Erik ten Hag found it difficult to contain his rage following Manchester United’s utter humiliation and outclassing by one of their most vehement Premier League opponents, Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag made his pretend Manchester United players watch Liverpool’s players celebrate their 7-0 triumph while they were coмpelled to remain silent.
The growling Reds of Jürgen Klopp destroyed the Red Devils just one week after they won the League Cup. As Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, and Darwin Nunez all helped themselves to two goals before Roberto Firmino completed a historic evening by putting one in for himself, everything Liverpool touched nearly resulted in goals.
Given that the first half was fairly even and Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both had quality scoring opportunities, the outcome was all the more stunning. Yet after a remarkable second half in which United let six goals, Ten Hag made sure his team did not forget the outcome.
Ten Hag reportedly silenced his own locker room and ordered his players to listen to Liverpool’s celebrations as United’s toughest enemies laughed, cheered, and danced in the opposite locker room. After United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford, the former Ajax manager made each of his players run 13.8 kilometers as a sort of punishment because that was the total distance the Bees covered in comparison to United. Ten Hag even took part in the punishment as a show of support.
This, though, can turn out to be an entirely new hardship to conquer. According to a source from United who spoke to the Daily Mirror, “Ten Hag was obviously upset and told them they were lucky to be travelling on the squad bus back to Old Trafford and not have to travel back with the supporters.
“He warned them all that they wouldn’t get another chance and would be placed in the Under-21s if anything like that happened again.” Ten Hag was unrelenting in his criticism of United’s performance at Anfield after the game.
After United lost, Ten Hag told BBC Five Live that it was the poorest performance of the year. Both at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, we lost the game, but you have to keep your composure, and we didn’t.
“It’s important about having discipline, and we didn’t, so you start giving up goals at that point. It’s unneeded and performed in a very unprofessional manner. You must perform your duties, but we didn’t.
The only thing going for United is that they haven’t been dragged back into a Ƅaттle for the top four thanks to Tottenham’s loss to Wolves and Newcastle United’s loss to Manchester City. Ten Hag wouldn’t be all that comforted by that.
Disrespecting referee, Bruno Fernandes could face ‘proper ban’ from FA
According to Ref Support UK, Bruno Fernandes ought to suffer a five-game suspension for pushing the assistant referee during Manchester United’s 7-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
In Harry Maguire’s absence, the Portugal international served as United’s captain and got into a collision with Trent Alexander-Arnold before pushing assistant referee Adam Nunn in the back during the game’s waning moments at Anfield.
Due to the facт that referee Andy Madley saw the incident, it is believed that the Football Association would not penalize Fernandes.
Yet the organization Ref Support UK, which is devoted to independent referee training, support, and growth, thinks the midfielder need to be held accountable for his behavior.
‘I think he’s got to be looking at at least a five-game punishment,’ said Martin Cassidy, CEO of Ref Support UK, to PA.
It is a major offense to make contact with a match official, and it should be dealt with as such. That, in my opinion, would be perfectly acceptable. The Football Association needs to send a clear message that this kind of behavior is never acceptable at any level, and I hope they do.
“I believe that the message the FA needs to convey here is one that builds on the wonderful work they’re already doing to protect match officials, with the bodycam trial.
“Fernandes is a perfect example of the entitlement behavior that seems to be prevalent in the game,” the player said.
“With his actions, I believe his position as captain is untenable,” the writer said. “If he believes it’s appropriate for the captain of such a prestigious club as Manchester United to behave in such a manner, then I believe the game is in a horrible state.”