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How Erik ten Hag punished his Manchester United players after Liverpool humiliation

The Red Devils were embarrassed at Anfield on Sunday


Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag slammed his Manchester United players on Monday morning following their record-equalling 7-0 hammering against rivals Liverpool at Anfield, it has been claimed.

The Red Devils equalled their worst loss since 1931, and suffered their worst ever defeat against Liverpool, as six second half goals turned a close first half into a rout by the full-time whistle.

To make matters worse, Mo Salah’s goals were enough to further embellish the result, with the Egyptian becoming Liverpool’s highest ever Premier League goalscorer in the clash.

“It is quite obvious, it was unprofessional”, Ten Hag explained after the game. It is a surprise for me, I didn’t see this from my team. I don’t think it is us. I don’t think it is Manchester United. It was really bad, really poor.”

And the retribution from the United boss was swift. Following a 4-0 defeat to Brentford in August, he had made his players run 14km, but this time he chose a less physical option.

According to the Mirror, ‘Ten Hag laid into his players, telling them they were lucky to be returning back to Manchester on the team bus and not made to travel back with the fuming fans who had paid money and travelled to watch such a pitiful display’.

Worse still, ‘Erik ten Hag forced his humiliated Manchester United players to sit in silence and listen to Liverpool’s players celebrate’, including ‘the jubilant scenes from the Liverpool dressing-room’ after the game.

He is also thought to have warned his players that a repeat thrashing would see them training with the U21s rather than with the first team.

The Red Devils have to pick themselves up quickly, with a Europa League clash with Real Betis their next game on Thursday, followed by a Premier League tie with lowly Southampton as the Red Devils look to secure a top four finish.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.


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