Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag has said he will ‘not accept’ more bad performances like Sunday’s at St James’ Park.
Manchester United lost to convince Newcastle.
Erik ten Hag has reminded his Manchester United players of the consequences of underperforming, warning the team that they are ‘in the wrong place’ if they are not aggressive.
The Red Devils put in a not-so-good performance on Sunday as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Newcastle United, with Ten Hag and Luke Shaw claiming after the game that the Magpies ‘wanted it more. again’.It is a worrying development for United, who have made a lot of good progress this season. The Reds had lackluster performances against Brentford, Manchester City, and Aston Villa ahead of the World Cup and, after a long period of fine form, have seen poor performances start to return.
United lost 7-0 at Anfield last month and struggled in the early stages against Leicester City, West Ham United, and Fulham, although they came back to win the following three games. But Ten Hag still warned his team that he would not accept a drop in standards.
“I agree we fell, we came back against Newcastle but I also know there are ups and downs. People are not robots but we have to act like robots,” he said ahead of United’s clash with Brentford on Wednesday. “We have to act like machines, we have to expect and demand from our players that they fit the standard so when we don’t we will be disappointed because that is our job. .”
When asked if he felt United could be the ‘machine’, Ten Hag replied: “Yes because we showed a lot of games, we did that. It is so difficult; we have very strong beliefs, very strong confidence, passion, and solidarity, and have shown it in many big games and matches.
“We have shown that we can win games but you have to do that in every game because that is the requirement for top players, that is the expectation that Manchester United and Our fans are from our team and our players, so they have to.”
Ten Hag also rejected Rio Ferdinand’s suggestion that United have ‘knocked out the stuff’ since winning the Carabao Cup in February, with the team failing to score in all three Premier League games since then. However, the United boss pointed to the club’s cup successes in March as a sign that the team was still fighting.
“I think after the Carabao Cup we won many games, we beat Betis with a really good performance, and we also beat West Ham United. We also had a good performance.”We had a tough show but now they’ve rested and that’s unacceptable and I don’t accept that. We are at the end of the season, so you have to be physically and mentally healthy and that is everyone’s responsibility on the team. Everyone has to stick together and stick to the plan.
He added: “I am confident that my players will have a good performance and get the best results. “They’ve shown it so many times: home Arsenal, home Liverpool, home Manchester City, Barcelona twice, so they can do it so don’t talk about what’s coming.”
“The race to the top four will be a battle, and you can only win with the desire of your opponent.
You must always face failure. We have to put aside this loss and learn from our determination, passion, and desire.”
“We have to carry the above to win every game on the pitch. Wednesday will be a tough game again. We have to be ready to fight and do better than today.”