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We’re sorry: Solskjaer, Man United players apologise after 6-1 humiliation

MANCHESTER United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and several players were apologetic on Sunday night after their 6-1 capitulation to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

It was the club’s worst home defeat since they lost by the same scoreline to

Manchester City in October 2011.
Solskjaer,  who took over at Old Trafford from current Tottenham boss Jose

Mourinho in December 2018, accepted he played a part in the humiliating defeat.

“It’s nowhere near good enough. I hold my hand up,” the former Manchester United striker said in his post-match interview.

“It’s [English] my second language so it’s very difficult to put it into words. It’s a horrible feeling, the worst day I’ve had as a Manchester United manager and player.”
Most of the players took to social media to express their regrets about the performance.

Captain Harry Maguire, who had a nightmare in the centre of defence, wrote on Instagram: “Today was totally unacceptable. We apologise to the fans, you deserve to much more. There’s no excuses. One thing for sure is that we will do everything we can to put this right. We’re all hurting but this is the start of a long season with everything to play for. We must stick together.”

Goalkeeper David De Gea tweeted: “We feel exactly like you. No excuses. Sorry.”

Midfielder Bruno midfielder, who was taken off early in the second half after Anthony Martial’s first-half red card, showed his remorse on Instagram.

“Represent this big football club as we did today is not enough!” the Portuguese wrote. “We apologize with all the fans for this big lost at our home! Time to bow our head, reflect and do much more for us, the club and fans!”

Defender Luke Shaw did not hold back in his interview with Sky Sports.

“A club like Manchester United should not be losing in this way and it is kind of embarrassing,” the left-back said. “We have let a lot of people down today, we have let ourselves down.

“We are nowhere near it at the moment. When we went to ten men, there was not that type of character to get us going again – maybe we are too quiet and naive to let them do that to us – attitude and commitment, we need to do more.”

Marcus Rashford, who has been with the club since he was a kid, put out a statement on Twitter, writing: “First and foremost I’m a United fan. This is my club. I’m so proud to wear this shirt but there are no excuses, it’s just not good enough and to every single fan around the world that tunes in today, I’m just so sorry. You deserve so much better than that.”

United scored first via a Fernandes penalty after Martial has been fouled in the box but Tottenham responded with two quick goals. The hosts then fell completely apart after Martial was issued a red card for hitting Erik Lamela in retaliation.

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