Manchester United’s squad arrived at the Lowry Hotel ahead of tonight’s clash with Burnley, which has received some scathing criticism from Nigel de Jong.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire and Edinson Cavani were all seen hanging out at the Manchester Hotel as the Red Devils prepared to face the Clarets.
After several postponements due to Covid, United bounced back with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Monday.
This happened after they defeated Premier League bottom side Norwich in their last match earlier this month.
Now former Man City title winner de Jong has claimed that someone needs to crack down on some United players inside the dressing room after their disappointing performance.
He is adamant that the squad has no ‘one to put some players in their place’, as he pointed to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the captaincy.
Dutchman de Jong told Ladbrokes: “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is his club captain and he has experienced it firsthand; even though he was the captain, he violated protocol, and that means he is out the door.
“That’s something you don’t see at Manchester United.
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“Pep Guardiola recently did the same thing to Jack Grealish and Phil Foden; it’s a statement.
“It’s about getting everyone on the same page at the club, trying to achieve something as a team.
“It’s something I’m not getting from United at the moment; it doesn’t look like there’s anyone to put some players in their place.”
De Jong said: “Someone needs to step into this who isn’t afraid to say ‘You, I don’t want to see you for the next two weeks’. Go away and think about things. Whenever you feel like you’re back. Ready to come, then come back, but for now, I’m taking a young kid under 23 who is curious and hungry, and I’m giving him a chance.'”
Ex-United defender Gary Neville slammed United stars as ‘wingbags’ after a shocking first half at Newcastle.
And he also reprimanded Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes for failing to thank the traveling United fans who ran straight down the tunnel and faced the 150-mile journey home.
‘Whispering all the time’
Neville blasted: “It bothered me for about two months.
“Best players on your team, it’s devastating when they’re showing young people that look and body language. They have to help them.
“They have to be the father, the grandparent on the team.”
He said: “I made big mistakes at Man Utd, but I had great senior players who would walk up to me but put their hands around me – I think something is wrong.
“You can’t run away at the end of a game. Bruno is moaning all the time; he’s been a sensation for Man Utd.
“Two centre-backs were bad, Maguire is having a nightmare season.
“You have to be there when your teammates need you in those moments.
“At the end of the day, I love that guy” [Ronaldo], He is the best I have ever seen in my life, but don’t run away like that. I do not have this.”
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