Ten Hag: Man United must show 'right attitude' in Liverpool clash

‘You have to bring it every game’: Erik ten Hag tells his Man United stars they must show the ‘right attitude’ in Monday’s crunch clash with Liverpool – or his philosophy as head coach will count for NOTHING

  • Manchester United are in desperate need of a win against Liverpool on Monday
  • Erik ten Hag’s side suffered defeat in their first two league matches of the season
  • The Dutchman insists his philosophy is futile if the ‘right attitude’ isn’t shown

Erik ten Hag insists his footballing philosophy at Manchester United will continue to prove futile if his players fail to show the ‘right attitude’ on the pitch.

United head into their Monday night clash with Liverpool in desperate need of a victory after losing their first two Premier League matches of the season.

Ten Hag’s reign as head coach has got off to a disastrous start, with an opening 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton followed up by a calamitous 4-0 thrashing away at Brentford – in which his side fell four goals behind in under 40 minutes.

Erik ten Hag says his philosophy means nothing if Man United fail to show the ‘right attitude’

The Dutchman will be hoping for a more spirited display from his side when Liverpool visit Old Trafford, having been left unhappy with their attitude in his first two games at the helm.

‘I think I made myself clear. I was definitely not happy,’ he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

‘In football you can talk about philosophy but you need the basic stuff, right attitude and I didn’t see it from minute one.

‘You have to bring it every game, especially Monday.’

United suffered damaging defeats in their first two Premier League matches of the season

Ten Hag admits he was ‘not happy’ with their attitude in both losses and is calling for more

United are poised to land their biggest signing of the summer United after Sportsmail revealed Casemiro is on the verge of completing a £60m move from Real Madrid.

The Brazil midfielder will not be available in time for Monday’s fixture, and Ten Hag refused to comment on his arrival until the deal is over the line.

Instead, he stressed once again that his players need to show greater fight against Liverpool, admitting it would make his job a lot easier.

When asked how his week has been, Ten Hag said: ‘It’s a week as normal for a manager when you see the game, you have a plan and then you analyse and see what is wrong and what is good. 

‘Obviously a lot went wrong but we don’t have to talk about anything when the attitude is not good.

‘I take notice of some criticism. Some of it is good advice and some of it is not that good.’

He then added: ‘We work from game to game. Now it’s Liverpool and obviously we know what happens when it’s Liverpool and we’re Man United. You have to fight yourself into the season and be ready.

‘It’s not difficult to motivate yourself. From the start of the season we worked really well on the training pitch.’

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