“[What went wrong?] Lack of belief. I’m surprised we didn’t bring it on the pitch,” Erik ten Hag told straight after the 6-3 defeat to Man City, as quoted by the Guardian.
“It’s four weeks ago [United’s last league game] but I had seen a different team, a different spirit and offencement [sic]. Today we didn’t have offencement, we were not on the front foot and we were not brave in possession.
“It’s difficult [to explain the performance] straight after the game. I need to talk to my players. They know they can do better. If you don’t fight – and we didn’t – you’ll have a problem against a team like Man City.
“I don’t think you can compare this [to the Brentford game]. Against Brentford we didn’t run; today we didn’t follow the principles, we were indisciplined. Once again, it was a lack of belief.”
Man United were comprehensively outplayed by their rivals, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden registering a hat-trick each.
This ends United’s four-game winning streak in the Premier League, a run that included a convincing win over the league leaders Arsenal.