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fallout John O'Shea on Manchester United's derby day mauling as Marcus Rashford rumours grow

Former United players Roy Keane and Gary Neville both accused United's players of giving up in the latter stages of the game.

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Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Harry Maguire of Manchester United looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea has described Manchester United's second half performance in their derby day mauling at the hands of Manchester City as "strange", with the fall-out from the game rumbling on.

United collapsed in the second half at the Etihad Stadium, with the 4-1 defeat highlighting a huge gulf in class between the two sides and also exposing a lack of fighting spirit in the side managed for now by interim coach Ralf Rangnick.

Former United players Roy Keane and Gary Neville both accused United's players of giving up in the latter stages of the game, with their ex-teammate O'Shea giving his verdict on the game to the BBC.

"It was tough to watch but you hold your hands up sometimes when you see how good City were in the second half," said the Republic of Ireland great.

"Also, it was strange how United were able to compete in the first half so the difference in the two halves tells you where the two teams are at the moment.

"The third goal shouldn't do but it really deflated them (the United players), and then they think they're not going to get back in because City are playing so well whereas there was still time to think 'OK, if we nick one goal, even with a few minutes to go, we've got a chance of getting a draw' but City responded.

"Even though City were winning 2-1, they wouldn't have been happy with the chances that they let Manchester United create in the first half but they really stepped it up a level and Manchester United couldn't cope.

"Beforehand the news of Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani not being available forced the manager's hand in changing around something they have maybe been working on in the week.

"It had been working for a spell in the game but that's where you give credit to Manchester City at the moment. They are one of the best teams in the world at the minute and they showed it in the second half."

Meanwhile, the rumours suggesting United striker Marcus Rashford is considering his future at the club have been circulating for some time and now a report in The Guardian suggests he is ready to leave this summer.

Rashford was left on the bench by manager Rangnick for the match against City even though United were without first choice strikers Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.

Yet the indifferent form displayed by the England striker in recent months suggests he is not worthy of a place in United's starting line-up.

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