Paul Merson hits out at Man United players after Liverpool FC draw
Paul Merson hits out at Man United's players for not producing higher level performances more often this season
Paul Merson has criticised Manchester United’s players in the wake of their performance in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool FC on Sunday.
The Red Devils produced a resilient and improved performance against the Reds at Anfield as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put their stuttering form behind them and impressed in front of their home fans.
Marcus Rashford fired the home side into the lead in the first half, but the Red Devils were pegged back in the closing stages when substitute Adam Lallana netted a late equaliser.
Despite the disappointment of conceding a late goal, there was a general appreciation for Manchester United’s improved performance against the Merseyside outfit.
Former Arsenal star Merson was impressed by Manchester United’s performance but questioned why the Red Devils players cannot give the same amount of effort every week.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “It was always going to be the case that United showed up against Liverpool.
“It’s Liverpool so the fans are up for it and they give the players a lift. Suddenly, the players have got plenty of air in their lungs and it’s frustrating.
“Why can’t they do that every week? All the fans ask for is energy. Skill-wise, talent-wise, everybody knows that some days that doesn’t happen, but what you can’t have is no effort.
“All the fans, up and down the country, all they want is their team to show signs of effort because that’s the one thing the fan sitting behind the goal would give if he got the chance to play for United or Liverpool or Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or any club. They would give 100 per cent.
“So why can’t they perform like they did on Sunday every week? Only the players know the answer to that.”
Manchester United are in Europa League action on Thursday night when they take on Partizan Belgrade.
They will then attempt to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Norwich City away from home on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester United’s main aim is to break back into the top four this season, but they currently find themselves down in 14th place and just two points above the relegation zone.