Pundits and famous fans react to United's Burnley loss

Manchester United put in an abject performance last night lost 2-0 at home to Burnley last night.

It felt like a big moment in the season; fans chanting against the owners and walking out early and United’s lack of ideas, quality and depth exposed in plain sight.

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Pundits and famous fans alike had plenty to say about the result, which was arguably a new low in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.


George Galloway and Stormzy are famous for very different reasons but are both fans of United and both had a different take on events.

Galloway, like many fans who were in the ground last night, focused his ire towards the boardroom and called for fans to unite for change.

Stormzy’s analysis was more succinct and summed up the growing sense that Solskjaer is way out of his depth.

British Olympic champion Greg Rutherford hit out at the board.

Rio Ferdinand was covering the game for BT Sport and did not hold back at full time.

He took aim at the recruitment side of the club, the feeling around the place and also Harry Maguire’s attempt to stop Chris Wood opening the scoring.

Ferdinand was one of Solskjaer’s most vocal backers during his interim spell and used to play with the Norwegian but even he couldn’t mask what a poor night it had been.

Gary Neville retweeted the below tweet but did not tweet any analysis of his own.

But his brother Phil was on Match of the Day and defended Solskjaer – saying he should keep his job – and agreed with Gary Lineker about United fans being ‘entitled’.


Andy Goldstein his view to TalkSport, stating that the owners have nine days to save the club and called for up to five new arrivals before the transfer window slams shut.


Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist a dig over United’s botched, protracted attempts to sign Bruno Fernandes, after his Tottenham side beat Norwich 2-1 to go level on points with United.

And finally, on BeIn Sports, Jason McAteer found a way to make it Paul Pogba’s fault. He has many flaws, but the Frenchman wasn’t even playing last night…

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.