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Erik ten Hag explains what went wrong against Brentford

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag explains what went wrong against Brentford

Manchester United manager believes the attitude of the players wasn't good

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It has been a long week for Manchester United fans after their team suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat away at Brentford. Ever since the referee blew the final whistle, a lot of players have been linked with the club as the manager realized his team wasn’t good enough and he would definitely look for ways to turn this situation around.

At today’s press conference ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool, Erik ten Hag faced the media and talked about what went wrong last weekend: “I was definitely not happy. You can’t talk about football philosophy but the basic stuff has to be good. Fighting attitude, I didn’t see that from minute one. You have to bring it every game”.

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The former Ajax coach believes one of the biggest problems in the last game’s defeat was the attitude of the players: “You see a game, you have a plan, then you check how the game went and see what is wrong and what is good. Obviously, a lot went wrong but you don’t have to talk about anything when the attitude is not right”.

When the Dutchman was asked if he is struggling to motivate the players after their attitude problems, he said he isn’t: “No, it’s not difficult to motivate this team. They worked really good on the training pitch from the start of the season. The mentality starts with yourself. Follow the rules and principles and work hard. If you do that, you will get confidence”.

Self-criticism is important

Erik ten Hag also said that he knows his team’s performances have been really poor since he has been in charge, and is working hard to change that: “I analyze myself. I take notice of some criticism. Some criticism is good advice so I take them. But also some are not that good, so I lay them aside”.


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