The historic 6-3 that City endorsed United last weekend continues to take its toll on the Red Devils. The result shattered the few advances that Ten Hag had been able to consolidate in a worrying start to the season. Everything was blown up, especially after a first half where his team was a toy in the hands of Haaland and company. In the end a hat-trick from the Norwegian and another from Foden decided. But it was the extreme weakness shown, mainly on the flanks, that made Ten Hag’s team wobble.
That is where a point of friction has appeared. Inform The Sun that the technician asked Antony for explanations for not having heeded his instructions. He left Dalot unprotected and inferior on the right flank and City were at ease. In short, United were a sieve and the sun summarizes that “Ten Hag is furious with Antony for disobeying his orders.” It is curious because the Brazilian has been his great signing and it came hand in hand. Both coincided at Ajax and Antony’s arrival was largely due to the coach’s influence.
The media insists that Ten Hag gave individual and precise instructions to Antony in the locker room and immediately before starting the match, almost on the pitch. He was worried and it was proven rightly so. During the match, Dalot himself was seen reproaching Antony for his lack of defensive solidarity. The Portuguese winger was booked shortly after the match began and was at risk. On the other coast things were not better. Malacia made water and also had a yellow card. Ten Hag bet heavily on United spending over £90m on Antony, but he broke his trust at a very sensitive time. We will have to see the consequences that it has. Antony scored one of United’s goals, a good goal, but that doesn’t hide his lack of defensive commitment.
“Our performance was unacceptable. Setbacks came. We beat Arsenal, we beat Liverpool, we had a bad day at the office on Sunday. City were better, we have to accept that, but we cannot accept our unacceptable performance,” Ten Hag explained. before meeting Omonia on Thursday in the Europa League. He was asked again about Cristiano and if the fact that he didn’t get a minute out of him against City means that he is just waiting to find a solution on the market for him. “It had nothing to do with what could happen in January or in the summer. It was out of respect. If a player is satisfied on the bench, this is not the club you have to be at. Cristiano is very competitive. He is not happy not to play on Sunday, but don’t get me wrong, the question was about his attitude in training, where he is happy. Of course he wants to play and gets pissed off when he doesn’t play. There are differences and no one is the same in the team. I treat everyone with respect, but everyone has a different background, so I have to treat the players to get the best out of them,” he says.