Football   |   March 8, 2023

Premier League: “Obviously unprofessional”-Ten Hag slams performance following 7-0 Anfield humiliation

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has given his side a sound talking to in the dressing room after their catastrophic 7-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool at the iconic Anfield stadium.

The manager seemed to have got a few things wrong in the way he set up, as he opted for a more attacking full-back pairing in Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot against a high-pressing Liverpool side, where it perhaps made sense to go with the defensively prudent pair of Tyrell Malacia and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. In addition, a low block which Ten Hag used against the likes of Arsenal and Newcastle United was not the case against the Reds, giving the hosts exactly what they wanted. You can bet on your favourite Premier League team on M88.

Darwin Nunez opened the scoring late in the first half, before the six-time Champions League winners went on to add six in the second half, as each of the Liverpool front three bagged a brace.

Following the massive defeat, manager Erik Ten Hag was reported to have been outraged at the result, which reflected in his speech following the game. Colourful language was believed to have been used, as the Dutch coach conveyed his frustrations.

Even in the post-match presser, Ten Hag did not hold back, as he criticised his side’s “obviously unprofessional” performance. The second half performance ticked off the United boss, who was rendered motionless, given the positive nature of the team talk during the interval. Get more updates related to Manchester United only on M88 Football.

However, Ten Hag was quick to attribute the thrashing to a ridiculously hectic schedule following the World Cup, as Manchester United remained the only team to remain in contention for all three domestic competitions and the European cups.

United have since won the Carabao Cup, and will face Real Betis on March 9, making it 12 games for the Devils in the last 35 games, followed by Southampton in the Premier League just two days later. However, the manager was confident in his side’s ability to shake off the defeat and return to their winning ways.

“I know this team will reset and we have to bounce back and we have shown in the past we can. If you do the right things, if you react with the right measures as a manager and as a team, you can learn a lot from it and can strengthen your mentality.” Ten Hag said. Follow M88 Sports for all the latest updates from the world of sports.