‘The penalty changed the moment’: Erik ten Hag reflects after United lose against City
Erling Haaland’s double helped Manchester City secure derby day delight as lifeless rivals Manchester United were outclassed in an embarrassing home defeat.
The eyes of the footballing world were on Old Trafford as the neighbours met in the 191st Manchester derby and first since Pep Guardiola’s men matched their 1999 treble triumph.
Haaland scored a spot-kick and unmarked header before playing in Phil Foden to wrap up 3-0 victory, yet City’s dominance was far greater than the scoreline suggests.
It was an abrupt end to an unconvincing three-match winning run in all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s United, who have now lost five of their 10 opening Premier League games.
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Erling Haaland ensures a defeatist Man United are dismantled in the derby
Had this not been at a grand but crumbling Old Trafford, and bedecked in all the regalia of what is supposed to be one of the Premier League’s biggest games, most watching on would have fairly dismissed it as another routine Manchester City win over some mid-table side way below them.
Instead, this 3-0 defeat at home will send Manchester United back into crisis, and provoke even more questions about Erik ten Hag.
There is a growing sense he is struggling to come up with answers. Mitigating circumstances only go so far when United have just offered up City’s second-easiest win of the season, in what is supposed to be the fixture that means the most. Only Fulham were beaten by more, but it still felt like they put up more of a fight. So did relative European minnows in the modern game such as Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys Bern. They only lost 3-1 to the European champions.
How United would have valued even the reprieve of the goal here. City were simply so much better than them without even needing to be that good.
Full report from Old Trafford by Miguel Delaney:
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 17:47
Unfair Erling Haaland vs Jonny Evans contest sums up everything wrong at Manchester United
There was a time when Manchester City won at Old Trafford and it was Jonny Evans’ fault. This wasn’t it; not really, not when he was a cause of defeat but, more than anything, a symptom of Manchester United’s malaise. A decade into life after Sir Alex Ferguson, with well over £1bn spent, with more than £400m going on new players in Erik ten Hag’s reign, the man challenged with stopping Erling Haaland was Evans, the final throwback to Ferguson’s era.
Haaland escaped him and eluded him. Evans left him utterly unmarked to head in Bernardo Silva’s cross for his second goal, even if the mitigating factor was the presence of Rodri; he wandered off to police the Champions League final scorer instead. Evans left him again when Haaland set up Phil Foden for City’s third; when Andre Onana parried Rodri’s shot, Evans was caught dozing, the striker speeding past him to tee up the Mancunian.
Nor was Evans near Haaland when Onana made a brilliant save from the Norwegian on the stroke of half-time. When the forward darted in behind an altogether slower defender, the goalkeeper turned rescuer, clawing away a shot. Haaland was rampant. It was only Onana, with perhaps his best performance in a United shirt, who denied him a second derby hat-trick. And yet it was all eminently predictable. It was an unfair contest; but then it was always going to be. Evans did as well as could be expected, which is to say not very.
By Richard Jolly at Old Trafford
Jamie Braidwood29 October 2023 17:52
Manchester United vs Man City player ratings as supreme Bernardo Silva makes Old Trafford his own
Erling Haaland scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in the first Manchester derby of the season in the Premier League.
Haaland opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Rasmus Hojlund grabbed a hold of Rodri in the box, and it was only goalkeeper Andre Onana who prevented City taking a bigger lead into the break.
Haaland was denied by Onana at the back post but the Norwegian made no mistake in the second half as the excellent Bernardo Silva set up his 11th Premier League goal of the season.
Haaland had a chance to complete his hat-trick, but chose to set up Phil Foden to add City’s third. There were boos at full-time after United’s latest poor display, while Bruno Fernandes and Antony were booked for petulant tackles near the end.
Here are how the players rated at Old Trafford.
Jamie Braidwood29 October 2023 18:04
Fernandes should lose captaincy at ‘toxic’ Man United – Keane
However, manager Erik ten Hag largely appears in favour with the ex-Old Trafford stars, despite overseeing a start to the Premier League campaign which has tallied five defeats in ten matches, leaving the Red Devils eighth in the table and and 11 points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur, past the quarter mark of the campaign.
“The first thing I’d do, I would definitely take the captaincy off him, one hundred per cent. I know it’s a big decision but Fernandes is not captain material,” he said. “A talented player no doubt, but after watching him again today, we’ve discussed this before.
“His whinging, moaning, throwing his arms up constantly – it’s really not acceptable.”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 19:57
Man Utd v Man City reaction
Gary Neville says it’s still right to stick with Ten Hag at Man United.
“Course there’s pressure, we’ve seen it before with Moyes, Mourinho, Van Gaal. I think Ten Hag should continue 100 per cent. Today wasn’t one of his best days in midfield but hte reality is the performances have been so poor the last few months: battered by Brighton, lucky against Brentford and Copenhagen.
“I can’t quite see a way out of it in performance levels but changing manager? That’s not where I am at. He’s hitting the same issues Solskjaer did: doing well in a cup, signing players to go to the next level and [falling off].”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 18:51
Man Utd v Man City reaction
Roy Keane says Bruno Fernandes should be stripped of Man United captaincy:
“The first thing I’d do, I would definitely take the captaincy off him 100%. Fernandes is not captain material, a talented boy no doubt but we’ve discussed this before. his winghing, moaning, throwing arms up constantly – it’s really not acceptable.
“When you make change you talk about boardroom level, but the manager can do this. The manager can hold his hands up and say I got it wrong – he’s everything you don’t want in a captain.”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 18:42
Man Utd v Man City reaction
“It’s toxic, they all think they’re going to lose their jobs. That’s what’s happening and I believe the toxicity at this club eats alive every player and has done for years,” Neville says.
“What he’s doing on the training pitch has got nothing to do with the club takeover,” counters Jamie Carragher.
Roy Keane wades in on transfer work: “We’re well aware United have to pay over the odds but it feels too much for some of them. They lack physicality, they’re like children out there. Too many who have come in for the fees involved haven’t done the business.”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 18:35
Ten Hag happy with gameplan despite 3-0 defeat
Ten Hag pressed on boos from the crowd with his striker Rasmus Hojlund being subbed and on being miles off Man City:
“Hojlund is playing every game and he’s not used to it. You have to protect those players as well and the team, you have to bring new energy.
“You can’t say it like that. The gameplan was good but it changes in the game and you have to act. You have to use your bench, bring more offensive power on the pitch.
“Last year we were same situation. We have to forget this game, recover for Wednesday. We played three times this year against City and played all times very good. First half today was very good and the chances were similar and they got the first goal.”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 18:25
Ten Hag offers no comment on Man City penalty
Erik ten Hag on the penalty first half: “I don’t have a comment on that.” Pressed on whether it was soft or a mistake from Hojlund, he simply reiterated his answer.
“Our gameplan, first half we were very disciplined. On the second goal we make a mistake, a wrong decision and we do not recover quick.
“They make a great goal but it started with us making a wrong decision.”
Karl Matchett29 October 2023 18:16
FULL TIME! Manchester United 0-3 Man City
I think these two look quite happy with today’s win.
Jamie Braidwood29 October 2023 17:35