Louis Saha believes Erik ten Hag should drop Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst but has leaped to the defence of Bruno Fernandes following the embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.
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United suffered their heaviest ever defeat to Liverpool on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp’s side blew the Red Devils away in an astonishing encounter at Anfield.
Weghorst, who joined United on loan in January, started the Premier League fixture but failed to make an impact before being subbed off in the second half.
The Dutch striker has featured heavily since his move to Old Trafford but has only scored once in 14 appearances and is still searching for his Premier League goal.
Saha is becoming ‘frustrated’ by Weghorst and says he is not doing enough to justify starting every game for Manchester United.
‘To be honest, I am frustrated with him because I played in that position for many years and I think he’s a good player with lots of experience both internationally and in club football but his performances haven’t been good enough and he doesn’t deserve to be starting in every game,’ Saha told Compare Bet.
‘Yes they won the League Cup and have been winning games but in some crucial moments you need to keep the ball and he doesn’t do it, he doesn’t win all of his headers.
‘He does work hard but that isn’t enough. Just because the team is winning doesn’t mean you can’t make changes and that the formation and line-up is good for every fixture.
‘He’s been given a lot of opportunities to prove himself and he hasn’t taken that chance. I don’t think he’s very effective at pressing high up the pitch.
‘I understand why he’s in the team as he’s the focal point and he provides stability for the team, but I think that’s not good enough.
‘It doesn’t mean he can’t make it and improve, but from what I’ve seen from him so far, he needs to be better.’
Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has received heavy criticism following the team’s humiliating capitulation at Anfield, with Gary Neville and Roy Keane branding him ‘disgraceful’.
But Saha – who won two Premier League titles at Old Trafford – offered a passionate defence of the Portugal midfielder.
‘I don’t want to comment too much because everyone is entitled to their own reaction in moments like that,’ Saha said when asked about Neville and Keane’s criticism of Fernandes.
‘Yes, he throws his hands and complains but that’s his way of showing energy and it’s the same when he’s doing well and people don’t complain so I’m not going to criticise the guy.
‘He’s the captain because he’s a leader and people make mistakes. They didn’t lose 7-0 just because of him, it was every detail and I don’t mind seeing players being really hurt by the result.
‘I will defend Bruno, everyone is entitled to make mistakes and he will learn from them and reflect, maybe he’ll see what fans and pundits have said about his behaviour and he will think about it.
‘His frustration could well have been about his own performance too, and he just expresses it in that way. I think he wants to win and that’s what I see in him.
‘If the players around him are unhappy with his body language and are worried about being criticised by their captain, change jobs. That’s it.
‘You have to accept these things. Roy Keane used to do it too, he always looked for a reaction, whether it was the right one or not.’
On Manchester United’s performance at Anfield as a whole, Saha added: ‘Everything went wrong. It was one of those days when there is just too much to complain about.
‘The result speaks for itself and it’s a wake-up call. They will have to go back and identify what happened for them to collapse, to see what went wrong.
‘You can lose, but to lose like this, it’s horrific. It’s hard to take because you couldn’t see it coming.
‘They started slow and the tempo wasn’t there, but even so, no one could have seen this collapse coming.’
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