Pat Nevin criticises Manchester United following Sunderland defeat

by Tanveer Arayan

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has criticised Manchester United for the “utterly unacceptable” second goal they conceded in the 2-1 defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.

Anthony Martial cancelled out Wahbi Khazri’s early opener before David de Gea‘s 82nd-minute own goal handed the Black Cats all three points at the Stadium of Light.

The goal came from a set-piece and Nevin criticised Man United for “turning off”.

“Today it wasn’t about them sitting back and holding. It was the opposition worked harder, chased harder, and decided to play in a much more offensive way,” Nevin said.

“In the end just that one moment of turning off for the second goal which was utterly unacceptable.”

Not for the first time this season, United were exposed defensively. The Black Cats, despite being in the midst of a relegation battle, had far too many chances against Louis van Gaal’s side.

United are now in real danger of missing out in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and they can only blame themselves following what has been a disastrous campaign. Questions will also need to be seriously asked of van Gaal, although the club are seemingly determined to keep hold of him.

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