Erik ten Hag explains what he told his Manchester United players at half-time and gives Varane update

Manchester United went in 4-0 down against Manchester City at half-time at The Etihad.

United won the second half 3-2, with the game ending 6-3 to City, a defeat with the damage done in the first 45 minutes.

Manager Erik ten Hag was shell shocked by the result, telling the club website the performance was ‘unacceptable’.

He explained that he wanted to change the team’s mentality at half-time.

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Ten Hag explains what he told United’s players

Erik ten Hag explained to the club website that he had to settle his players down after the first 45 minutes at The Etihad.

Ten Hag explained: “First, I had to change the attitude of the team. I think that was the reaction in the second half, we were more brave, we came into their half, we created chances, and we scored three goals.”

United scored three in the second half through Antony, and a brace from Anthony Martial.

But with United’s defence faltering, the Red Devils simply had too much to do after conceding four in the opening 45 minutes, and saw City score another two after half-time.

It was good to see United refusing to give up, despite the hammering, the players did not let their heads drop, and Ten Hag will have noted this.

Varane injury update

Raphael Varane was substituted off in the 40th minute with an injury with Manchester United struggling. He was replaced by Victor Lindelof.

Ten Hag did not put a timeframe on a potential return, but hinted it was not a significant problem.

He said: “You get him off because when you are 4-0 down, you don’t want to take a risk to get a bigger injury. 

“But I think it’s that big, the injury, that he couldn’t carry on.”

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