Roy Keane feels Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag “threw the towel in” in Liverpool flogging
Manchester United icon Roy Keane feels Erik ten Hag “threw the towel in” with the changes he made in the flogging against Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s team scored seven past the Red Devils to claim a historic win at home. The Anfield side overwhelmed the Old Trafford side in the second half of the match as the Dutch manager looked on from the sidelines.
Speaking after the 7-0 loss on Sky Sports (h/t Manchester Evening News), Keane, who captained United during his playing career, wanted to see the Red Devils be more solid after the game was out of sight.
“United today, when it was three or four you take your medicine. You take your loss, you’re disappointed, but they were just so open. The manager tried to make substitutions and basically just threw the towel in.”
Instead, even though the Merseysiders were cruising, our players seemed to care more about going forward than tracking back. In the end, we were left open at the back and were punished.
Cody Gakpo opened the scoring for Liverpool late in the first half. After the break, Liverpool came out with all of their might and found the back of the net twice in quick succession.
Ten Hag brought on the likes of Alejandro Garnacho and Scott McTominay at around the hour mark. However, that did not help much as Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez beat David de Gea.
When Klopp’s team had a five-goal advantage, Tyrell Malacia replaced Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer came on for Casemiro.
Defensively we were all over the place. Towards the end of the match, the Anfield side were afforded loads of space to attack United. The Egyptian took advantage of that to get his brace and become the Merseyside outfit’s all-time leading goalscorer in the PL.
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The Red Devils’ misery was compounded as Roberto Firmino scored in the 88th minute. While Ten Hag can be forgiven for looking to find solutions, the players’ effort in the second half was abysmal. Hopefully, it serves as a wake-up call for some of the superstars in the team.