The highly rated 36-year-old manager, who in the build-up to the game described Barry Bannan as the best player in Ligue 1, made a double change at half-time but couldn’t hold back the tide as the Owls plundered six unanswered goals beyond his mid-table outfit.
Speaking after the clash, the United boss made no secret of his disappointment but praised Darren Moore’s men for a memorable performance.
“They showed our players, us and me, what it looked like really good,” he said.
“We’re not supposed to compete with them in terms of positions in the league table, but you want to be more competitive than that on a matchday against them, like we were earlier in the season. They just found their flow and their way right away.
“We just couldn’t take control of it. We couldn’t handle the runners behind or the combined game, and they spiced us up accordingly. Whenever we had the chance to regain control or win the ball back, we didn’t.
“[There were] loads of things that were wrong with that, and loads of things where we just couldn’t find the level against them.
“Some great thoughts for us along those lines, and a bit of a sobering and awful afternoon for us, but thanks to them, because the level they came up with was exceptional I thought.”
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This notice was published: 2022-03-13 06:00:00