Ralf Rangnick apologized to Manchester United fans after saying his “terrible” team was “humiliated” in a 4-0 loss to Brighton.
Brighton crushed United at the Amex Stadium, ensuring the visitors complete the season with the fewest points in Premier League history.
Rangnick told Sky Sports that the performance was the worst of his career, “Yes, it was from the first to the last minute.
“We were second best. We can only apologise to the supporters. It was a terrible performance and a humiliating defeat.
“We gave them too much time, too much space. We couldn’t get into a position to stop them playing through our lines. The game plan was completely different. We told the players to be as compact as possible and then to release pressure on them. We couldn’t stop them.
“I don’t think the players ignored the game plan but they weren’t able to stop them. We gave them too much space and time. When you give technically good players this space, this is what can happen.
“In the second half we took the risk to bring on Cavani to play as a second striker, but in hindsight it was too much of a risk to play in a 4-4-2 against them but we had to change the energy. Today we were second best.
“As a team we didn’t defend at all. We couldn’t stop them.”
Manchester United fans packed the away end at the Amex, but their displeasure with the squad was clear after the fourth goal, with many yelling, “You’re not fit to wear the shirt.”
When asked about the chants, captain Bruno Fernandes agreed with the fans.
He stated to Sky Sports: “What we did, and by myself, was not enough to be in a Manchester United shirt. I accept that.”