Erik ten Hag: Manchester United boss says he didn’t see ‘fighting spirit’ against Brentford ahead of Liverpool clash | Soccer News

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United failed to show ‘a fighting spirit from minute one’ in last weekend’s defeat at Brentford – as attention turns to the Monday night football clash with Liverpool, live sky sports.

United were well beaten 4-0 by the Bees to leave them bottom of the Premier League table.

Ten Hag continued his criticism of his players and this performance during his press conference on Friday.

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“I was definitely not happy,” he said.

“The basic things have to be right and it has to start with the right attitude.

“You need a fighting spirit on the pitch and I didn’t see that from the first minute.

“The players didn’t play well, a lot of things went wrong. You don’t have to talk about anything [tactical] when the attitude is not good.”

Ten Hag added he was aware of United’s intense rivalry with Liverpool and urged his side to “act as a team” to gain confidence after a poor start to the season.

“I know the rivalry,” he said. “We are the rivals. We have to win every game but especially this game. It starts with yourself.

“Act as a team, follow the results and the principles and you gain confidence.”

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Ten Hag: glaziers want to win

United are looking to revive their struggling campaign at a time of intense pressure on the Glazer family, the club’s owners.

Protests are planned against the owners ahead of and during Monday’s clash with rivals Liverpool and Sir Jim Ratcliffe has publicly declared his interest in buying the club.

Asked about the protests against the Glazer family, Ten Hag said: “I can only say that the owners want to win and the fans, we want them behind the club.

“I can understand sometimes but I’m not that long at the club so I can see all the circles, but we have to fight together so we have to be united and fight together.”

“Ronaldo remains in our plans”

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With Anthony Martial’s recent injury, will the Frenchman or Cristiano Ronaldo start against Liverpool on Monday?

Anthony Martial returned to training ahead of the game but his availability is unclear after injury, increasing the chances of Cristiano Ronaldo returning.

There is endless speculation over the star’s future, but Ten Hag is still counting on the 37-year-old for the upcoming season.

“I don’t know why he’s particularly focused after Saturday,” he said.

“It was the performance of the team and the attitude of the whole team, including Ronaldo.”

Pushed on whether he could guarantee Ronaldo will still be at United on September 2, Ten Hag added: “He’s in our plans so that’s all I can say.”

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