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- Players are said to have wondered why Victor Lindelof was used at left-back in the tie
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Manchester United players are beginning to question Erik ten Hag’s tactics for the first time following their 3-0 derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, according to a report.
United suffered their fifth defeat of the Premier League season after ten games so far and are eighth in the table, eight points behind the Champions League places.
They were by far the second best at Old Trafford and appear to have no clear direction and reports suggest the players are now starting to lose faith in their manager’s ability to turn their fortunes around.
Ten Hag insisted his team selection in the game was tactical, with Victor Lindelof, a right-footed centre-back, deployed at left-back in place of Sergio Reguilon and Raphael Varane on the bench, while Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans in the middle were preferred for defense.
Accordingly The sunPlayers objected to Ten Hag’s decision to leave Reguilon from the team and raised questions about other choices and tactics in the game.
Manchester United players are starting to question Erik ten Hag’s tactics, according to a report
United have lost five of their 10 Premier League games so far this season and are showing little sign of progress
Ten Hag opted to play Victor Lindelof (right) at left-back against Manchester City – a decision the players reportedly questioned
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Winger Antony shook his head from the bench when he failed to join the early substitutes, instead Mason Mount was favored as an attacking threat to change the game at half-time.
Alejandro Garnacho also came on ahead of the Brazilian, who had to wait until the 85th minute to be substituted and was then lucky not to see red after an altercation with Jeremy Doku.
Boos welcomed the decision to substitute striker Rasmus Hojlund for Garnacho in the 73rd minute as the score was 2-0 and United needed a miracle for a comeback.
The Sun also reported that Ten Hag made his players sit in silence in the dressing room at Old Trafford and watch City’s celebrations during regular time.
It is also claimed that the Dutchman made his team listen to the reception that greeted the champions from the away side – a stark comparison to the home team’s reaction, or what was left of it.
Ten Hag, who reportedly planned to give his players an extra day off if they win the derby, mocked his team after the game, saying they could “never” play like his successful Ajax team.
Ten Hag said United will “never” be able to play like their successful Ajax team because of the players at each club
It is also reported that the Dutchman made his players listen to City’s full-time celebrations
He pointed out the difference in players between the two teams, who won the Eredivisie three times and the Dutch Cup twice.
‘Never. “We will never play this football because they were other players,” he said. “That’s not why I came here either.”
“We play a different kind of football than I showed at Ajax because I have to, because I can’t play in the same way.” The players decide how they play.
“Ajax has a very typical and characteristic style of play, with Manchester United I will always show different football.”