Gary Neville, a former captain of Manchester United, did not hold back after seeing his old team destroyed by a devastating Liverpool squad on Sunday.
The 7-0 drubbing was United’s joint-heaviest defeat in a competitive match, matching defeats by the same score against Wolves in December 1931, Aston Villa in December 1930, and Blackburn Rovers in April 1926.
With a remarkable second-half performance, Liverpool scored six goals, leaving their opponents utterly incapable or perhaps even wanting to contend.
Neville singled out Bruno Fernandes, the captain, for specific censure.
“The second half has been an absolute disgrace,” he said on Sky Sports.
“It was a shambles, epitomized by captain Bruno Fernandes, who has been embarrassing at times.
“They’ve not understood the dangers of this fixture. The Manchester United players have been eaten alive out there.”
Fernandes’ frustration at the events unfolding around him became more apparent as the half wore on.
At one point, when substitute Stefan Bajcetic skipped past him by the touchline, he stopped rather than trying to chase down the young midfielder.
Neville was also angered by Fernandes appearing to gesture to the bench when Marcus Rashford was substituted in the 85th minute, possibly to question why he was not taken off.