Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that he was ‘mad’ because his players lacked the fighting spirit on Sunday against Aston Villa.
Man United succumbed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Villa on Sunday at the Villa Park in the Premier League.
United were well off the pace against Villa, didn’t create many chances and were porous at the back.
Reacting to the defeat, Ten Hag said: “I was really mad on Sunday because we didn’t fight. We didn’t cooperate, we were sloppy, especially in defensive discipline.”
Manchester United got the perfect response to the Premier League defeat when they beat Aston Villa 4-2 from behind at Old Trafford.
As a result of the win, the Red Devils are through to the fourth round and will face Burnley at Old Trafford after the World Cup.
On tonight’s win, Ten Hag said: “Happy with that resilience. That’s what we need and have to show every game, I was so disappointed and mad on Sunday because we didn’t fight. We were sloppy, especially in the defence and United players always have to show 100% discipline.
“Quick game, intense game. What we have to do better we have to play football at a high intensity because that’s what the top teams do.
“We have made a step in the right direction but we have to find the moments to get more composure on then ball and find the moments where we can speed up. We are in the right direction but still a long way to go.”
Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s first goal and it was an equaliser to Ollie Watkins opener.
Diogo Dalot scored an own goal but Man United scored three more goals from Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay to finish off a brilliant collective performance.