Several Manchester United players are becoming frustrated with Erik ten Hag’s continuous criticism as they struggle with their poor form.
The team has lost four out of their last five games, and Ten Hag has been vocal about the “easy giveaway” that Bayern Munich scored during their 4-3 Champions League win. According to the Manchester Evening News, some players think that Ten Hag has favorites in the squad who avoid criticism, while others are frequently singled out for blame.
Even though Ten Hag hasn’t publicly named the Manchester United players who made mistakes, he has often pointed out their failure to “follow the rules” after defeats. Some United players also feel pressured to carry out Ten Hag’s tactical instructions because they believe his strategy has been affected by Antony’s extended absence. Antony, who cost £85.51 million, is currently dealing with allegations of domestic abuse, leading to his exclusion from the squad until further notice.
Ten Hag had planned to include Mason Greenwood, another left-footed forward, in the squad this season. However, due to backlash from fans, United changed their plans. Mason Mount, originally signed as a central midfielder for £60 million in the summer, might now take Antony’s place, even though he excelled as a right-sided player for Chelsea.
After the loss to Bayern Munich, Erik ten Hag criticized how easily Leroy Sane got past Marcus Rashford to score the first goal and how Jamal Musiala breached United’s defense to set up Serge Gnabry for Bayern’s second goal just four minutes later. “You have to look in the mirror because the goals were easy giveaways,” Ten Hag said.
“We were in the first 25 minutes better in the game than Munich and then that goal, it was so easy and it was not only Andre. If you see how easy Sane is going through and that has to do with determination, you don’t let players through so easy.
“That is the point – we have to cross the line as an individual and as a team to win games because it started there.
“That’s what I mean, you have to suffer, sacrifice in situations, to give everything and to stop that and only when we get that in are we going to win games.
“The way Sane came through can’t be. And the second goal; it’s almost similar over the other side. How easy players come through our box and to finish, it can’t be.”