Manchester United were appalling on Friday night.
The Manchester club travelled to the south coast for their Premier League contest against Brighton & Hove Albion as the heavy favourites.
Jose Mourinho’s side may have been without Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, but they were still expected to overcome the Premier League newcomers.
But they didn’t.
Even Man United fans will admit that they were woeful from start to finish.
They ended up losing 1-0 through a goal from Pascal Groß, but in truth, it could have been more had David de Gea not pulled off some smart stops.
GARY NEVILLE’S COMMENTS AFTER THE GAME
Gary Neville was on Sky Sports commentary for the game, and it’s fair to say he was not impressed with what he saw.
Mourinho gave opportunities to a number of fringe players, including Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini, Marcos Rojo, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
None of those impressed.
And Neville thinks that Mourinho is now fed up with some of his players after their dismal performance on Friday night.
“It felt to me like a final straw for him with some of the players,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“Woeful? Awful? It was a shocker from first minute to last minute. I never thought they’d come out in the second half and repeat the first half performance, but they did.
“When you can’t get your the manager has to go, or the players must go. He’s going to make some big changes in the changing room. I’ve not got words for it.
“I said during commentary, any player wondering why they aren’t playing in the cup final, show them that video, that attitude was terrible, it was awful.
“They were absolutely terrible tonight, terrible. It’s not good enough. It’s the end of the season, but they’re wearing a Manchester United shirt and the standards have got to be higher. He’s lost faith in some of them.”
You know what, that could well be true.
Mourinho’s patience is clearly wearing thin.
He has criticised his players on numerous times this season. In March he told all his players, barring Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, to ‘grow up’.
And he was clearly not happy after the game on Friday, where he seemed to take another swipe at the players he recalled to the team.
“Not good enough,” he said after the game. “Because the players that replaced others did not perform at a good level, and when individuals don’t perform at a good level it’s difficult for the team to perform at a good level.
“So maybe now you understand why some players play more than others, and you don’t ask all the time why A, B and C don’t play more.”
Mourinho’s comments after the game only reinforce Neville’s point that he’s lost faith in some of his team.