English Media Lambasts Man United over Europa Elimination : Harry Maguire and David De Gea are heavily lambasted by the British press after the heavy defeat and elimination of Manchester United by FC Sevilla in the Europa League quarter-finals as Morocco striker Youssef En Nesyri netted a brace.
Sevilla imposed an emphatic 3-0 defeat against the Red Devils with goals from Morocco attacker Youssef En Nesyri in the 8th minute , Loic Bade in the 47th and Youssef En Nesyri again in the 81st.
It was a nightmare at Sánchez-Pizjuán for Erik ten Hag and United and certainly a bad day for Harry Maguire and David De Gea.
The duo were guilty of gross errors during the heavy 3-0 defeat in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.
The Spanish goalkeeper and the English defender are the headlines of the British press on Friday morning.
With “Wince Harry” (to wince means to wince), the Daily Star has fun hijacking the title of Prince Harry to highlight the blunder committed by Harry Maguire on the opener of the Morocco international in the 8th minute.
The Daily Mail opted for a reference to “howlers” in Harry Potter to castigate his bad luck. More measured, The Guardian, on its site, nevertheless insists on the “annus horribilis” of the English captain.
The Mirror Sport insists on its side on the failed exit of David De Gea at the end of the match (81st): “Manchester United was terrible but De Gea was appalling”.
“De Gea is not good with his feet”
Former English international Owen Hargreaves, who passed through Manchester United between 2007 and 2011, joined the concert of criticism against the Spanish goalkeeper.
“De Gea is not good with his feet. Does he fit Ten Hag’s philosophy? Based on what happened today, no,” he tackled on BT Sport.
His former national teammate Jamie Carragher for his part preferred to pin the performance of Jadon Sancho, replaced at half-time by Marcus Rashford:
“Antony has done more in six months than Sancho in two years. However, Antony is the subject lots of criticism and Sancho gets very little”.
But club legend Scholes wants to get something positive out of it
In this slump, Paul Scholes did not want to be hard on the club. For the former midfielder, this defeat should not change the confidence placed in Erik ten Hag, but simply force the club to make decisions for the transfer window:
“This evening allowed Ten Hag to form an opinion on certain of these players. That’s probably the only good thing that will come out of all of this. It shows that the team is not good enough, if you have injuries.
This team can handle other encounters, but when it’s it’s a decisive match, a great evening, it is not up to the task. The quality drops a notch when the great players are not in condition. (…)
We had somewhat disastrous nights throughout the season, but I still feel like Ten Hag is doing the right thing and we’re heading in the right direction.”
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