Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson has blamed Manchester United players for the sack of manager, Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was dismissed by United on Tuesday following the club’s poor form this season.

The Portuguese gaffer was sacked after the Red Devils were defeated 3-1 by Liverpool in the Premier League encounter at Anfield.

But, reacting to the sack of Mourinho, Merson stated that the Red Devils’ players were responsible, labelling them “embarrassing”.

“They [Man United players] had the best manager in the world and none of them wanted to run around,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I feel sorry for the boys. “He’s a serial winner – Jose Mourinho is that good, although he has lost his way a bit. Those players should have worked their socks off for him.

“They went to Valencia with no pressure on them….they had one shot in the first half. Valencia made eight changes. It was embarrassing. How United players can go out this weekend and run around like maniacs against Cardiff is embarrassing.

“Where’s their professional pride? “They are Manchester United and they are hovering around eighth or ninth place in the league. What are they doing? It’s always the manager. What? Has he shouted at a few people? That’s the name of the game.

“They are playing for the biggest club in the world. They should be running around like maniacs every week. You watch them at Cardiff… they’ll have to wash their shirts this week.”

Man United will now tackle Cardiff City on Saturday in the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford.

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