- Manchester United collapsed to a shock 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth at home
- The result piled pressure on Erik ten Hag, who understands supporters’ anger
- There’s a lot of anger at Man Utd – it’s them against the world! It’s All Kicking Off!
Erik ten Hag has admitted he understands the boos from Manchester United supporters after their side’s shock 3-0 defeat by Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
United were brought back down to earth with a resounding crash after their humiliation on home turf left them adrift of the Champions League places.
An early breakthrough from Dominic Solanke handed the in-form visitors the lead, before goals from Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi piled on the misery for United.
The full-time whistle was greeted with resounding jeers from the remaining Red Devils supporters and post-match, Ten Hag insisted he empathised with their anger.
‘I understand that they are disappointed and frustrated,’ Ten Hag said. ‘We all are. We have to do better and we have to do it every game.’
Erik ten Hag admitted he understood the frustration of Manchester United supporters
United crashed to a shock home defeat by Bournemouth to pile the misery on boss Ten Hag
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The United boss went on to shoulder the burden for his side’s miserable display.
‘I have to take responsibility for it,’ he added. ‘We are really inconsistent. We have the ability but we have to do it every game. You need consistency.
‘We can play a very good game against many opponents. We are able to do it but you have to do it every third day. Get it right and the demands are of a certain standard.
‘We have to go to higher standards to deliver it every third day.’
The victory marked Bournemouth’s very first triumph at Old Trafford and condemned United to an 11th defeat in 23 games this season, with seven arriving in the top-flight.
A teetering United next host Bayern Munich in the Champions League before a trip to current leaders Liverpool, a ground they have not triumphed at since early 2016.
Goals from Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi (left) earned the visitors the win
Bruno Fernandes picked up a cheap caution and will miss next weekend’s trip to Liverpool
‘I think, as a squad, we are not good enough to be consistent and we have to work as a squad to improve that,’ Ten Hag said, in a damning assessment.
‘We are really inconsistent, we have the abilities to do it, but you have to do it every game and every third day.
‘As a group, we have to improve. We have to get tougher, that we are ready for the game, from the start.
‘I said on Friday, it can’t be in this league if you are not playing on the highest levels, because you get killed.
‘That’s what happened in the five minutes and then you are following facts.’