Bastian Schweinsteiger says Manchester United defeat “not a surprise”

Bastian Schweinsteiger has described Manchester United‘s historic 5-0 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford as “not a surprise” – and says there is a “huge” difference between the two sides.

United were 4-0 down going into half-time after a series of defensive and organisational errors – and some ruthless attacking play from Liverpool.

They were booed off by sections of supporters going into the interval, and things didn’t get any better in the second half. Mohamed Salah added what was his third goal of the afternoon on 49 minutes to make it 5-0, before Paul Pogba was sent off for a high tackle on Naby Keita, who had earlier opened the scoring.

The result puts further pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said in his post-match interview that it was his “darkest day” as the club’s boss.

Schweinsteiger – who played for the Red Devils between 2015 and 2017 – was summarising pre-game for BBC Radio 5 Live.

He said: “In my eyes, when I watch the games of Manchester United, I don’t know how they play. I cannot tell you that they will win against West Ham, or they will win against Atalanta.”

“I can’t guarantee a victory and that’s the thing – as a United fan, you want to know, ‘Can I win? Are we able to win?’ They keep talking about time, but you don’t have time in football. You have to do it right now.”

He later took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the defeat.

The former Germany captain wrote: “A devastating day for all Manchester United supporters and the club but it didn’t come out of nowhere. It was not a surprise.”

“Liverpool showed them the difference, which is huge – having a philosophy & vision. Congrats, Liverpool FC. Hopefully Manchester United will get back very soon.”

United are next in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur.

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