Manchester United legend Patrice Evra said the club’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham today was enough to make him rip up his Sky Sports punditry contract.
He branded the team a “shambles” after United were hammered at Old Trafford today.
United led after being awarded a penalty inside 30 seconds, converted by Bruno Fernandes, but Spurs quickly hit back through Tanguy Ndombele and Son Heung-Min before the floodgates opened following a red card for Anthony Martial.
Son scored again, while Harry Kane got two and Serge Aurier was also on the scoresheet.
Evra said he would have to quit his job as a pundit if it involved analysing more performances like this.
“Alexis Sanchez said after his first training session he asked his agent to end his contract,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to ask Sky because this is my second game working…I’m a positive person and I never want to talk about United because telling the truth can hurt.
“I’m passionate, I love my club. I know I have to have some filter when I talk on TV, but that was a shambles.
“They let down all United fans. I don’t care about the result, I’ve been beaten 6-1, but every year I feel the same, that’s why I prefer to work on a different game if I stay at Sky.”
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will inevitably come under pressure but Evra insists that the blame belongs further up the food chain at Old Trafford.
“We will talk about the manager but what about the board?” he said. “How many years now since (Sir Alex Ferguson) left, how many managers have been sacked now? We talk about Ole, maybe he’s the man, maybe not, but we don’t know about the transfers.
“It’s difficult to break a man like me, I’m a positive person. I don’t promote violence but many people need a good slap right now, that’s what I would do if I’m working for the club.
“It’s about the body language, the love for that shirt, the passion, I don’t see any players understanding wearing that shirt. You’re carrying on the story of the club.”
United have spent the last few months chasing a deal for Jadon Sancho but that looks impossible with Borussia Dortmund determined to hold on to the England international.
A deal to sign Porto left-back Alex Telles looks set to be completed while 33-year-old free agent Edinson Cavani also looks set for a move to Old Trafford ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline day.
However, these deals won’t appease frustrated supporters or sort out the issues at the heart of Solskjaer’s defence.
Tottenham run riot as 10-man Manchester United are hit for six at Old Trafford
Edinson Cavani’s United debut set to be delayed due to coronavirus regulations