Peter Schmeichel blasts Sofyan Amrabat after Manchester United’s defeat to Man City
'He was so far off the pace Man City basically could do whatever they wanted.'
Erling Haaland scored twice before Phil Foden’s late goal sealed a dominant win for Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford, which has left United with five defeats from their opening 10 Premier League games this season.
Amrabat, meanwhile, started in defensive midfield and was booked for a clash with Phil Foden before he was substituted for Mason Mount at half time.
Schmeichel believes the Morocco international ‘was so far off the pace’ in the opening 45 minutes and disagrees with Erik ten Hag’s positive verdict on United’s first-half display.
‘It’s interesting to hear what Erik ten Hag is saying there because when you sit there and watch the game as a fan, I kind of had a different experience to what he’s describing in his interview,’ Schmeichel told Premier League Productions.
‘I don’t know what his game plan was, I don’t know what he told the players but when he says they played a good first half I don’t agree.
‘I mean, he makes a change at half time, there’s a reason for that because it wasn’t working in midfield. Amrabat was so far off the pace Man City basically could do whatever they wanted.
‘And the chances, yes, we had chances but they all came from Manchester City mistakes, it wasn’t like we were creating anything.
‘Then you see other little things, players aren’t playing each other when they’re supposed to pass the ball, then you just see little things that makes you worry about this Manchester United team and the dressing room.
‘You just have a feeling when watching Man City that at any time they feel like it they will create a chance and more often than not they will score.
‘Little things are not right and you can distribute that across every Manchester United player today. Little things are not being done right, runs are not being made that are supposed to be made, and then you make the run, make the effort at the wrong time where you’re on your own and have no support.
‘It’s kind of not imbalanced but I have to say sat here watching Manchester City playing today, they are playing so well, they went full control, and I think regardless of referee mistakes or little mistakes by players, I think the outcome would’ve been there or thereabouts.’
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