Kleberson can't remember a loss as bad as Manchester United's 4-0 defeat to Brighton and says Sir Alex Ferguson would have ripped into his dressing room had he been in charge.
United suffered one of their most embarrassing defeats of the Premier League era on Saturday evening as Graham Potter's Brighton dished out a seaside walloping at the Amex Stadium.
Moises Caicedo opened the scoring after 15 minutes, but the real damage was done early in the second half when Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard all scored in a devastating 11 minute spell for the hosts.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick looked powerless in his technical area as he watched this latest disaster unfold. Even though such a one-sided scoreline would have been unthinkable during the days of Fergie, you can be sure that the legendary Scotsman would have given his side both barrels and another one for luck had he been in charge.
Speaking to Paddy Power, United icon Kleberson revealed how Sir Alex would have dealt with the club's Brighton flops. "Under Sir Alex Ferguson, if a team dominated us and stopped us from creating any chances, he wouldn’t come in and speak in a nice voice saying, ‘oh come one boys, we need to do better,'" he said.
"He would come in and have a lot of strong words with everyone in the dressing room and tell us to do a much better job." How United could have done with that at the weekend as their Champions League aspirations went up in a puff of blue and white smoke.
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Kleberson spent two seasons at Old Trafford from 2003 to 2005, but he can't recall a scoreline quite as disastrous as the one that befell the Red Devils at the Amex on Saturday.
"When I was at United, I don’t remember a loss as bad as this but there were times we saw Sir Alex Ferguson very angry in the changing room, asking strong questions of players," he added.
In truth, United were lucky to get away with only a 4-0 mauling. Brighton missed a glut of good chances to stick the boot into Rangnick's flops even more as the Seagulls recorded only their second home win since September.
Quite what incoming boss Erik ten Hag made of his future club's stunning incompetence on the south coast is anyone's guess.
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