Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez led half-time inquest at Etihad Stadium
For the second time during Erik ten Hag’s start to life at Old Trafford, the Red Devils found themselves 4-0 down at half-time.
Fifty days after the humiliating 4-0 hammering at Brentford, the twenty-time league champions had been torn apart in the first 45 minutes yet again.
After winning four successive Premier League games, which included wins against Liverpool and Arsenal, it was hoped that United had turned a corner and Ten Hag’s side were able to show thick skin in challenging moments.
But once again, United folded like a deck of cards and if it wasn’t for Pep Guardiola’s side taking their foot of the gas at 6-1, United could have found themselves in the record books for all the wrong reasons.
Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez led half-time inquest at Etihad
Manchester United eventually lost 6-3 to the Citizens, but there were some choice words said among one and other at half-time.
But instead of Ten Hag leading the half-time rant, Fernandes, who was wearing the captain’s armband, and Martinez reportedly went on a furious tirade which the Dutchman welcomed.
According to The Sun, Fernandes and Martinez’s rant could be heard down the Etihad corridor by City staff.
The former Ajax manager said after losing his first Manchester derby that the playing and coaching staff would have the opportunity to lay into one and other at Carrington yesterday.
The 52-year-old was surprised by his side’s lack of belief, and it seems that he wants everyone to get anything or everything they have to say off their chest, and then draw a line under the chastening afternoon.
United travel to Cyprus on Thursday to face Omonia Nicosia in our third Europa League Group E game and Ten Hag will demand a response from his beleaguered group of players.