Watch: ‘It’s rubbish’ – Michael Owen rips into Man Utd after derby defeat

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen

Manchester United‘s display during their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City has attracted plenty of criticism from fans and pundits alike – none more so than Michael Owen.

Owen, who played for United between 2009 and 2012, once scored a famous winner in the Manchester derby but there was nothing like the same dramatics at Old Trafford on Saturday as City eased to victory.

And the former England striker didn’t hold back when asked his opinion about United’s performance.

“Manchester United have collected a fantastic array of players but they don’t look like a team whereas Pep Guardiola, whatever team he manages, they’ve got a distinct style of play,” Owen told DAZN after the game.

“You’ve got to be able to look further than the end of your nose and think this is the way we’re going to play no matter what. We are going to buy players for these positions and now let’s play this way.

“If things go wrong and you concede five against Liverpool you don’t think, ‘the defence is rubbish let’s go and put one more player in there’. It’s ridiculous.”

Owen went on to request that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stop shielding his players in post-match interviews and identified Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as an example to follow.

You can listen to the full dismantling of United’s current situation below.

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