‘They were embarrassed… the manager got it wrong!’: Robbie Mustoe SLAMS Man United boss Erik Ten Hag’s tactics in first-half thrashing of rivals City… as Robbie Earle insists all their hard work in last four games. was “undone in 45 minutes”
- Man United were dominated in the first half and went in down 4-0 at the break
- City went up within eight minutes through Phil Foden, who scored a hat-trick
- Erling Haaland also scored twice in the first half and finished with three goals
- And Robbie Mustoe blamed Erik Ten Hag for the worrying United display
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Following Man City’s first-half destruction by their rivals Man United, Robbie Mustoe had some strong words for manager Erik ten Hag, as he accused the Dutchman of misunderstanding his tactics and said the team were “embarrassed”.
City raced out to a 4-0 half-time lead behind two goals each from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, who both finished with a hat-trick, as United were cut apart all over the pitch en route to a 6-3 loss.
Antony pulled a goal back for United in the 56th minute with a stunning left-footed strike before Anthony Martial scored a brace from the bench, but it did not change the outcome of the match after a poor display from the Red Devils in the first. half
“We admire a manager who trusts his players and says, ‘we’ve won the last four, we’re going to do the same thing again,'” Mustoe said on NBC Sports. “This is different, isn’t it?”
– He misunderstood. The manager knows the profile of those fielders. He knows that Antony will not go back and help that side, they are destroyed on that side.’
Erik Ten Hag’s side were carved apart in the first half at the Etihad Stadium
– They were embarrassed. And the main reason I said Rebecca, about the lineup, is midfielders. The back four were stretched like crazy, but when you have midfielders who want to just attack and don’t want to defend and protect the back four.
— Kevin de Bruyne breaks free, runs wild and destroys the team, because all the forwards are for city.
Ten Hag started the match with Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay in central midfield with Bruno Fernandes up front as relentless City piled the pressure on United.
De Bruyne assisted Haaland for two goals in the first half as Jack Grealish ran rampant down the left flank as well, causing problems for Antony and Diogo Dalot. The right back picked up a yellow card in just the second minute.
Six minutes later, City went ahead through a clever Foden finish.
“This is a United comeback from the first two games,” said Mustoe’s colleague Robbie Earle. “All that hard work is undone, all those points they have … it’s gone in 45 minutes.”
— This is looking like the bad old days of Manchester United again, who shocked Ten Hag at half-time. He has work to do in that dressing room to at least stop the rot and make sure they don’t concede too many goals… but the players have to take responsibility too. They failed him today.’