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CHRIS SUTTON: My verdict on the Manchester derby… embarrassing – total football versus total bullshit

CHRIS SUTTON: My verdict on the Manchester derby… embarrassing – it was total football versus total bullshit

  • Manchester United lacked identity in a 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday
  • Erik ten Hag needs time at United, but the big loss was a big setback
  • Meanwhile, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden led a showcase of total football

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Anyone tuning in at half-time shouldn’t have been fooled by the 4-0 scoreline. It hadn’t been that close.

We like to talk about ‘identity’ in football, but Manchester United’s was non-existent.

On the rare occasions they won the ball in the first half, it was hopelessly long and it came to nothing. It was total football against total fools.

Manchester United showed no identity as they capitulated in the 6-3 derby defeat to Man City

Manchester United showed no identity as they capitulated in the 6-3 derby defeat to Man City

You can lose a game, especially against the best team in the world, but it was embarrassing.

United are a strange club. They have more ups and downs than a rider on a Tour de France mountain tape, and it never takes long for the wheels to come off.

There is a process to it – they will do something that gets their followers excited, there is hype, then it will come to a bitter end.

They beat Liverpool 4-0 in pre-season and then started the campaign with losses to Brighton and Brentford.

Phil Foden, right, and Erling Haaland showed total football dominance by scoring six times

Phil Foden, right, and Erling Haaland showed total football dominance by scoring six times

Phil Foden, right, and Erling Haaland showed total football dominance by scoring six times

They secured four consecutive wins, then they lose like this.

I got sucked into the hype myself. I said City would only win 4-1 in my BBC predictions as I had foolishly thought United had improved!

Erik ten Hag needs time. This is a team in transition and they faced a great side.

But United’s players will have to take a hard look at themselves after this.

Erik ten Hag needs time with this United team, but the emphatic nature of the defeat was a setback

Erik ten Hag needs time with this United team, but the emphatic nature of the defeat was a setback

Erik ten Hag needs time with this United team, but the emphatic nature of the defeat was a setback


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