Know Manchester City humbling a reality check for United, says Erik Ten Hag
Manchester United were put through a reality check in their 6-3 win over Manchester City but are ready to bounce back after learning their lessons, manager Eric ten Hag told Omonia on Thursday.
Four straight wins under Ten Hag promised better times but Pep Guardiola’s humiliating afternoon against City United were pulled back to reality after the “It’s a reality check and you have to learn from it and move on,” Ten Hag told reporters on Wednesday. Stay true to our philosophies and principles.
You will experience setbacks. We beat Arsenal, we beat Liverpool. Sunday we had a bad day in the office. City were better and we have to accept that. But we cannot accept unacceptable performance.
“We can get a lot of confidence by beating Arsenal and Liverpool, but now we’re getting a reality check from Man City. Thanks Pep and City for the lesson.
Ten Hug have dismissed the link between Cristiano Ronaldo, who was not called up from the bench in the Manchester derby, and the Portuguese striker’s future at the club. Ronaldo, who is making his second appointment at United, has only started one league game this season and has been linked with a move in the summer transfer window.
Said he wasn’t being replaced out of respect when he was losing 0 or 6-1. It has nothing to do with his future at the club,” Ten Hag said. “I don’t think he’s unhappy. He trains well and enjoys being here.
“He’s not happy he didn’t play on Sunday. Don’t get me wrong.
United started the Europa League with 1 win and 1 loss in their first two games in Group E. With three points, they are in second place, three points behind leaders Real Sociedad, while Omonia are at the bottom with no points yet.
Ten Hag’s side will be without Rafael Varane in their trip to Cyprus on Thursday after the centre-back suffered an ankle injury against City on Sunday. Also absent are Captain Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donnie Van de Beek.
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