Published On: Sun, Sep 17th, 2023
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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag accused of having a ‘wind up’ for excuses after Brighton loss | Football | Sport

Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has taken aim at Erik ten Hag for having a “wind up” after pointing the finger at Manchester United‘s players for the dismal 3-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday. The Red Devils have made a slow start to the new season, including fortunate wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest.

And that poor form continued on their first game back after the international break as Brighton recorded an impressive win at Old Trafford. Ten Hag opted for a different formation to his usual 4-2-3-1 system with Bruno Fernandes playing out of his usual position through the middle.

The United boss felt his players stuck to the unique game plan well straight after kick-off, but was not impressed that they failed to continue doing so after Brighton’s opener. But Ten Hag has come in for heavy criticism of his own with United now picking up just six points from their opening five league games.

Keys feels the Dutchman has “failed” at Old Trafford and couldn’t believe the United manager was blaming his players. “I had to read this twice to be certain it wasn’t a wind up,” Keys wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Is this guy for real? I say again – he’s taken Utd nowhere nor will he while he always blames his players. It’s very simple. He’s failed. He hasn’t got a clue what’s he’s trying to achieve.”

Things don’t get any easier for United now as they travel to Germany for their Champions League opener against Bayern Munich this week. But Ten Hag is hopeful that his side will be able to turn things around quickly heading into the match on Wednesday.

“We have to fight back, stick together in this moment. It will pass away,” Ten Hag said.

“It’s not coming but we have to work for it and we have to believe in it and then we will turn it [around].

“We have to analyse this game, see where we have to improve and then we go to the next opponents.

“It’s a different competition, in Europe, we are looking forward but it is a great opportunity.”

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