Manchester United players were no more than spectators in the Manchester derby at the Etihad, as they helplessly watched Pep Guardiola’s men paint the city blue.
The Red Devils only managed to remain competitive in the game until the half hour mark, thanks to an equaliser from former City youngster Jadon Sancho. But as soon as Kevin De Bruyne scored his and City’s second, there was no coming back for Ralf Rangnick’s side.
A brace from Riyad Mahrez after the break was the least the hosts deserved for their dominance, as they didn’t allow the visitors to register a single shot towards their goal in the second half.
Roy Keane, the last individual you’d expect to accept such a dreadful display of commitment from United players, didn’t hold back in his post-match analysis for Sky Sports.
The United legend said there “were five or six players” who should never play for the club again after that performance, and the 4-1 score line makes it tough to counter his opinion.
It’s obvious United are far off from their neighbours with regards to technical and tactical ability, but the club’s hierarchy will also need to address the mentality of the squad to close the gap on their rivals.
As the Premier League giants begin their search for a new manager, they should also look for new clubs for some of their stars who simply don’t care.