‘Not accurate enough, not brave enough’ - Farke pulls no punches after City’s sorry 4-0 United rout
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Daniel Farke offered no excuses for Norwich City’s dire display in a 4-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United that kept them rooted to the bottom.
City had no answer to United's attacking verve, but did little to help their own cause with Tim Krul rashly hauling down Brandon Williams before Anthony Martial rose between a posse of Norwich defenders to make it 3-0 all inside two early second half minutes.
Farke admitted that was the killer phase of a one-sided defeat that left his squad seven points from safety, with all their relegation rivals having a game in hand.
"Yes, the better side won without a doubt. We have to accept that," he said. "Even in the first half Manchester United was better.
"You could feel they were desperate to give an answer after losing in the cup during the week. We were not accurate enough in our possession, or brave enough to press them a bit higher.
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"They put a lot of pressure on us. We had some decent chances before half-time to equalise. The best probably Todd Cantwell but it was a great save from the keeper.
"When you are just 1-0 down you have a chance to turn it. Then it is a game-defining period of conceding two quick goals.
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"An unnecessary penalty and then a quick cross, we are five against one in our own box, and to be 3-0 down against probably the best counter-attacking side in this league is difficult. Disappointed but the better side won today.
"No complaints (on the penalty). If Tim watched the scene back he would probably prefer to stay in the goal rather than come out. It is difficult once you have made that decision to go all in it is tough to step away.
"He was a bit too late and the United player was almost on the way to the byline. There wouldn't have been a chance.
"Tim has been great for us this season and we have to accept this can happen. I can't accuse him too much."