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Manchester United Erik Ten Hag

Ten Hag: Lack of Belief Caused United Annihilation at City

Manchester United Erik ten Hag simply described what caused his team’s defeat to rivals Manchester City over the weekend in three words – lack of belief.

"It’s quite simple. When you don’t believe on the pitch you can’t win games," he lamented after the Red Devils were routed 6-3 by City in their latest collision in the Premier League.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden starred as they completed their hat-tricks after the break and only Anthony Martial's late double saw United dodge a record-tying setback in the fabled Manchester derby.

Haaland became the first player to score three successive Premier League home hat-tricks, putting him in the record books following hat-tricks at home to Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.

SHAME FOR VISITORS

Anthony Martial's late goal for the Red Devils when City was already 6-1 up was greeted in near silence, as was his added-time penalty shot on a day of shame for the visitors and ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag said Manchester United got what they deserved in a 6-3 thrashing at Manchester City because they didn't believe they could beat the Premier League champions.

For the second time in just seven league games under Ten Hag, United trailed 4-0 at half-time as City ran riot.

After the break, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden completed their hat-tricks, and only Anthony Martial's late double saw United avoid a record-equalling defeat in the Manchester derby.

"It's quite simple, it's a lack of belief," Ten Hag said. "When you don't believe on the pitch then you can't win games. That is unacceptable."

He added: "We got undisciplined at following rules and you get hammered, that is what happened today."

United’s latest defeat was bitter as they had made amends from an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Brentford last August by winning their previous four league games.

RONALDO STATUS

It could raise more questions about the status of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

One of them was: "What role would ten Hag give the five-time Ballon d'Or winner for the rest of the season?"

Ten Hag told reporters he overlooked Ronaldo "out of respect" as he did not want to throw the 37-year-old superstar on with United just chasing shadows.

United’s latest misery saw them drop to sixth place in the table with 12 points, nine behind leaders Arsenal and eight behind second placers City.

Next up for City in the league is a home game against Southampton on October 8, while United will try to rebound when they travel to Everton on October 10.
 
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