Manchester United had a night to forget. Their City rivals were on top of their game from the very first minute. It took them just 7 minutes to open the scoring as Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored hattricks. Erik Ten Hag was left disappointed and humiliated by Pep’s men.
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City were 4-0 up at half-time, and despite a 6-3 scoreline at the end, United were nowhere near City’s level. Antony’s stunner was United’s only positive, as City beat them in every single aspect.
“It’s quite simple, it’s a lack of belief. When you don’t believe on the pitch then you can’t win games, that is unacceptable,” Ten Hag told BBC Match of the Day when asked to assess his side’s performance. “We get undisciplined at following rules and you get hammered, that’s happened today. For me it was a surprise. We were not on the front foot, we were not brave on the ball and there were spaces to play but we were not brave enough.”
“All the credit to City, but it’s nothing to do with City, our performance was not good. It had to do with the belief as individuals and as team. From the first minute I felt it and at half-time, we changed things and we changed attitude.”
“We saw a different Manchester United after half-time and we scored goals, we created some more. On the ball we were more brave, we came in the opponent’s half and we scored three goals. In this moment I can’t think about positives. We let our fans down, we let ourselves down and we’re hugely disappointed.”
This is the second time United have conceded 4 or more goals in a game, with the first time being against Brentford. Ten Hag has a massive job on his hands, and Pep’s men made sure everyone is aware of it.