'I don't know how we can be so naive' - Tettey rages at City mistakes after 3-1 defeat to Manchester United

PUBLISHED: 13:17 28 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:59 28 October 2019

Alex Tettey has spoken critically of his team-mates after their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Tettey has spoken critically of his team-mates after their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Alex Tettey has accused his Norwich City team-mates of naivety during the Canaries' 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Alex Tettey has accused his Norwich City team-mates of naivety during the Canaries' 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Whilst injuries continue to plague City's defensive set-up the Norwegian was less than impressed at the manner United were able to cruise into a 3-0 lead at Carrow Road before Onel Hernandez netted a late consolation.

Tettey, who captained the City side against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, felt Rashford's goal on the half-hour mark was unforgivable as Max Aarons was caught too far forward, affording the United striker the time he needed to finish past Tim Krul.

"I was shocked. I don't know how we can be so naive and give away so much space. That should not happen," Tettey told Norwegian newspaper, VG.

"We have a right-back who is in no man's land, we have one centre-back that is higher than the other, and he does not know where the attacker is.

"I should not be too strict, but I think we make 'junior football mistakes'."

City could consider themselves fortunate not to be further behind after VAR controversially overturned decisions to award United two penalties.

Tettey also had his say on technology in football, stating he was against its use.

"It was a bit strange. The referee tells me there was no penalty. I told him there was no punishment. James told our keeper that there should be no penalty.

"However, then we get someone who sits somewhere and says they are penalties. I don't think so.

"I was really p***** off throughout the game. First and foremost, we do some things that are really weird and then you have this VAR stuff that makes you have to wait.

"You play the game, you have adrenaline from before, you don't need more things to create excitement.

"What is it about? Just decide it so the game can move on. How can they determine that they are penalties? If the referee sees it clearly, can't he decide? Who knows."

The defeat leaves the Canaries sitting 19th in the table, with two important fixtures with Brighton and Watford to come before November's international break.

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