Erik ten Hag has suggested that Manchester United’s three goals in the second half against Manchester City was a result of being ‘brave’.
Man City trounced Man United 6-3 at the Etihad following two hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.
The Red Devils put out a much-improved performance in the second half and many would have claimed that the result would have been a different situation had they played that way in the first half.
Erik ten Hag made a couple of changes in the second-half and that paid off with a 3-2 win in the second 45 minutes.
Speaking after the final whistle, the former Ajax boss revealed what he did at the break: “I wanted to change the attitude of the team, we were braver in the second half, created chances and scored three goals. Only from mistakes you learn, we have to do better in the next game.
“It is a process, when you are not concentrated against Manchester City, you get hammered, that is what happened. You cause your own problems, you get hammered.
“All the credit to Manchester City, but it is nothing to do with City, our performance was not good. As individuals, they were not convinced and did not support each other. A lack of fight and spirit in the team.”
Although Manchester United lost heavily at the Etihad after a poor first-half display, Erik ten Hag still believes there were some positives to take from the defeat.
But the Dutch tactician would rather not reveal any as he believes it wouldn’t go down too well with some United fans.
“There are also positives, but in this moment I can’t think like that. We let the fans down, we let ourselves down and I am hugely disappointed. We have to live with that and learn from it.
“I will show the team tomorrow we could have been on the front foot. In the first goal, we won the ball and could have created a chance and gave it away. That is unacceptable.”