Bruno Fernandes accepted chants from Manchester United fans that he’s “not fit to wear the shirt” following the damaging defeat to Brighton.
The problems throughout the Old Trafford club have reared their heads on a number of occasions this season. Indeed, a 9-0 aggregate loss to Liverpool would be a pertinent starting point.
Such performances have seen the Red Devils go from having optimism in August to now fearing the worst.
And on Saturday, Brighton put another nail in Man Utd‘s coffin for their campaign with a 4-0 win.
The Seagulls opened the scoring after 15 minutes through Moises Caicedo. However, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard added to the misery for United – and to the delight for Brighton.
Fernandes told Sky Sports of the humiliating evening for the Red Devils: “The result is what it is. It is not good enough.
“They outplayed us. They always had a solution. Pressed us better and they deserved the result.
“A little bit of everything [went wrong]. Quality. Mentality. They deserved to win and we deserve to be in the position we are in now.
“It’s something that we have to look and be embarrassed because that was not good enough from us and we have to do much better.”
The travelling United fans at the Amex Stadium subsequently chanted “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” at the players.
When asked about the chant, the Portugal midfielder added: “I include myself in that. What we did today, what I did today, was not enough to be in a Man Utd shirt and I accept it.”
Graeme Souness, however, insisted that only goalkeeper David de Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo look anything like Man Utd players.
Goalkeeper De Gea has made the second-most number of saves in the Premier League this season. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has netted 24 goals in 39 games.
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“You’d like to think you’ll get honesty from the players,” Souness told Sky Sports in his own assessment.
“You’ll like to think the players are playing for their futures at that club because there must be question marks over so many of them.
“So many have underperformed, we know they’re better. But it’s okay us saying that, but they have to go out and do it.
“Near enough to a man, Ronaldo’s chipped in with goals and the goalkeeper [De Gea], maybe. Other than that, you’re struggling to find anyone that you would say are anything like a Man Utd player.”
Damning stats prove United woes
United have suffered another sub-par season overall – but only now will the realisation truly set in.
Indeed, the defeat to Brighton means the Red Devils will record their worst-ever points total in a Premier League season.
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United have also now conceded 56 league goals this season – a new high.
Incoming new manager Erik ten Hag will have realised he is taking on a big task to turn the Old Trafford club around.
However, such statistics really do set in stone the size of that job ahead of a crucial summer transfer window.