sport news Micah Richards rips into 'naive' Manchester Utd as Darren Fletcher admits they ...

Darren Fletcher and Micah Richards have put the boot into after their hapless display in the humiliating 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against arch-rivals City. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were outclassed in every department as City threatened to run riot at Old Trafford before a slightly improved second-half performance saw Marcus Rashford score to keep a glimmer of hope alive for United.

This was a night to forget for United as the brilliant Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez tore them to shreds in an irresistible opening 45 minutes from City, who now have one foot in the final. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United were outclassed by their noisy neighbours City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's were outclassed by their noisy neighbours City

City have effectively put on foot in the Carabao Cup final after beating United 3-1 in first leg

City have effectively put on foot in the Carabao Cup final after beating United 3-1 in first leg

Darren Fletcher (L) and Micah Richards (R) accused United of being naive in Tuesday's loss

Darren Fletcher (L) and Micah Richards (R) accused United of being naive in Tuesday's loss

If it weren't for City easing up after the break, and some wasteful finishing in the first half the result could have been even more damaging. 

Silva first scored a belter, cutting in on to his left to unleash an unstoppable shot into the top corner. It was poor from United, who afforded the Portugal star way too much room.

Silva turned provider for the second, slotting in Riyad Mahrez to round David de Gea and tap home. City's third came when a save from De Gea cannoned in off Andreas Pereira's knee.

Although this ultimately came down to quality, Richards and Fletcher, the former in particular, felt United's desire to compete for the ball left a lot to be desired.

Richards told Sky Sports: 'Put in a tackle. If things are not going right, especially in a derby. When we used to play, we were the underdogs. We knew if we got in your faces we would make it hard for you. 

'It is almost like when City went two, three up, they gave up a little bit, yes half-time changed it a bit.

'As a footballer, make a few tackles, especially in a derby. I think United accepted defeat, yeah they got a goal back but it was a consolation. In the league, they dropped off, forced City to come to them and hit them on the counter attack.

'They got overexcited with that result in the league and underestimated how good a team City are. City won the league twice in a row and you have to respect that. 

Bernardo Silva scored a stunning long-ranged strike to put City into the lead at Old Trafford

Bernardo Silva scored a stunning long-ranged strike to put City into the lead at Old Trafford

Riyad Mahrez scored a second after United's defence was ripped open by a fast counter attack

Riyad Mahrez scored a second after United's defence was ripped open by a fast counter attack

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