Patrice Evra and Graeme Souness both laid into Manchester United defender Luke Shaw for his involvement in Andros Townsend’s opening goal during the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
United endured a nightmare start to their Premier League season as Roy Hodgson’s Palace ran riot at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
The south London side got off to flyer when winger Townsend poked them home from close range.
The Englishman managed to get the ball at the back post despite being behind Shaw, who was caught napping.
And at the half-time break both Souness and Evra in the Sky Sports studio slammed Shaw for not giving everything to prevent Townsend from getting the ball.
“That has to be the priority. Look at this, he’s gone too deep, now he tries to get back in line with the rest of his defenders.
“He has one look over his right shoulder, then another look, and he just doesn’t… he does sense Townsend there, but he’s got to think worst case scenario. What he’s got to do in that instance is think the very worst [will happen].
“He’s got to think that Lindelof doesn’t do his job, that there’ll be a perfect cross for Townsend coming in, and he should have sprinting at him instead of three-quarter pace.”
He then gestured to Evra across the table, and said: “We’ve got an expert here.”
The Frenchman then continued to rile Shaw, insisting that the 25-year-old has lost a yard of pace due to injuries.
“It was laziness from Shaw. He's guessing… and he's got to sprint back to be in line with Lindelof,” said Evra.
“Shaw has been injured so he doesn't have the same speed but he has to adapt his game. He's not as fast as he used to be.”
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Wilfried Zaha doubled Palace’s lead with just 15 minutes left to play with a highly controversial penalty, but Donny van de Beek got one back on the 80 minute mark.
However, stand-in skipper Zaha put the game beyond doubt five minutes from time with a fine finish.
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