Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at Erik Lamela for his role in Anthony Martial’s sending off during Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat against Tottenham.
United were torn to shreds by Spurs at Old Trafford, conceding four goals in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time in their history.
Martial’s sending off while the hosts were trailing 2-1 proved a pivotal turning point in the game, with Jose Mourinho’s side going on to score another four goals.
The Frenchman was shown a red card after appearing to slap Lamela, who threw himself to the ground when he felt contact.
And Solskjaer has blasted the Spurs ace for helping to get Martial sent off on the day, sarcastically suggesting he “must be having an operation” on the injury.
“There's no excuse. He must be having an operation the boy [Lamela] on his throat,” the United manager said in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
“Bad reaction by Anthony but it's no excuse. The game's not lost there and then. We were in the game by then and if that was one of my players I would absolutely hang him up to dry because you don't go down like that.
“If Ant had gone down it would have gone the other way.
“He shouldn't react like that.”
United appeared vulnerable before Martial’s sending off, falling 2-1 behind after seven minutes despite initially taking the lead through Bruno Fernandes.
It was an alarming performance from the Red Devils, who find themselves down in 16th place.
Solskjaer also told BBC Sport: “It is the worst day of my career as Manchester United manager and the worst day for all of them as United players.
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“It is not the worst day in Manchester United history, we have bounced back before.
“To explain now is quite difficult. We have been beaten 6-1 at home by a very good side but we have contributed a lot to our own downfall.”
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