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Man United continue investigation into Manchester derby drubbing… with players eager to see the ‘aggression’ they showed against Liverpool as a template for coming back from their grievous defeat
- Manchester United lost the derby to Manchester City on Sunday 6-3
- The players are frustrated with how they performed in that match
- They feel like they lacked confidence because they were completely outplayed
- The team has already come back from a heavy defeat this season
- On that occasion they beat Liverpool just a week after losing to Brentford
- The party wants to use that achievement as a template to get back on track
Manchester United players have spoken of using their performance against Liverpool as a template to bounce back after Sunday’s derby humiliation.
Erik Ten Hag and his team had an awkward DVD replay of their 6-3 thrashing in Manchester City on Monday, a performance that left players screaming in frustration as they struggled to compete with their fierce rivals.
Despite a run of four Premier League wins brought on by their 2-1 win over Liverpool last month, Ten Hag pointed to a lack of confidence in the wake of Sunday’s defeat.
Captain Bruno Fernandes was very frustrated with how Man United played on Sunday
Lisandro Martinez was also angry about the team’s performance against Manchester City
Losing 4-0 at halftime, United’s dressing room could be heard in City’s hallways as players such as captain Bruno Fernandes and defender Lisandro Martinez screamed in frustration and expressed anger at their own performances.
“There was no confrontation with other players, it was just pure frustration with our own performances,” said an insider in the locker room. “We tried to cheer each other up, because that first half we weren’t, that wasn’t what we had built up. As the manager said afterwards, we lacked confidence, but we shouldn’t have.
“There was just amazement at our own lack of attitude, what we showed against Liverpool, for example, just wasn’t there. Sometimes you just can’t comprehend it. The aggression we showed against Liverpool just wasn’t there. There was a lack of togetherness.
“We just didn’t have that fighting stance from the start and that cost us the game because once it was City’s turn it was difficult for us to get into the game.”
Erik Ten Hag feels his side against City lacked faith, and the players agree with his view
Those details were underlined by Ten Hag and his staff on Monday as they dissected the display in the post-match analysis.
The discussions focused on how they should use the Liverpool match as their example to move forward – underscoring the lack of energy they showed in the press in comparison, winning individual fights and staying together as a team.
United have a chance to set things right against Omonia in Cyprus on Thursday, before traveling to Everton on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been pushing for inclusion alongside Anthony Martial and Casemiro from the start.
Victor Lindelof is also expected to start alongside Lisandro Martinez in defense, while Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane were out of first-team training on Wednesday morning. Aaron Wan Bissaka and Donny van de Beek were also absent. Youngsters Toby Collyer, Isak Hansen-Aarøen, Omari Forson and Maxi Oyedele were called up for experience.
Cristiano Ronaldo lines up Thursday for a rare start after not attending Sunday’s derby