By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Graeme Souness was scathing in his criticism of Arsenal after their 3-2 defeat to an inexperienced Manchester United team on Sunday.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle manager claimed the Gunners were on the verge of being “a joke” for failing to take advantage of an injury-ravaged and struggling United team.

Arsenal were the favourites going into the Premier League clash at Old Trafford but an early double by 18-year-old debutant Marcus Rashford put the home side 2-0 up.

Danny Welbeck pulled one back for the visitors shortly before half-time but Ander Herrera made it 3-1 before Mesut Ozil’s volley set up a grandstand finish.

But Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to pull level to end the weekend five points behind leaders Leicester, as well as three adrift of second-placed Tottenham.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the Gunners’ second defeat of the week, Souness said:  “Arsenal border on being a joke. I thought today they’d come here with an opportunity to put a marker on wall and say, ‘we’re back in this race’.

“And they’ve come here today, and they’ve been so insipid. They’ve been so weak and pussy-footed. All they’ve done is say to the opposition, ‘this team can be rolled over’. If I were an Arsenal supporter, I’d be so angry.”