The Red Devils were embarrassed by Spurs at Old Trafford as they were torn apart by Jose Mourinho’s men, despite taking the lead within two minutes.
Anthony Martial was shown a red card for a petulant swipe at Erik Lamela with the score at 2-1, which certainly didn’t help the home side’s cause, but Souness thinks it could, and probably should, have been worse for them.
Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw could also all have been sent off, according to the Scot, who feels the whole side lost their discipline in the remarkable contest.
‘Let me point this out, it could have been so much worse for United today, you know why?’ Souness told Sky Sports.
‘In my opinion, I think Bailly should have gone for his stamp on [Harry] Kane.
‘I think Pogba should have gone for his over the ball [challenge] on [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg.
‘That’s how bad they were. The discipline had gone. You think, “that’s me having a go, that’s showing a bit of passion for the shirt”? No it’s not.
‘I think Gary [Neville] said [during commentary], it’s all too late. You show that in the first minute where you’re going to win every single challenge you go in for, you’re going to boss the guy you’re up against.’
The Liverpool legend feels there is a serious mentality problem at Manchester United, with the players unable to compete at a level they should on a regular basis.
‘When I played for Liverpool we were the best team, Man United always had a really good group of players, we never had an easy game, but see the games in between, they could never get themselves up to a level where they could beat the rest of them, but they could give us a really good game,’ he said.
‘That’s where they are now, that’s where they are. Man United are a group of players who can’t get themselves to where they need to win against everybody.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took responsibility for the performance after the contest, saying: ‘It’s very embarrassing, it hurt all the players. It hurts me as the manager. It’s my worst day ever.
‘I’ll hold my hands up, I’m responsible for this.’