‘Not good enough’ - Erik ten Hag gives brutal verdict on Man Utd squad after Bournemouth loss
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Erik ten Hag admitted his side are ‘not good enough to be consistent’ following Saturday’s abysmal 3-0 loss to Bournemouth at home.
The Cherries came away with a first-ever Old Trafford win thanks to goals from Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi, in what was another terrible display from Manchester United, that was met by boos at various occasions during the afternoon.
The Red Devils boss was asked whether it was his lowest moment this season, in a campaign that had already seen 10 defeats prior to the Bournemouth loss. But it was the convincing manner of the win from Bournemouth, a side on the edges of the relegation battle, that will have alarmed the home supporters.
United had 69 percent of the possession, yet never really looked like scoring against Andoni Iraola’s well-organised team, with just one shot on target in the second half. Speaking after the game, Ten Hag backed his players once again but made a surprise admission that his team lacks depth.
“So we are really inconsistent,” he said. "So we have the ability to do it, but you have to do it every game and every third day. I think as a squad we are not good enough to be consistent and we have to work as a squad to improve that.”
“As a group we have to improve, that is a fact, we have to get tougher, that we are ready for the game from the start,” Ten Hag added. “I said on Friday, you can’t be in this league you are not playing in the highest levels because you get killed. That is what happened in the first five minutes, especially against them, such a good transition team, you make life easy for them.
“They have the perfect conditions to play in. You see the [United] team fighting and battling, putting a lot of effort in for a long period to return in the game. It can’t happen that you so easily concede a goal.
“We have to always be ready for the game and so I have to take the responsibility for that. I have to prepare my team that they are ready for the game. From my point of view, I am very disappointed the way we started. I have to do things better."
Asked for his overall view on the game, Ten Hag said: “I am annoyed and disappointed. Definitely, I expected something different. Before the game I hoped to build on the performance and result from Chelsea. It’s very disappointing the way we started the game and then we did everything to get back into the game.”