Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag didn’t hold words back when his side lost 6-3 to city rivals to Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.
According to him, his side’s display was “unacceptable,” adding that the team and individual players could expect criticism at Carrington in the days to come.
Below you can read the manager’s main comments from his post-match interviews, as well as watching his conversation with MUTV.
AN UNEXPECTED PERFORMANCE
“I am very disappointed, especially at the lack of belief. I didn’t expect it. In the [previous] games, yes some weeks ago, our team was confident, there was a good spirit, there was a good vibe and today we didn’t bring it on the pitch from the first minute at all. The vibe hasn’t gone [definitively] but today they didn’t bring the belief on the pitch. It is possible to play and we didn’t. On the ball we gave easy balls away. We made many wrong decisions and out of possession, we didn’t go on the front foot. I always expect my team [to go on the front foot] but today, they didn’t do that.”
ASSESSING WHY IT HAPPENED
“It’s always difficult to find out, especially straight after the game. I have to talk to my players, I have to find out. They know they [can do] better – see the performances against Arsenal and Liverpool – but if you don’t fight, like we didn’t, then you have a problem against a team like Man City. When you don’t concentrate against a team like Man City you get hammered, that’s what happened.”
A STATUS CHECK
“I think it’s good that a team like City gives you the status where you are in this moment. It’s clear we did well against top teams like Liverpool and Arsenal, when we were disciplined and we followed the rules and principles, we had belief to play and we were on the front foot defending. Then you can bring a good performance and that can bring a result. When you don’t, when you are not front foot, when you are not brave to play, you get the result as today.”
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LESSON TO BE LEARNED
“I will show the team tomorrow that we could have been on the front foot. When you see the first goal, we win the ball and in the moment of winning the ball, we could have created a great chance. But then we take the wrong decisions in transition on the left side and all of a sudden we don’t follow the rules, we’re undisciplined and we’re 1-0 down. That cannot happen and it is unacceptable. I will show the team that I am sure that they can do that better.”