Written by on March 6, 2023



Manchester United’s hammering at the hands of Liverpool was a brutal watch in the second half.

United lost 7-0, conceding six goals after half-time. Up until the first goal, Erik ten Hag‘s side had been going fairly well.

Cody Gakpo’s goal just before half-time changed the game, with Raphael Varane undone after a defence splitting ball.

But former star Bastian Schweinsteiger had a different take, pinning the blame on Fred for the opener.


Schweinsteiger blames Fred

Schweinsteiger commented on Twitter to say he observed Fred being dragged out of position to move out wide, following Cody Gakpo’s movement.

In doing so, he left a big gap in a central area, for which Andrew Robertson played the pass to Gakpo to receive inside the penalty area.

The former German international and ex-United midfielder wrote: “Fred doesn’t need to push too much to Gakpo.

“He just needs to close inside and let the ball pass wide. World Cup ritual: Never open the centre!”

Schweinsteiger could not bring himself to tweet during the second half or after the game. We don’t blame him.

He would be here all day deconstructing the goals, there were so many mistakes.

United conceded twice at the start of the second half, and once a fourth goal went in, the players gave up.

This was the club’s worst ever defeat to Liverpool, a crushing loss which could have psychological implications next time the teams do battle.

We hoped United’s win against Liverpool earlier in the season had got us past these one-sided matches. For 40 minutes, we were looking strong.

Then Gakpo scored the opener, and the team collapsed after half-time. We want to forget this one quickly, but it won’t be easy.




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