Sir Alex Ferguson told Erik ten Hag must expect next from Manchester United players
The last 24 hours or so for Manchester United fans has been the stuff of nightmares. A 7-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool is perhaps the worst result anyone could have imagined. United’s second-half capitulation was unacceptable and has led to the ridicule many would have expected.
Sir Alex Ferguson reacted to abhorrent Manchester United display vs Liverpool
It was a ꜱҺоϲk especially considering how well the Reds had been playing before that point. Victories over Barcelona and Newcastle felt like the markers of the tide turning.
A lot of hard work now feels like it has been totally undone, but the beauty of football is that you do not have time to dwell.
On Thursday, United can begin to put things right when they host Real Betis in the Europa League round of 16 first leg. Before that match though, Erik ten Hag will be on the lookout for signs that they have learned their mistakes.
Sir Alex Ferguson highlighted those exact signs when he spoke to the media following the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford. While he admitted that he was ‘shattered’ by the result, he ended the interviews with a defiant message.
As quoted by The Guardian, Ferguson said: “We have to recover. In the history of Manchester United this is another day and we will recover.
“But that kind of defeat will make an impact on the players. There’s a lot of embarrassment in that dressing room and quite rightly so.”
Ten Hag will be hoping that many of his players are embarrassed by the debacle at Anfield but more importantly than that.
He will be wanting to see the recovery which Ferguson mentions. If United were to play passively against Real Betis and not be victorious, a rot could easily set in.
After the City horror show, United went on a seven-game unƅеаten run. Following the 4-0 defeat to Brentford earlier this campaign, the Reds ƅеаt Liverpool 2-1 in one of their most gutsy performances of the season.
United cannot allow this fluke result to define their year. They have had their debrief and now it is time to bounce back.
Man Utd ‘make contact with Harry Kane camp’ and have strong Daniel Levy belief
Manchester United are reportedly growing confident that they will sign Tottenham star Harry Kane at the end of the season. Erik ten Hag is desperate to sign a forward over the summer, with loanee Wout Weghorst only a short-term fix for their lack of depth in the final third.
United were humiliatingly ƅеаten 7-0 by Liverpool over the weekend, in a defeat that crushed all hopes of a historic quadruple at Old Trafford. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino secured all three points for the Reds, with serious questions now being asked of United as a result.
Players appeared to throw in the towel late on at Anfield, with rash tackles and petty tantrums prompting pundits to offer the Red Devils’ stars a harsh reality check. Though some supporters were quick to point out that, although a disappointing defeat, Ten Hag should not be entirely judged by the loss as the team is still in the heart of a rebuild.
Good form has masked the process at the Theatre of Dreams, as well as winning the Carabao Cup, though the former Ajax boss is still desperate to bring in reinforcements of his own and to continue shaking up the dressing room. The Sun report that United are desperate to sign Kane over the summer, and have been ‘encouraged’ by initial talks with his camp.
Harry Kane is out of contract in 2024
The club are thought to have made contact with the England international through a third party and been met with positive responses. United also reportedly firmly believe that Spurs will lower their asking price below £100million for Kane at the end of the season if they fail to finish in the top four.
Missing out on Champions League football is expected to be a key factor in the 29-year-old leaving north London for United, as well as his expiring contract. Kane will be in the final 12 months of his current deal when the summer transfer window arrives and there is yet to be serious extension negotiations.
United believe that Daniel Levy will lower his asking price for Kane
Manchester City were previously keen to sign Kane and for him to be their long-term No 9 at the Etihad Stadium, though the arrival of Erling Haaland over the summer has prompted the club to cool their interest.
Tottenham are hopeful that he will stay with them and continue to write himself into the club’s history books, though the forward has already achieved his goal of becoming Spurs’ all-time top scorer and could push to finally get some silverware to his name elsewhere.