Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag revealed that he did not see a fighting spirit from the team during their 4-0 defeat against Brentford. The Dutchman criticized his players and their performance at his pre-match press conference before their game against Liverpool. Ten Hag insisted he understood the rivalry between the sides and urged the team to come together after a poor start to the season.
“I was definitely not happy. The basic stuff has to be good and that has to start with the right attitude. You need fighting spirit on the pitch and I didn’t see it from minute one. The players didn’t play well, a lot went wrong. You don’t have to talk about anything [tactical] when the attitude is not right,” Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag said. “I know the rivalry. We are the rivals. We have to win every game but especially this game. It starts with yourself. Act as a team, follow the results and principles and from that you get confidence.”
“I can only say the owners want to win and the fans we want them behind the club,” he added. “I can understand sometimes but I am not that long in the club that I can see all the backgrounds, but we have to fight together so we have to be unified and fight together.”
“I don’t know why he’s particularly in focus after Saturday,” he added. “It was the team performance and the whole team’s attitude, including Ronaldo.”