Erik ten Hag laments Manchester derby’s ‘lack of confidence’

Erik ten Hag laments Manchester derby’s ‘lack of confidence’

in Manchester When Manchester United lost to local rivals Manchester City 6-3 on Sunday, coach Erik ten Hag attributed the team’s poor performance on a lack of belief.

United had won four straight league games going into the derby match on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, including triumphs against Arsenal and Liverpool.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored three goals, but City won easily despite the fact that the margin of victory did not accurately represent the gap between the two former rivals.

Ten Hag said, “We lacked conviction from the beginning. “We had a great confidence in the previous five games, but tonight it was the opposite.

“We don’t play front foot defense and let them play. We were not courageous enough when in possession and we made blunders and poor judgments, which led to our punishment.

“Top-level football demands results; there are never any justifications allowed. However, it is expected that we may have setbacks along the way. Just use it as a lesson for us.”

Ten Hag also clarified why big-money transfer Casemiro was once again passed over for a starting position and why Anthony Martial, a substitute, rather than Cristiano Ronaldo, was the player he went to in the second half to attempt to bring United back in the game.

Ten Hag said, “I wouldn’t bring him (Ronaldo) in out of respect for his significant career. “Anthony Martial scored two goals and need the playing time.

“When we acquired him (Casemiro), our winning streak began. It has to do with the team, and the team was doing well.

“Although Scott McTominay has been doing a good job, I am certain Casemiro will be significant for us in the long run and end up on the squad in the near future. That will happen organically.”

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