Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag expressed his disappointment after his team’s humiliating 7-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. The result has effectively ended their title hopes and left the Dutchman searching for answers.
Speaking after the match, ten Hag praised the Liverpool team for their performance and thanked the fans who stayed until the end. He also took responsibility for the defeat, admitting that he was ashamed of the team’s performance.
Given the team’s recent resilience and winning attitude, Ten Hag expressed surprise at the nature of the result. He cited the lack of a winning attitude in the second half and a failure to stick to the game plan as reasons for the defeat.
“I am surprised because I have seen the last weeks and months this team is resilient and has a winning attitude. Second half we didn’t have a winning attitude at all. We didn’t stick to the plan and we didn’t do our jobs. This is not the Manchester United of the last weeks. A determined team with self reflection. I didn’t see it back today. I said what I had to say to the players. I am curious to their interpretation of the game. We didn’t track back and it was really unprofessional. We have seen in the past we can bounce back. After Brentford, after Manchester City. This is definitely a strong setback and is unacceptable. I’m really disappointed and angry about it.”Erik Ten Hag
The manager was also critical of the team’s professionalism, citing a failure to track back and describing the performance as unprofessional.
Despite the setback, ten Hag remains confident that his team can bounce back, as they have done in the past. The players will be motivated to perform better and put the Liverpool defeat behind them, as they have a crucial week ahead that includes a Round of 16 Europa League tie against Real Betis. Manchester United fans will be hoping their team can bounce back stronger from this setback and finish the season on a high note.