Erik ten Hag has admitted that his Manchester United aspect suffered from ‘an absence of perception’ throughout their derby day defeat to inner-city rivals Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.
The Dutch supervisor’s aspect had been put to the sword by Metropolis on the Etihad and had been trailing 6-1 at one level within the recreation earlier than Anthony Martial scored two late comfort targets.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities after the defeat, Ten Hag admitted that his aspect lacked perception when requested what went mistaken on the day:
“Lack of perception. I am stunned why we did not carry it [belief] onto the pitch. I’ve seen – clearly 4 weeks in the past – a special group, a special spirit, a special vibe, a special confidence, and right now we did not have confidence.
“From the primary minute on we weren’t on the entrance foot, we weren’t courageous in possession. It is at all times troublesome to search out out [why his team weren’t brave in possession], particularly straight after the sport. I’ve to speak with my gamers and I’ve to search out out.
“They know they will do higher – see the efficiency at Arsenal, see the efficiency at Liverpool – however if you happen to do not struggle, and we did not, then you have got an issue in opposition to a group like Man Metropolis.”
Manchester United will hope to get again to profitable method on Thursday night once they face off in opposition to Omonia within the Europa League.