Erik ten Hag was furious with his team’s performance in the 3-1 loss to Aston Villa.
Manchester United were careless in the first 20 minutes of each half and were punished for it.
In his post-match interview, Ten Hag explained what went wrong:
🗣️ “Players have to take responsibility for being ready”.
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“The result is clear, it never lies.”
“In football, you always make your own profit. We weren’t good enough today.”
“After a long time that this happened, I said it was up to us.”
“We didn’t keep the ball, we didn’t have the right organization, we didn’t follow the rules and we lost battles.”
“We lost the start of the game of the first half and the second half, that is unacceptable.
“They looked fresher, smarter.”
United looked tired and lethargic throughout the game.
Ten Hag missed the aggressiveness of Bruno Fernandes in midfield, with Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen too passive.
The Dutch coach hopes that his team can recover quickly.
On paper, United are on a good run of games until the start of the new year and should take maximum points.
The return of Anthony Martial would be a big boost for a goalless team.
The fans will want Antony and Jadon Sancho back to full form as soon as possible. United’s backup flanker options aren’t good enough.