Ten Hag believes his side does not have what it takes to remain consistent at the highest level.
Erik ten Hag has expressed annoyance and disappointment at Manchester United’s humiliating 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Dutch tactician believes his side is “not good enough to be consistent” in the Premier League, as skipper Bruno Fernandes described their defeat as “not acceptable.”
Ten Hag condemned United’s approach to the start against Bournemouth as “no good” and “poor” and said his team is not at the level required of an elite team.
“As a squad, we are not good enough to be consistent,” the former Ajax boss said.
“I’m annoyed, disappointed, definitely. I expected something different. The way we started was no good. It was poor.”
Manchester United currently occupies the sixth spot on the English Premier League table and are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League, except they beat Bayern, and FC Copenhagen vs. Galatasary ends up in a draw on Tuesday.
So far, Ten Hag’s United has lost 11 games in all competitions, the same number of games that they have won. In the Premier League, they have lost seven out of sixteen games.
One player that has come under heavy criticism for his performance against Bournemouth is Anthony Martial, but Ten Hag was quick to take responsibility for selection, insisting that the whole team failed.
“Two weeks ago against Everton, he (Martial) played a very good game. He absolutely has the competences and abilities to play, so I don’t think it’s fair after a performance like this to go to one player. We as a group failed altogether,” Ten Hag said.
“As a group, we have to improve. We have to get tougher. We have to be ready for the game.
“In this league, if you are not playing on the highest levels you get killed.”