As Manchester United reserves lost 0-2 to Southampton counterparts, coach Warren Joyce has launched scathing attack on his players, seriously questioning their commitment.
As Joe Riley deflected a Josh Sims shot and Jack Stephens headed a corner, the Red Devils lost to the Saints in their reserves’ match, prompting coach Joyce to brand his players ‘deluded’ and ambition-less. The coach, being quite damning on the Under-23 players, said that he was ’embarrassed’ by them.
Renowned for nurturing and having an eye for young talents, Joyce was appointed Reserves’ full time coach back in 2010. Since he has superintended the buildout of umpteen players with internationals James Chester and Craig Cathcart of Euro 2016 fame, the highly-rated Burnley defender Michael Keane, Leiceter City’s title-winners Danny Drinkwater and Simpson and a certain Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard being the most distinguished ones.
In post match interview with MUTV, infuriated Joyce said: “I certainly thought we didn’t look like we had a method to our play, with and without the ball.”
“We looked like a group of individuals just thrown together, but that can be too easy, because you can still have a desire and still have a passion to play for Manchester United.”
“It’s not the first time that I’ve actually said to this group straight after the game ‘You’re actually embarrassed – the way we’ve played,’ it’s probably the third time in the pre-season games.”
“So it’s a situation where it’s not an automatic thing at this place that players just go on and be successful, as they have been in the last few years, where if they’re not good enough to play for Manchester United they drift into leagues and have successful careers.”
“This group are almost deluded really, as to where they’re at. And there is certainly a lot of hard work to be put in during the coming season to keep our head above water, really.”
“You want your team to have the personality of yourself, so that’s why it’s frustrating for myself really,” Joyce added. “I think I’ve got a little bit more ambition than some of them they have for them to have successful careers.”
“There’s one or two who have been in and around the group, while not necessarily in the team, for a while now, and they’ve got to look at the players that have gone in the past and what they’ve had and what they’ve given and what they’ve done, and how much desire and drive they have to play for the club and try to play for the first-team.”
“There’s no shame in not quite being good enough to play for Manchester United but you can’t be deluded and think you’re further along than you are as well. We were second best by a long way.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger did not feature and with the departures of Ashley Fletcher and James Wilson on loan, the reserves team was really weak. But probably the tongue lashing of Joyce would egg the young ones on.