Manchester United and West Ham managers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David Moyes have been told to ‘apologise’ after serving up a ‘disgraceful game of football’ in the FA Cup fifth round.
United laboured to a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night thanks to an extra-time strike from late substitute Scott McTominay, who sent the Red Devils through to the quarter-finals.
It turned out to be an upsetting West Ham debut for Odubeko right)Getty Images – Getty
But the public were forced to sit through a dull and lifeless game for 90 minutes before the match came to any resemblance of life, with the match broadcast for free on BBC.
Going to extra-time meant the tie overran its original time slot on BBC One, which saw Mrs Brown’s Boys cancelled – a cause of celebration for many who thanked Solskjaer and Moyes for their ‘selfless act’ to spare them from watching it immediately afterwards.
But Adrian Durham actually said he would have preferred to watch that insufferable excuse for a sitcom instead, as the game was that bad!
The talkSPORT host says United and West Ham had the opportunity to lift the public’s spirits with a rip-roaring game of entertaining football, with both enjoying a good run of form and decent campaigns in the Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose to give Donny van de Beek a run out instead of Bruno Fernandes against West Ham, but the hapless Dutchman was eventually replaced by the United talisman in the second-half anyway after a poor performanceGetty Images – Getty
But with the likes of United stars Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and West Ham talisman Michail Antonio all left out of the starting line-ups, no-nonsense Durham insists the managers are to blame for the dross their teams produced.
“That was a truly awful game of football at Old Trafford last night, it was a disgrace,” said the Drivetime host.
“Just when football fans needed a lift, just when the country needed a lift, a football game with two top teams free to air on TV and they serve up that rubbish!
“It’s a tough time for people, we’ve been in lockdown for nearly a year on and off, and not everyone can afford Sky and BT Sport, so you get two top Premier League teams who are having good seasons on terrestrial TV, and it’s an absolute mess.
“And why? Because the managers didn’t pick their best players, they didn’t really go out there to entertain anybody.
“What I would have loved to have seen is both managers get together and say: ‘This is free to air on TV and football needs a lift, people need a lift, fans have had enough of VAR and not being able to go to games, so let’s give something back, really entertain the public and send out two sides that are going to go for it’.
“Instead, we got an absolute mess of a football match, it was garbage, basically because all these best players were left out .
“Think of the kids not being able to see their mates and family as they want to, they might be West Ham and Man United fans who thought, ‘I can get to see the game, I might even get the chance to stay up late and watch it’, and they see that!
McTominay netted the only goal of the game seven minutes into extra-timeGETTY
“Fernandes isn’t even starting, Antonio isn’t even starting, Cavani was left out, Benrahma on the bench… it’s wasted time!
“These two clubs should really apologise, they let everybody down with that.”
And former Premier League star Gabriel Agbonlahor agreed, saying he didn’t even finish watching the game as he was so bored.
He told Adrian on Wednesday evening: “I actually turned over, I put a soap on! Even the pundits were laughing how bad it was.
“Yes, not all the best players were started, but there were still great players out there who should have done more.
“It had the feeling of an end of season friendly, it didn’t feel like an FA Cup game with a chance to get to the quarter-finals.
“It’s one of those games you half regret staying up to watch. As a kid, you would have wished you went to sleep at half-time!”
“I think football sometimes loses sight of what’s really important, and that is that it’s meant to be entertainment,” added Durham.
Do you agree?