Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has responded that the United players 'gave up' in their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Manchester derby.
United had a decent first half to the game and were even level with them at one stage after Jadon Sancho's goal. They were still 2-1 down at half-time but the first half performance was better than what most were expecting.
However in the second half Manchester United were drastically worse. They barely created any chances and had nearly no possession. After Riyad Mahrez's scored City's third goal, Man City had 92% of possession for the next 15 minutes, as United couldn't get any hold of the game.
"I have to say, Manchester United's response to going 3-1 down has been embarrassing. I have never seen that before."
Gary Neville's reaction to seeing that Man City have had 92% possession in that last 15 minutes of this game 😬 #MCIMUN
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) March 6, 2022
The poor finish to the game left a bitter taste for many fans and pundits, including Roy Keane who questioned the players' effort and called their performance 'shameful'.
Scott McTominay squashes opinions on players' effort
In a fascinating post match interview, Scott McTominay was asked what he thought about people saying that some players gave up and threw the towel in.
"Whatever goes on behind the scenes is completely irrelevant to me."
Scott McTominay reacts to Manchester United's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City 🔊 pic.twitter.com/1RID7m3oJI
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 6, 2022
From my point of view on the pitch it's difficult to see what's going on around you but yeah if that's what people are saying then so be it, they are all entitled to their own opinions but for myself personally it's incredibly disappointing if people think that and I'll have to watch it back and see body language and stuff but for myself it hurts, it's not easy and you're going to give a team like that all the time in the world in the second half you'll be punished. It's simple as that.
It was another dark day for United this season as performances like yesterday have been all too frequent this season and for many fans summer couldn't come any sooner as big changes need to be made at Old Trafford.