Erik ten Hag cancelled the day off for Manchester United players on Sunday, hauling the squad into Carrington to continue work on implementing his ideas before the next game, which is against Liverpool.
The Dutchman acted after United’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday following on from the opening-day loss against Brighton. All Brentford’s goals came in the first half and the result left United bottom of the table after two games.
“They are good players and have to take responsibility on the pitch as a team and as individuals, and that’s what we didn’t do. I asked them to play with belief and take responsibility for their performance, and that’s what they didn’t do.”Ten Hag explained at the BBC .
With a clear head, the former Ajax coach does not spare his players and points to a glaring lack of concentration.
“Mistakes are part of football, you have to keep going but above all you have to act. The three changes made at half-time were intended to bring in new elements. I could have changed the other eight too. It sucked , poor (in the game). We need higher standards than that, it’s clear (…) In the end, we have to be up to it and we haven’t been, “Ten Hag said.
Erik Ten Hag also sent a message to management, asking for reinforcements for the summer transfer window. “We need new players and quality players. We will try to convince them to join us.”
United fans are expected to continue their protests against the Glazers before the game against Liverpool, which is a week on Monday.
The club still hope to make signings in this transfer window, including Adrien Rabiot from Juventus. United representatives are expected to renew talks with the French midfielder’s mother, Veronique, this week to iron out the last details of a deal which is expected to be in the region of £15m.