Former Manchester United defender Darren Fletcher came across Victor Lindelof for his defense during the first half of the Carabao Cup game against Manchester City.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team followed their opponents 3-0 halfway through the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Goals by Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal by Andreas Pereira put Pep Guardiola’s team in control of cruising speed at Old Trafford before the break.
For the second City, scored by Mahrez after breaking United’s offside and rounded De Gea, Fletcher criticized Lindelof for the lack of defensive awareness in reading the danger after his initial mistake, after directing the ball straight Silva.
“This is a poor defense from Victor Lindelof. First of all, you are not playing against a Premier League striker, Riyad Mahrez,” he told Sky Sports halfway through.
“Not only is it not a good enough header, but his reaction, to go back, makes an effort to slip but probably does not help De Gea.
“This isn’t good enough, he has to move Mahrez away from there. Okay, it’s a bad header, but how’s your recovery? He’s going back, jogging and they’ve been punished.
“If you defend against Manchester City in this way you have no chance. The third goal is a great counterattack, but there are two or three defensive mistakes by Manchester United. If you do it against Manchester City, you will be punished.”