Erik ten Hag reveals how Liverpool defeat differs from Brentford loss

  • Erik ten Hag outlines how the Brentford loss is different from Liverpool defeat.

Erik ten Hag reveals how Liverpool defeat differs from Brentford loss
Erik ten Hag reveals how Liverpool defeat differs from Brentford loss

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has emphasized that his team’s shocking 7-0 loss to Liverpool was not comparable to the 4-0 loss to Brentford earlier in the season.

Until United’s disastrous loss at Anfield on Sunday, Ten Hag had presided over a marked improvement in play from the team’s thrashing by Brentford in his second game in charge.

Ten Hag claimed that the two outcomes spoke different tales despite the fact that there were apparent worries about United’s road performance and resilience to defeats.

“The result is quite obvious,” Ten Hag said. “It’s unprofessional.

“But I think it’s a huge difference from Brentford. We were 4-0 down at half-time, so we started the game very bad. Today, first half, I think we were the better team. First half, we created the better chances and we had two one-on-ones with the goalie and they hadn’t.


“Then before half-time we make one mistake [in terms of] organisation and we concede a goal, so I think we were in the game. So, it was really a surprise for me that after half-time we so quickly gave the game away.

“First two goals, two defensive transition moments. First was a turnover, second was a counter. We make such bad decisions, a matter of decisions on the ball. That was with the first one obviously but then how we anticipate, how we concede that goal is really annoying.

“Then the third was a counter, also so unprofessional about decisions, not following in, then running in, moving forward, giving the space away in the back end of midfield, not tracking back. And especially that one, not tracking back.

“Then it’s 3-0, then the game’s lost. Then as a team you have to stick together and that is what we didn’t do and that was a surprise for me. I haven’t seen this from my team I don’t think it’s us. I don’t think it’s Manchester United, so that’s really bad and poor.”

With their 11-game winning streak now broken, United will need to rebound quickly as they get ready to play Real Betis in the opening leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday at Old Trafford.


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