Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag described his team’s performance as unprofessional following the club’s worst Premier League defeat since 1931, 7-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The shocking defeat came after a wonderful week for the Ten Hag team, which witnessed its victory in the English League Cup at the expense of Newcastle United, and amid aspirations to compete for the league title in the last breath.
United trailed 1-0 in the first half and then completely collapsed after the break.
Ten Hag told a press conference: The result is quite clear, this is not professional. We were not professional in making decisions, when moving forward and leaving spaces in the back, in the middle of the field and not returning, after falling behind 3-0, the match ran away from us.
He added: But after that the team must hold together and this did not happen, and it was a surprise to me, I did not see this level of my team, I do not think that this is Manchester United, so the situation was bad and miserable.
United arrived at Anfield after an 11-match unbeaten run, which includes winning the League Cup title and a comeback against West Ham in the FA Cup.
Ten Hag believes that the performance was acceptable in the first half, but the situation changed for the worse after the break, and he continued: The players did not cooperate together and did not adhere to their duties. Many things made me angry, such as receiving goals with great ease.
He concluded: We achieved a lot of good results last week and at great levels, but today’s level is really bad.