$88m man Jadon Sancho ‘not worth a million’, Marcus Rashford not fit ‘for a promoted team’ and Cristiano Ronaldo ‘soap story’: ESPN pundit Craig Burley hits out at the ’embarrassing’ Man United stars
- Manchester United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday
- The Red Devils conceded four in 35 minutes in a strange first half
- Craig Burley slammed the woeful players for a “scary” attitude after their display
- The expert ripped Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co were slammed by Craig Burley as the ESPN FC pundit branded the Manchester United stars a “disgrace to their profession” following the humiliating defeat to Brentford.
United’s nightmare start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday with their second straight defeat, leaving them rock bottom of the English top flight.
The Red Devils found themselves 4-0 down after 35 minutes at the Brentford Community Stadium after a scrappy first-half display and were unable to redeem themselves after the break.
ESPN pundit Craig Burley hits out at Manchester United stars including Jadon Sancho (right)
After the embarrassing display, Burley pointed to the unfortunate stars, claiming Jadon Sancho wasn’t worth a million dollars, while Marcus Rashford couldn’t step into Fulham’s stature.
“Let’s tell a man these players are a disgrace to his profession,” he told ESPN FC.
“I’ll tell you why, we can all lose games, we can all have bad performances, but individually would any of these Brentford players really have got into the Man United team? But they’re super hungry, they want to be in the PL.
“I mean Shaw is an international, Maguire has played in a WC semi-final, Dalot is an international. Jadon Sancho is not worth a million, never mind 100 million at the moment.
Burley (right) claimed Marcus Rashford (left) could not break into a newly promoted team
“Marcus Rashford, PSG want him, it was a discussion we had at the end of the week, 120 million of their assessment of him, he would not go to any of the newly promoted teams in the league.”
The former Chelsea midfielder also opened up about Ronaldo and the Portuguese star’s Old Trafford ‘soap opera’.
The Ten Hag have reportedly had a change of heart regarding Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United and are now open to letting the runaway striker leave.
The 37-year-old’s future at Old Trafford has been up in the air since declaring his intention to leave the club earlier this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
The former Chelsea midfielder also opened up about Cristiano Ronaldo and his ‘soap opera’
And Burley hinted at a poor relationship between the pair as he added: “Ronaldo is honest and never shakes hands with the manager, this has been a soap opera and David de Gea had an absolute nightmare.”
The Spanish striker was at fault for Brentford’s opener as he howled, letting Josh Dasilva’s shot slip through his hands and into the net.
De Gea then conceded three more during the Bees’ first-half defeat and took responsibility after the game for “costing his team two points”.
Goalkeeper David de Gea had a ‘nightmare’ and was at fault for Brentford’s opening goal
Burley also claimed the attitude of United’s players was “appalling” as he insisted the club did not need to break the bank to solve their problems.
“Even if you say it’s a horrible Man United team, I understand that, but it’s Brentford, no closure, no second balls, no fight, no passion,” he said.
“Where’s the new press game that Ten Hag has been saying? Where’s the tactic, only outplayed and outplayed by Brentford? That doesn’t need 500m in the transfer market to sort itself out, that doesn’t need new players.
Burley also claimed the Red Devils’ reluctance to do the basics was “sporting”
“It needs a new attitude and these players for some reason are reluctant to go out on the field and do the basics, it’s very scary.”
After branding the performance “rubbish”, the furious Ten Hag canceled a planned day off and ordered the players to report to the club’s training base in Carrington.
The United boss chastised his side for running a total of eight-and-a-half miles less than Brentford by making them cover the same distance in 30-plus degree temperatures on Sunday as they prepared to face rivals Liverpool.
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