Erik ten Hag fires back at Jamie Carragher after scathing Man Utd criticism | Football

Ten Hag questioned Carragher’s objectivity (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has hit back at Jamie Carragher, accusing the Liverpool legend of a lack of objectivity following his damning criticism of Manchester United.

United turned in a dismal display as they fell to their 10th Premier League defeat of the season against Fulham on Saturday.

Analysing their performance on Monday Night Football, Carragher said United had ‘defended like a team I have never seen before’, trying to ‘press high with a deep block’ to leave their midfield woefully exposed.

The former Liverpool star also insisted United have shown no successful patterns of play, labelling ten Hag’s tactics ‘impossible’.

Speaking ahead of United’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest, ten Hag was quizzed on those comments, firing back at the Sky Sports pundit who he suggests has been critical of him from ‘the first moment’.

‘First of all, some analysts are very objective in their comments, very good advice,’ Ten Hag said.

‘Some are very subjective. Jamie Carragher from the first moment on has criticised and now he wants to make his point.

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United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Fulham (Picture: Getty)

‘Probably in the first half an hour, yeah, he had a point. Fulham in their midfield set up surprised us a little bit and then we have to find the solutions. After half an hour we found the solutions.

‘I was not pleased with the performance with the defending, especially on the left side, how we did the pressing because they came out, especially in the first half an hour.

‘Several times on the left side and that can’t happen and that has to do with willingness, spirit, passion. That was in the previous weeks very good for this team and therefore, we won football games.

‘I know footballers are not robots, sometimes they have bad, days. But it can’t be, it’s unacceptable, we have to do better tomorrow but in the weeks before we have done very well.’

United take on Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday night for a place in the FA Cup quarter-final, having lost there in their final game of 2023.

They then head into a huge Manchester derby away to City on Sunday afternoon.


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