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford. The defeat ensured that United have conceded nine in their last three, and failed to score even a single goal.
The Red Devils were prone to mistakes, and handed City the momentum after the first half. Misfiring Jesse Lingard missed a simple tap-in, and United’s dream of a top four finish is looking virtually over at the moment.
Youngster Marcus Rashford admitted after the derby defeat that the players will not be harsh with each other, but rather look to improve them.
“We never call each other out but we have to be real with each other. It’s a matter of trying to improve each other. It’s more getting back used to doing it on the pitch,” said Rashford to Sky Sports.
He also added that the players didn’t play like Manchester United on the night, and blamed the mentality and the willingness to give it all.
He added: “It’s not right. The bare minimum is to work hard and give all for the badge, the supporters, the club and yourself. It has been a tough road to get to where we are, to get there and not be putting up the same performances as we were in January is disappointing.
“We know what’s been going wrong, it’s mentality and willingness to run for your team. Forget the league and top four, you don’t lose this game.”
United have conceded 50-plus goals in the Premier League, and the gap is huge between them and the top clubs at the moment.