Manchester United players are being criticized by Graeme Souness “bad apples” who lack work ethic and mentality after a poor display in the 4-0 defeat against Brighton Hove & Albion on Saturday.
Brighton beat United for the first time in four years at Amex. The Red Devils also conceded four goals for the second month in a row – the first being against Liverpool last month.
Souness was shocked to see another United disasterclass and lashed out at the attitude and lack of leadership in the club. “I never apologise for saying this but you’ve got no chance of being successful at a football club unless you have good senior pros,”He Sky Sports.
“I as a young boy going to Liverpool, was surrounded by good senior pros. I’d like to think that when I became a senior player, I was sending that message back down the line to the ones coming.
“My first job was at Glasgow Rangers. There I worked with Terry Butcher and Richard Geoff. It’s difficult to deal with someone who is not interested in the sport. Man United doesn’t have any right now, I would suggest that they do.
“I think I read some months ago, [Cristiano] Ronaldo says, people don’t listen anymore. I thought it was a good idea to go back there, because they need a catalyst for change. They need someone that’s going to say, this is how we’re going to train, this is how we’ll look after, we’ll turn up on time and we’re at it all the time.
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“They don’t play any easy games, but Man United do not have any leaders, they’ve stopped listening, they’ve knocked off and I would imagine they’ve got some bad apples in that group that are not interested.
Many agreed with the 69-year-old, as one wrote: “It’s quite tragic that these guys are so spot-on.” Another said: “Mourinho stated that there were bad apples in the dressing room. Everyone thought he was the problem. I am glad that everyone finally sees it.”
A third continued: “It’s true. It has been one poor decision after the other.” and a fourth insisted: “Imagine being a young forward, and not wanting to listen Cristiano Ronaldo. You are a lot of things man.”
Incoming manager Erik ten Hag will have plenty to deal with as he is set for a major rebuild at Old Trafford.