Erik ten Hag: Manchester United boss says he saw no ‘fighting spirit’ against Brentford before Liverpool clash |  football news

Erik ten Hag: Manchester United boss says he saw no ‘fighting spirit’ against Brentford before Liverpool clash | football news

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United didn’t show “fighting spirit from minute one” in last weekend’s defeat at Brentford as the focus is on the Monday night football clash with Liverpool, live sky sports.

United were well beaten 4-0 by the Bees to drop them bottom of the Premier League table.

Ten Hag continued to criticize his players and that performance in his press conference on Friday.

“I was definitely not happy,” he said.

“The basics have to be good and that has to start with the right attitude.

“You need fighting spirit on the pitch and I didn’t see it from minute one.

“The players did not play well, many things went wrong. There is no need to talk about anything [tactical] when the attitude is not correct”.

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Ten Hag added that he is aware of United’s intense rivalry with Liverpool and instructed his side to “act as a team” to gain confidence after a poor start to the season.

“I know the rivalry,” he said. “We are the rivals. We have to win every game, but especially this game. It starts with yourself.”

“Act as a team, follow results and principles and you get confidence from that.”

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