That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who think it’s a ‘disgrace’ that United players’ willingness to try hard is being questioned so thoroughly.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were dealt their seventh loss in nine games at home to City on Wednesday night, with goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane edging the champions closer to retaining their title.
And Rashford, 21, admitted afterwards that the United squad are not giving their all for the badge: “Today we didn’t play like Manchester United. It’s not right. The bare minimum is to work hard and give all for the badge, the supporters, the club and yourself.
“It has been a tough road to get to where we are, to get there and not be putting up the same performances as we were in January is disappointing. We know what’s been going wrong, it’s mentality and willingness to run for your team.”
Nicol believes his scathing words show exactly how poor their dressing room is right now, while insisting the England international is ‘reading the papers’.
“I think it’s an indictment of what a poor dressing room they’ve got when you’ve got the youngest player in the team weighing in what maybe wrong”
“The bottom line is, the fact that we’re talking about Manchester United and we’re actually sitting here wasting time talking about a team that’s trying is absolutely ludicrous,” he told ESPN FC.
“For Manchester United it is an absolute disgrace and basically it’s a disgrace on a huge percentage of the Manchester United players that their willingness to try hard is being questioned.
“As far as the statements [go], Rashford is the youngest member of Manchester United’s team and I think it’s an indictment of what a poor dressing room they’ve got when you’ve got the youngest player in the team, who’s actually still trying to work out his game, weighing in what maybe wrong.
“And clearly from what he’s saying, he’s reading the papers as well. He’s just listening to that.”
Nicol’s comments came after it was claimed:
Solskjaer initially hit the ground running as interim boss at Old Trafford, resurrecting United’s chances of finishing in the top four.
Yet, the Norwegian is now enduring his first crisis in the hot-seat – and defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday will leave them staring a sixth-place finish in the face.
After Wednesday’s defeat, which followed a 4-0 thumping away at Everton, Solskjaer claimed to have seen a ‘reaction’ from his side against their city rivals.
But Nicol has taken fire at the former Red Devils striker, accusing him of covering up for his players.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the other hand, all he’s trying to do is just cover up for his team,” he said.
“He’s saying the effort was there. I’ve never had any of my managers ever, ever praise us for trying hard.
“And then he’s trying to convince us that they’ve actually been making chances and that they’ve got to take their chances. First of all you’ve got to make a decent chance, which they haven’t done for goodness knows how many games.
“So, listen, there’s a whole lot of things wrong, but the worst thing is we’re questioning whether they’re trying.”