Former Manchester United assistant coach, Steve McClaren, believes the club has struggled this season because of poor work rate.
United have struggled with consistency this season, failing to win any of their home matches so far, and currently lie 14th, after seven matches.
According to McClaren, the players haven’t shown enough desire to win the ball back high up the pitch when they lose it, and that has contributed to their poor form.
Speaking recently on talkSPORT Breakfast, he opined, “I’ve seen them a lot this season and, for me, it’s all about work rate. Not on the ball, they’ve got that, but off the ball. Win the ball back quickly.
“Talk about the back four being exposed, why do they get exposed? Because they are not working hard enough in front. It starts at the front, in terms of winning the ball back.
“You look at Liverpool and Man City and the intensity of the game from the front to the back. I think that was the key.
“[Scott] McTominay and Fred, when they’ve played in there and protected the back four, especially the two centre-backs who have been exposed. They are exposed against top quality players and conceded goals.
“It was attitude, work rate and determination, and all 11 players were willing to work for the shirt.
“They are all fighting against the world after the last two results before Saturday. It’s good; it’s a siege mentality and a bit of anger, passion and emotion.
“To be fair it’s what you want to see, and what supporters want to see. Seeing that after the game.
“The key now is to have a breather and have a break, and come back from the internationals fit. And start playing consistently like that and win games consistently.”