Simon Jordan gave Scott McTominay a dressing down for ‘giving it the biggen’ at the boxing on Saturday night.
The Manchester United star was in attendance for Tyson Fury’s impressive victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, hours after featuring in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal earlier that day.
Speaking post-match, McTominay gave a rather honest assessment of the state of the club. “There are a whole lot of problems in terms of players, staff, everything higher up.
“We need to concentrate on what’s happening on the pitch. It’s self-pride when we’re on the pitch. We don’t need to worry about who’s saying what. It’s pride when you go on the pitch, give your best, everyone.”
However, the 25-year-old caught the eye that evening after being spotted ringside at Wembley Stadium.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy discussed his attendance at the world heavyweight title fight with hosts Jim White and Simon Jordan, who were also there.
“When things aren’t going collectively and individually, the last thing you want is to be seen as a public event, not giving it the biggen, but…” before Jordan interrupted, saying: “He was.
“I told him at the end of it ‘how about you get back to Manchester and pull your finger out for the rest of the season with your slobby little teammates and try to make something out of a very disappointing season because it’s not good enough’.
“There’s a balance between them having a private life and a public life, but with the benefit of all of the privileges that football brings them, there are moments in time when you keep out of the way.
“People like Jesse Lingard running around and telling people how much of a mess the dressing room is, and McTominay saying the same thing, well you’re in that dressing room, you’re part of the mix. He was saying the same thing.”
While United’s poor form can no doubt be put down to the individual performances of certain players, Murphy believes that questions must be asked of the work being done by Ralf Rangnick’s team on the training ground.
He said: “If you look at Manchester United, there’s a lack of quality compared to the top two or three.
“Physicality is a big problem. That’s not players being unable to do it, they’ve just not been physically trained correctly.
“They struggle to compete physically with teams. They don’t have that ability to be able to go 90 minutes, but there is where Rangnick needs to be held to account.
“Sometimes you come in in the middle of the season and you can’t do too much about a team’s physicality, but we talk about repercussions for performance, and you don’t see any anger from him or passion. What’s he saying to them in the dressing room? What is he doing on the training pitch?”
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