Erik ten Hag urged Manchester United to point out some “character” after they plunged deeper into disaster as Brighton swept to a shock 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Ten Hag’s aspect had been rocked by a first-half aim from former United ahead Danny Welbeck earlier than Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro put Brighton additional forward after the interval.
Hannibal Mejbri’s first aim for the membership was no comfort for United, who had been booed off on the remaining whistle.
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It was United’s second successive defeat after their 3-1 loss at Arsenal earlier than the worldwide break.
With three defeats in 5 league video games already this season — the primary time they’ve suffered that destiny within the Premier League period and their worst begin in 34 years — United are languishing in twelfth place and have the look of a membership in turmoil on and off the pitch.
“Definitely that’s one thing that bothers me. Finally it’s about character. Now we’ve to see how robust we’re, how the group sticks collectively and which gamers are standing up and exhibiting the character and main the group,” Ten Hag mentioned.
“Because in all of the video games, all of the video games however particularly the video games right now, in opposition to Arsenal and Nottingham Forest, we’ve seen we are able to play superb and we are able to create numerous possibilities.
“But, sure, there are additionally some enhancements to make. That is unquestionably the case and now we’ve to step up.”
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Erik ten Hag wasn’t comfortable.Source: Getty Images
Ten Hag appeared to have stabilised United final season when he ended the membership’s six-year trophy drought by profitable the League Cup and qualifying for the Champions League in his first marketing campaign.
But hopes of a title problem are already fading after a dismal begin to the brand new season, with a frightening Champions League opener at Bayern Munich on Wednesday threatening so as to add to United’s woes.
“We need to be very upset,” Ten Hag mentioned. “And we’ve to be very aggravated with ourselves as a result of at United the demand is you win video games.”
“It is a heavy one,” Christian Eriksen informed the BBC. “We have to have a look at ourselves. We modified some issues however we’re upset.”
Bruno Fernandes was dejected.Source: Getty Images
In response to a rash of disciplinary points involving his gamers, Ten Hag claimed this week that he arrived at Old Trafford following his transfer from Ajax to seek out “no good tradition” among the many squad.
On Friday, Ten Hag mentioned he didn’t know whether or not exiled ahead Jadon Sancho will play for United once more.
Sancho has been banished to coach away from United’s first group after the England worldwide angered Ten Hag when he claimed he was a “scapegoat” after he was dropped for the Arsenal loss.
Meanwhile, United ahead Antony is on a depart of absence to combat allegations of home violence made in opposition to him by three ladies, which he strongly denies.
Antony’s issues got here weeks after Mason Greenwood was pressured to go away United on mortgage to Spanish aspect Getafe over home abuse allegations that had been later dropped.
United followers have additionally continued their protests in opposition to the disliked Glazer household after the membership’s homeowners appeared to halt their sale plan.
Manchester United followers are livid after the Glazer household’s sale stalled.Source: Getty Images
Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund each missed early possibilities to place United forward and Brighton took the lead within the twentieth minute.
Adam Lallana let Simon Adingra’s low cross run by his legs to the unmarked Welbeck, who sidefooted dwelling to go away Old Trafford in shell-shocked silence.
Gross has made a behavior of tormenting United up to now and the German made it seven targets in 11 video games in opposition to them when he collected Tariq Lamptey’s 53rd minute move, danced previous Lisandro Martinez and fired a scientific end into the underside nook.
Ten Hag was loudly jeered when he opted to exchange Hojlund with Anthony Martial.
Bizarrely, Ten Hag mentioned: “I believe it was constructive. You see that the followers from the primary second in Old Trafford, the reception for him was nice.”
Ten Hag added: “The booing was as a result of Rasmus got here off. But I believe Martial final yr when he performed, he had a constructive impact on our video games … when he’s match, he’ll contribute. He just isn’t prime match at this second, however he’s bettering. When he’s 100 per cent match, he’ll contribute like final season.”
In the 71st minute, Pedro produced an excellent end from Lamptey’s move, prompting United followers to trudge to the exits.
Hannibal got here off the bench to curve dwelling from 20 yards two minutes later, nevertheless it was too late to cease the disaster from engulfing United