Scott McTominay gives his verdict on Manchester United's 4-1 defeat to City
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has said it “hurts” that he and his teammates were accused of giving up against Manchester City.
Ralf Rangnick’s side were 2-1 down at half-time, but were still in the game going into the second 45 minutes.
But the Reds capitulated in the second half and showed next to no fight against Pep Guardiola’s side and the reigning Premier League champions won at a canter at the Etihad Stadium.
The nature of United’s surrender led to former United legends Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes hammering the Red Devils for a lack of fight and throwing in the towel.
McTominay was asked after the game by BBC Sport for his thoughts on the 4-1 loss and the attitude United showed in defeat.
The Scotland international said: “From my point of view, it is difficult to see what has gone on today.
“It is incredibly disappointing if people think that [giving up], it hurts.”
When asked whether the problems run deeper at United, the club’s number 39 responded: “I have nothing to say about that, I am here to keep everyone together.
“Whatever goes on behind the scenes is irrelevant to me.
“Just concentrate on your own game.”
Speaking on Sky Sports, a seething Roy Keane said: “The worst thing you can say about United is they gave up.
“For any player, in a derby game, in any game, to give up is unforgivable really.”
Speaking straight after the game about his side’s performance by BBC Sport, Rangnick gave an open and honest assessment in the evident gulf of class between the two sides.
Rangnick said: “We played a good, decent first half, were competitive. Second half from the very moment they scored the third it was very difficult game against the best team in the world on the ball.
“In the second half, they were the better team and showed their quality. We were struggling.
“Everybody knows how good Manchester City are, one of the top teams in the world.
“There is a gap and it became more obvious in the second half.”