Manchester United 1-4 Borussia Dortmund: 5 stars criticised

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Manchester United were well beaten at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in their second pre-season fixture under Jose Mourinho. 

Thomas Tuchel's side ran riot against the Red Devils, securing a comfortable 4-1 victory in China.

Goals from Gonzalo Castro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Dortmund in control before half-time, while Ousmane Dembele added another with a wonderful solo strike.


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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for United, but Castro had the final say with a bullet from outside the box.

Despite it only being United's second game of pre-season, fans were quick to take to social media to criticise their stars. 


Here are five players who have been slammed on Twitter: 

Phil Jones

United defender Phil Jones has struggled at Old Trafford for some time now. This season really appears to be a huge one for him in his pursuit of establishing himself as a leading player for the club. 

After coming off the bench against Wigan on Saturday, the versatile defender was handed his chance to start from the off against Dortmund today. Ultimately, he did not take his opportunity and appeared to be way off the pace. 

Sam Johnstone

Let's be honest, it's extremely unlikely that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will be handed a prominent role at the club next season, but the fixture against Dortmund was an opportunity for him to prove that he's good enough to become the club's back-up to Spaniard David de Dea. 

While Sergio Romero, who replaced him in the second-half, was also beaten on two occasions, Johnstone hardly grabbed his chance between the sticks. 

He certainly could have avoided the first goal after failing to properly deal with a relatively tame free-kick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard stamped his mark on the United first-team last season and scored the club's winning goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, but fans of the club still aren't too sure that he's good enough to become a regular under Mourinho's regime. 

He certainly failed to make an impact today and was widely criticised for one extremely poor shot when he was handed an opening against 'keeper Roman Weidenfeller. 

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Marcos Rojo

Argentine defender Marcos Rojo has endured a difficult couple of years since moving to England. The versatile defender has struggled with injuries and often failed to secure a regular role in the team. 

He certainly didn't help his cause against Dortmund and was made to look like a fool by Ousmane Dembele, who turned him inside out to score his side's third goal. United fans well and truly want him sold. 

Memphis Depay

Dutchman Memphis Depay endured a torrid debut campaign at United, but there's a notion that he will enjoy a far more prominent time under Mourinho's guidance. 

To the surprise of many, the Portuguese tactician opted to hand Memphis a place up front against Dortmund, but it's fair to say that it didn't pay off. 

Memphis was more often than not left isolated and rarely managed to get involved in the play. It was a difficult game for him, but that didn't stop United fans documenting their feelings. 

United fans: do you expect Mourinho to keep these five players? Have your say below! 

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