Ten Hag Slams Man Utd's 'Lack of Belief' in 6-3 Derby Rout

Ten Hag Slams Man Utd's 'Lack of Belief' in 6-3 Derby Rout
Erik Ten Hag looks on — Photo by katatonia82

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag pinpointed his side’s “lack of belief” for Sunday’s humiliating 6-3 rout from rivals Manchester City.

United came into Sunday’s derby on the back of four straight Premier League wins, offering hope of a win over the English champions.

But City raced to a 4-0 half-time lead with hat-tricks to Erling Haaland and Phil Foden in an emphatic performance.

“I am very disappointed, especially at the lack of belief,” ten Hag said.

“I didn’t expect it. In the (previous) games, yes some weeks ago, our team was confident, there was a good spirit, there was a good vibe and today we didn’t bring it on the pitch from the first minute at all.

“The vibe hasn’t gone but today they didn’t bring the belief on the pitch. It is possible to play and we didn’t. On the ball we gave easy balls away.

“We made many wrong decisions and out of possession, we didn’t go on the front foot.”

The Dutchman said City’s domination was a reality check for his side, amid increasing expectations following their run of wins.

“I think it’s good that a team like City gives you the status where you are in this moment,” ten Hag said.

“It’s clear we did well against top teams like Liverpool and Arsenal, when we were disciplined and we followed the rules and principles, we had belief to play and we were on the front foot defending.

“Then you can bring a good performance and that can bring a result. When you don’t, when you are not front foot, when you are not brave to play, you get the result as today.”

Ben somerford
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