Ten Hag's reaction to Anfield defeat

Sunday 05 March 2023 19:31

Erik ten Hag labelled Manchester United's second-half performance "unprofessional" after a game that was very much in the balance at the break drifted further and further away from his side.

A week on from the Carabao Cup final triumph, we conceded a goal to Cody Gakpo moments before the interval and shipped six in the second period to eventually suffer a 7-0 defeat to our fiercest rivals in an nightmare afternoon on Merseyside.

Erik provided his assessment after the game in interviews with MUTV, Sky Sports, Radio 5 Live, beIN Sports, the BBC and at his press conference...

Ten Hag: We didn't show the right personality Video

Ten Hag: We didn't show the right personality

Erik ten Hag delivers his verdict on an afternoon to forget for United at Anfield...


"You can lose a game but not in the way we lose in the second half. In the first half, we played very decent. We created the better chances and then made an organisational mistake. The second half was unprofessional. It can’t happen and we have to talk about it. I do think we played decent in the first half but the second half was not us. Not our standards. We didn't play as a team."


"Yes, definitely, and surprised. I have seen, the last weeks and months, a team that is really in a winning attitude. In the second half, we did not have a winning attitude at all."


"It was not about one or two players. It was the whole team, you saw 11 individuals losing their heads. That is unprofessional, that is not Manchester United. We have other standards, these were not the standards we want to show. Every defeat, no matter what, is worse, especially when you lose at Liverpool. We let the fans down so that is the most annoying. For the ones who stayed, it was tough, and we really have to thank them. I can't blame those who go away because it was a really bad performance. Devastating and we let the fans down."


"No, nothing to do with that because we can bring the performance four days ago, seven days ago. It's nothing to do with that. It's just about the head. We know Liverpool are a good transition team. When you are 1-0 down, you can't lose your head and bring them into the transition moments. We did not make the right decisions in the defensive actions. That is unprofessional. We have high standards and that's not what we showed today in the second half."

Report: Liverpool 7 United 0


A nightmare afternoon for Erik ten Hag's side unfolds in the second half at Anfield.


"You can have setbacks but what can't happen is you don't stick together. You have to do your job, it's not possible to make the wrong decisions in the transitions. We didn't track the runs. We didn't track back and that, for me, is unacceptable. As a squad, as a team, you can't allow this. You have to stick together and you have to fight and support each other. You have to defend, which is what we didn't do. You still have to keep your head up and that is what we didn't do. We couldn't cope with the defeat, maybe they were not used to it, it can be [like that] but you have to stick together. You can't play as an individual."


"I said in the dressing room it's not acceptable, their performance, it's clear. But it's only one game, though a big defeat, unacceptable, and especially for our fans, especially against Liverpool. We will bounce back. This team is strong enough to go, reset itself, and we will bounce back. I know my players, they are good characters, and they can bounce back and they will do."