Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag didn’t hesitate to criticise his squad after their ‘unacceptable’ 1-0 pleasant defeat towards Atletico Madrid.
It has been a productive first summer season within the dugout for the Dutch supervisor, who grew to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term successor in Might.
The Crimson Devils kicked off their pre-season with a convincing 4-0 victory over Liverpool, earlier than wins towards Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.
Nonetheless, since then, it’s two video games with no win following a 2-2 draw towards Aston Villa and Saturday’s loss towards Atletico.
Though outcomes will not be too vital on the subject of friendlies, Ten Hag was lower than impressed after his facet threw away a two-goal lead towards Villa.
He was maybe much more pissed off on Saturday after failing to get a consequence of their match towards Atletico – who knocked United out of the Champions League final time period.
The 52-year-old was notably disillusioned along with his facet’s lack of ability to transform no less than one of many many probabilities they created.
“Ultimately it’s in regards to the consequence, and the rating was not good,” Ten Hag stated (quotes through UtdPlug). “It’s important to take advantages in the event you create probabilities.
“I believe we created many probabilities, to provide no less than one purpose and from much less probabilities they create, they scored one — that time, I’m not glad. I’ve informed the staff it’s not acceptable, you must be sharp within the field, each side.”
Ten Hag did see the positives, nevertheless, admitting that he felt the general efficiency was “actually good”.
“I believe we contributed very well, I believe the efficiency from our staff was actually good,” he added.
“Our recreation, our possession and transition recreation was actually good. We created a whole lot of menace, had weapons, we create alternatives, in order that half I used to be actually glad.”
United play one other pleasant on Sunday – towards Rayo Vallecano – in Ten Hag’s first match at Outdated Trafford.
“The gamers that performed from the beginning won’t come on tomorrow,” he stated. “Tomorrow we may have a distinct beginning XI. There are gamers who got here on [against Atletico] who can begin tomorrow.”
Ten Hag additionally confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo – who reportedly needs to depart the membership – will begin towards the Spanish facet. It is going to be his first look below his new supervisor after returning to coaching earlier this week.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will play towards Rayo Vallecano,” he confirmed. “Sure, he can be within the squad tomorrow. We’ll see how lengthy he can play.”
On prime of the consequence, the United – who had Fred despatched off – boss was sad with Atletico’s aggressiveness within the pleasant fixture.
“I like competitiveness, however with respect, I don’t wish to have accidents as nicely,” Ten Hag stated.
“That’s why you must preserve respect for one another, and I’ve seen some tackles that have been over the restrict.”