Raphael Varane berated his Manchester United teammates after they snubbed their fans at Anfield after the disappointing defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening.
United suffered a humiliating afternoon at the hands of the Reds, with Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez all scoring twice, while Firmino struck in the closing stages to seal Liverpool’s superb second half.
After the final whistle, as both sets of players were shaking hands, Varane was furious with some of his United teammates for going straight down the tunnel.
Garnacho and Antony Elanga were the two players who failed to acknowledge United’s supporters before a furious Varane pointed and instructed them to walk over to the away section.
Tyrell Malacia also went straight to the tunnel and didn’t appear to hear Varane’s shout, while Rashford, who was was on the bench after coming off, also failed to acknowledge United’s fans and went straight down the tunnel after the full-time whistle.
Speaking after Manchester United’s defeat, Ten Hag branded his team’s display against Liverpool as ‘unprofessional’.
‘I think we played a decent first half. One mistake in organisation just before half-time,’ Ten Hag told BBC Sport.
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‘Second half it was just not us. It was not our standards. We didn’t play as a team. It was unprofessional.
‘I am surprised because I have seen the last weeks and months this team is resilient and has a winning attitude. Second half we didn’t have a winning attitude at all. We didn’t stick to the plan and we didn’t do our jobs.
‘We didn’t track back and it was really unprofessional. We have seen in the past we can bounce back. After Brentford, after Manchester City. This is definitely a strong setback and is unacceptable. I’m really disappointed and angry about it.
‘It is a reality check. We have to take this strong.’