Graeme Souness slated Manchester United players as "bad apples" who lack work ethic and mentality after a poor display in the 4-0 defeat against Brighton Hove & Albion on Saturday.
Brighton sealed their first win over United in four years at the Amex over the weekend. It was also the second time in a month that the Red Devils conceded four goals in a game – the other coming against Liverpool last month.
Having seen another United disasterclass, Souness laid into the players' attitude and the lack of leadership within the club. "I never apologise for saying this but you've got no chance of being successful at a football club unless you have good senior pros," he said on Sky Sports.
"I as a young boy going to Liverpool, was surrounded by good senior pros. I'd like to think that when I became a senior player, I was sending that message back down the line to the ones coming.
"My first job I got was at Glasgow Rangers, I worked with Richard Geoff, Terry Butcher and when you've got those sort of guys, you don't have much of a job to do. You have a difficult time if someone's not at it, they're into them already. I would suggest at Man United right now, they don't have any.
"I think I read some months ago, [Cristiano] Ronaldo says, people don't listen anymore. I thought it was a good idea to go back there, because they need a catalyst for change. They need someone that's going to say, this is how we're going to train, this is how we'll look after, we'll turn up on time and we're at it all the time.
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"They don't play any easy games, but Man United do not have any leaders, they've stopped listening, they've knocked off and I would imagine they've got some bad apples in that group that are not interested.
Many agreed with the 69-year-old, as one wrote: "It's actually quite sad that these guys are absolutely spot on." Another said: "When Mourinho said that there are bad apples in the dress room. Everyone thought that he was the problem. Now I'm glad everyone is finally seeing it."
A third continued: "Very true. It's been one poor decision after another," and a fourth insisted: "Imagine being a young forward and not wanting to listen to Cristiano Ronaldo. This lot man."
Incoming manager Erik ten Hag will have plenty to deal with as he is set for a major rebuild at Old Trafford.
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