Manchester United’s glum stars reported for training on Monday to face the wrath of furious manager Erik ten Hag in the aftermath of their 7-0 drubbing by Liverpool.
Beaten 5-0 by Liverpool last season, United’s stars were then given the day off by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but there was no such hiding place on Monday at Carrington.
Ten Hag, according to the Manchester Evening News, arrived at 7am to prepare to see his players two hours later as Casemiro, Alejandro Garnacho and David de Gea, who covered his face from cameras, led the miserable stars arriving.
De Gea and his defenders had a miserable day, conceding seven goals and Luke Shaw followed the lead of his goalkeeper by bowing his mirror to avoid being snapped by photographers.
Not since 1931 have United been humbled 7-0 and so Ten Hag will be eager to wipe the slate clean ahead of a crucial Europa League first leg against Real Betis on Thursday.
Casemiro cut a miserable figure as he drove into Manchester United training on Monday
Youngster Alejandro Garnacho zipped his hood almost over his face as he arrived at 9am
David de Gea, who conceded seven goals at Anfield, used his mirror to hide from cameras
Ten Hag gave himself plenty of time to decide his approach to Monday morning having arrived well before his players, and the faces of his stars suggested they turned up fearing the worst.
Garnacho had the hood of his white zip-up pulled right up, striker Wout Weghorst looked uneasy and a deflated Diogo Dalot looked miserable as he turned into the training ground.
If Ten Hag’s remarks in the aftermath at Anfield are anything to go by, Sunday’s battering is unlikely to be glossed over in a hurry.
‘The result is quite obvious,’ the Dutchman said on Sunday. ‘It’s unprofessional.
‘But I think it’s a huge difference in Brentford (in August). We were 4-0 down at half-time, so we started the game very bad.
‘Today, first half, I think we were the better team. First half, we created the better chances and we had two one-on-ones with the goalie and they hadn’t.
‘Then before half-time we make one mistake (in terms of) organisation and we concede a goal, so I think we were in the game.
‘So, it was really a surprise for me that after half-time we so quickly gave the game away.
‘First two goals, two defensive transition moments. First was a turnover, second was a counter.
‘We make such bad decisions, a matter of decisions on the ball. That was with the first one obviously but then how we anticipate, how we concede that goal is really annoying.
‘Then the third was a counter, also so unprofessional about decisions, not following in, then running in, moving forward, giving the space away in the back end of midfield, not tracking back. And especially that one, not tracking back.
Luke Shaw followed the lead of his goalkeeper as he too evaded cameras with his mirror down
Striker Wout Weghorst looked pensive on arrival as players prepared for Erik ten Hag’s fury
Jadon Sancho was an unused substitute at Anfield, watching the demolition from the sidelines
Tyrell Malacia did come on as a late substitute but the game was already out of hand by then
‘Then it’s 3-0, then the game’s lost. Then as a team you have to stick together and that is what we didn’t do and that was a surprise for me.
‘I haven’t seen this from my team I don’t think it’s us. I don’t think it’s Manchester United, so that’s really bad and poor.’
Ten Hag was seething as he spoke in the bowels of Anfield, telling the press conference that United’s players ‘didn’t cooperate anymore together and they didn’t fulfil their jobs’ in the second half.
The group are in for an uncomfortable review at Carrington on Monday, with the Dutchman demanding a response against Real Betis in Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first leg.
Asked if the players had offered an explanation about their second-half display, Ten Hag said: ‘No, I didn’t give them the chance until now. I think we have to talk about that.
‘I have only given my opinion about it. We will talk about it tomorrow.
‘But then I know this team will reset and we have to bounce back. We have shown in the past we can.’
Fred sipped a drink on arrival and United’s players are set for a grilling by their manager
Anthony Elanga wore a concerned look on his face as players prepared for Monday’s training
Sunday was a tough afternoon for Diogo Dalot, given he got no defensive help from Antony
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