Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag claims that his side’s lack of belief cost them the game against Manchester City.
Man City thrashed Man United 6-3 at Etihad on Sunday afternoon to go one point behind Arsenal in the Premier League.
Hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden sealed the game for the Citizens, despite a stunner from Antony and a late brace from Anthony Martial.
United didn’t put out the performance they showed against Liverpool and Arsenal, which played a huge role in City’s 4-0 lead at half-time.
Erik ten Hag understands Manchester City’s performance was good but believes that his side’s lack of confidence played a role in United’s first league defeat since the Brentford 4-0 defeat in August.
Speaking after the final whistle, the Dutchman said: “A lack of belief… I am surprised why we didn’t bring it on the pitch, I have seen a different team, spirit and we did not look convinced. I have to talk to my players and find out why.
“If you don’t fight – which we didn’t – you are going to have a problem against Manchester City. This is different to Brentford, that day we didn’t run. Today we wanted to run but there was a lack of belief.
“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.
“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.”
Manchester United are now nine points behind first place Arsenal, who are on 21 points from eight matches.
United’s next game is on Thursday against Omonia in the Europa League and that’s a chance for the Red Devils to put today’s disastrous defeat behind them.