Rio Ferdinand said Manchester United were "shocking" and "terrible" as they crashed out of the Champions League to Sevilla.
A brace from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder, who struck twice in six dramatic minutes after his introduction, set up a 2-1 victory in the second leg and on aggregate for the LaLiga side at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho told a post-match news conference he felt it was not a "bad" performance from United, but the club's former defender Ferdinand disagreed.
"They were terrible," Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
"I didn't see this result coming, especially after the game against Liverpool [United winning 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday], the way they played.
"They looked like a team thrown together, full of strangers. They played nervous and cautious from the beginning.
"In these games, you've got to go and take the game by the scruff of the neck. That takes personality, takes character in this stadium.
"You have to give the fans something to shout about. This stadium was quiet and that's down to the players on the pitch."
If ANYTHING pushed us to history at Old Trafford it's you— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) March 13, 2018
THANK YOU SEVILLISTAS pic.twitter.com/Gz5rqZkKl2
While few players other than goalscorer Romelu Lukaku emerged with credit from a humbling night for United, it was fellow forward Alexis Sanchez who Ferdinand picked out for criticism.
"Sanchez looks a shadow of the player he was," Ferdinand added of the Chile international.
"At Arsenal he was the player everyone looked to for inspiration. Here he looks like a stranger in this team.
"When you go to a [new] team and play, you don't lose all your talent. That's what it seems like at the moment. In some ways I feel sorry for him.
"You could name him and the whole XI. The whole XI today were shocking."
11 - José Mourinho has now lost 11 of his 26 Champions League matches against Spanish clubs (W6, D9). Falter. pic.twitter.com/EelL3Te3Df— OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) March 13, 2018
Ferdinand's former United team-mate Paul Scholes indicated further investment in an already expensively-assembled squad will not be the answer for Mourinho's men.
"They keep spending money, keep spending loads of money, and we keep saying they're three or four players away," Scholes said.
"At some point, have they got too much money that they're throwing it away?"
Ferdinand later added on Twitter: "If you don't turn up with the right attitude and don't apply yourself then you will get beat - don't care what you have done or how good you have been before.
"The way Manchester United set up at Old Trafford today to counter attack this Sevilla team [weakest Sevilla team for years btw] was baffling.
"But also the players are the ones who set the tempo too, far too slow and cautious in possession and so passive without it."
@ManUtd forward line should be scary to play against....the team ain’t set up at times to get the best out of them. Lukaku often isolated, wide men defending deep, team sits deep....in glimpses they scare— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 13, 2018
|NSW seal Origin series with comeback win|
|World Cup 2018: Stalin´s bunker, a space museum and Serbian specials in Samara|
|Croatia looking out for number one - Lovren|
|Heritage at back of Australian minds ahead of potential Croatia encounter|
|It may be my last World Cup - ´Realistic´ Pogba determined to reign in Russia|
|Lionel Messi´s birthday: What might the Barcelona star wish for?|
|Russia readying Dzagoev for last-16 clash|
|Germany apologised for reaction aimed at Sweden bench|
|Picture this! Sterling starts for England against Panama|
|World Cup 2018: A Russian romp, Maradona and the party in Moscow|
|Happy birthday, Lionel Messi! 10 of the Argentina star´s best goals|
|Modric worthy of Ballon d´Or, says Lovren|
|Sigurdsson ready for Croatia reunion as Iceland go for broke|
|Iceland v Croatia: Dalic to rest stars for Hallgrimsson divorce hearing|
|Men´s tennis will have to ´wake up´ after Federer and Nadal, says King|
|Tennis star Djokovic backs VAR despite Serbia controversy|
|Socceroos have deserved more at World Cup – Skoko|
|Dodgers top Mets in Kershaw´s return from DL|
|MLS Review: Red Bulls end Dallas´ unbeaten run, Sporting stage comeback|
|Hierro: This Spain team similar to 2010 World Cup champions|
|Dowrich, Holder lead Windies fightback after poor start|
|With Neymar back, Brazil are World Cup favourites – Lugano|
|Alba: I don´t understand the criticism of Messi|
|He has sacrificed a lot – Stuani praises Suarez|
|Manning says Brees deserves to break his record for career passing yards|
|Hornets want Walker to play entire career with Charlotte|
|Avalanche sign Grubauer to three-year extension|
|Argentina struggles down to team, not just Messi – Hierro|
|Casey leads Travelers by four after firing 62|
|Scotland run riot in Argentina as Hourcade tenure ends in defeat|
|Germany´s Rudy in doubt for South Korea clash|
|England produce storming fightback to beat New Zealand|
|Shaqiri, Xhaka facing disciplinary action over goal celebration|
|Kvitova takes WTA lead for wins by easing into Birmingham final|
|Jones: England back on road to being world´s best|
|Germany survive in Sochi but questions remain|
|Germany 2 Sweden 1: Late Kroos winner brings Low´s men back from the brink|
|Perisic dreaming of matching Croatia´s France 98 heroes|
|Veron questions Sampaoli for leaving Icardi out|
|Southgate won´t blame injured Alli for playing through pain barrier|
|Travelers Championship: Course invader drives Rory McIlroy and crowd nuts|
|Saul tells Atletico to renew Oblak deal after Griezmann´s new contract|
|Course invader sends McIlroy & crowd nuts at Travelers Championship|
|Saudi Arabia v Egypt: El Hadary eyes history in dead rubber|
|Referee declines Cheika invite after Australia´s series loss to Ireland|
|Griezmann, Mbappe can eclipse Henry, claims Trezeguet|
|Nawalka hopeful of Glik return against Colombia|
|Mexico outsmart South Korea to join Croatia as unheralded World Cup threats|
|´No drama´ for Southgate after England team sheet leak|
|Hend caught by five in Pulheim as Bjerregaard goes low|
|´Little Pea´ Hernandez hits big Mexico milestone in World Cup win|
|Modric and Rakitic the best midfield in Russia - Corluka|
|Cipriani and Farrell ease pressure on Jones as England avoid SA whitewash|
|South Korea 1 Mexico 2: Hernandez nets landmark goal as last 16 beckons|
|Ozil and Khedira axed by Germany|
|Djokovic plans to use two rackets against Cilic after reaching Queen´s final|
|World Cup of penalties? Russia surpasses Brazil after VAR introduction|
|Neymar ´fully recovered´ but Brazil coach Tite has thigh injury|
|Hansen claims France ´clutching at straws´ after another referee controversy|
|Douglas Costa, Danilo out of Brazil´s Serbia clash|
|Hamilton claims 75th pole as Mercedes dominate in France|
|´Mentally strong´ Salah will overcome World Cup disappointment, says Mane|
|Pekerman contemplating unleashing James and Quintero together|
|Schmidt hopes Australia furnace will produce Ireland diamonds|
|I´m missing practice, but it´s OK - Federer ready for Coric|
|Spain v Morocco: Alba makes case for the defence|
|Team-man Lukaku firmly in the race for individual prize|
|Belgium 5 Tunisia 2: Lukaku and Hazard shine as Red Devils run riot|
|Leaked England team gives Panama no advantage, insists Gomez|
|Mane and Senegal holding no fear for Japan|