Ten Hag: The team lacked belief

Sunday 02 October 2022 17:34

Erik ten Hag pulled no punches when delivering his verdict on Manchester United's derby defeat to Manchester City.

The Dutchman described the display as "unacceptable" and said the team and individual players could expect criticism at Carrington in the days to come, as he and his coaching staff analyse how the Reds' four-match winning run came to a juddering holt.

Below you can read the manager's main comments from his post-match interviews, as well as watching his conversation with MUTV.

Ten Hag: This performance is unacceptable Video

Ten Hag: This performance is unacceptable

Erik ten Hag feels his side lacked the necessary belief to challenge City on Sunday…


"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." 

"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."


"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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"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."


"First, I had to change the attitude of the team. I think that was the reaction in the second half, we were more brave, we came into their half, we created chances, and we scored three goals."


"He [Anthony Martial] had a really good pre-season and I'm happy for him that he scored the goals. And also for Antony that he scored a goal [too]. And we had some more opportunities which we created. But in this moment I cannot express for the outside world the positives. We are highly disappointed for this result and that has to be the tone for this Sunday. We have to accept that but our performance is unacceptable."


"Just keep going. Analyse, be clear to the team. Only from mistakes, you learn and that is what we have to do. This performance is unacceptable. As a team and as individuals we will criticise each other tomorrow and then we will learn the lessons. We have to learn from these mistakes and in the next game, we have to do better."