Jamie O’Hara accused Kevin De Bruyne and David de Gea of being too ‘nice’ during the Manchester derby as he took aim at players not understanding what it means to play in a derby fixture nowadays.
In the wake of a highly entertaining weekend of football, which featured both the Manchester and North London derbies, O’Hara was not happy to see the friendliness between opposition players during the games and took to talkSPORT to vent his frustrations.
“I was horrible when I played in (derbies), don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, I’d go out on the pitch and I’m thinking, if someone’s getting the better of me, I’m getting sent off,” the former Tottenham midfielder said.
“I’m watching De Gea and De Bruyne have a chat, I’m watching Spurs players pick Arsenal players up off the floor, and I’m looking at it thinking, where’s the horribleness?”
With regards to De Gea and De Bruyne, he brought up the fact that the two were having a conversation while going into the tunnel at half-time, when Manchester United were 4-0 down. Manchester City went on to win the game 6-3, with De Gea conceding six against City for the second time in his career, after the infamous 6-1 loss at Old Trafford in 2011.
O’Hara continued his brutally honest assessment of United: “I look at this Man United team, they’re walking in, and they’re probably just sat there looking around at each other, waiting for Ten Hag to say nothing.”
“If we’re getting beat, and we’re getting run all over, we’re fighting! We’re fighting in the dressing room!” O’Hara continued. “I don’t see that anymore in local derbies, and it’s really winding me up. I hate it now, the Premier League and how it’s gone, it’s too nice!”
A hat-trick each from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden helped City destroy United in the Manchester derby, with fingers being pointed at the players as well as the repeated question of their mentality and belief.
Erling Haaland was once again in stunning form to help City demolish UnitedIt was a game that United fans had hope for, following the club’s impressive upturn in results prior to the postponement of their last two Premier League fixtures, where they beat arch-rivals Liverpool and league leaders Arsenal.
Ultimately, the explosiveness and scintillating form of Man City new boy Erling Haaland was too much to handle, despite a screamer from Antony and two late goals from Anthony Martial giving the Reds a small consolation.