Manchester United legend Gary Neville said he “didn’t think it would get as bad as it is today” after seeing them “erase” and “dismantle” 5-0 by Liverpool.
Their former right-back has been a constant supporter of former United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but that may have finally changed.
The Sky Sports expert was shocked by his team’s performance as they fell to a 4-0 halftime deficit for the first time in their Premier League history.
Goals from Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah doomed United to a horrific 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford with Neville being as shocked as anyone.
“I didn’t think it would ever go so bad today,” Neville said.
“It’s as bad as it has been in this game in terms of the distance between the two clubs for maybe 40 or 50 years.
“It has always been a close game most of the time, but today it was a shock.”
United have had their heads above water largely through moments of individual brilliance, such as late winner Cristiano Ronaldo in a 3-2 Champions League victory over Atalanta midweek.
But performance was below par according to Neville, with that kind of result still on the horizon.
“The timing of the game couldn’t have been worse,” he said. “It’s been a few weeks now that it’s been building with what I call half-decent displays and as soon as they play a decent team they’ve been erased, torn apart and dismantled.
“I didn’t think they would play like this because they would flip a switch, but you can’t flip a switch in football.”
United’s defense was torn to shreds in the first half, with a disorganized team everywhere.
The lack of control then led to a hat-trick from Salah, the first by an outside player at Old Trafford since 2003, when Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Real Madrid in the Champions League, with Paul Pogba then seeing red for a nasty challenge on Keita.
“The Manchester United players have been overwhelmed,” Neville said. “They are one of the worst performing teams in the league – we know from the stats we see week after week – and there is nothing worse than being one of the worst performing teams. performing and being easy to tackle, but they’re both.
“It’s a bad reflection on the manager, the staff and the players.”
TalkSPORT commentator Perry Groves was equally shocked at what he was watching, pointing to Harry Maguire as Liverpool took a 2-0 lead.
“When you play for Liverpool, you have to have cohesion, synchronicity… [Victor] Lindelof has fallen, Luke Shaw doesn’t know where he is going and Harry Maguire is lost, ”said Groves.
“He’s just wandering in the middle of the field, he doesn’t know what to do.
“When they turn to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he has that look on his face where he thinks’ I don’t know what to do.
“If Liverpool keep playing like this and go for the jugular it could end up with four or five. “
“Look at the structure at the back for both purposes… you tell me there’s good form there because I can’t tell you! “