Omonia boss gives his verdict on Manchester United's hammering against Manchester City
Omonia Nicosia manager Neil Lennon believes Manchester United’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City was the worst possible result for his side.
Having won four successive Premier League games heading into Sunday’s Manchester derby, the Red Devils were pulled apart by the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium.
But with the twenty-time league champions having another eight games in October, Ten Hag’s side have the opportunity to bounce back from the chastening afternoon against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Neil Lennon gives his verdict on Manchester United’s hammering against Manchester City
With back-to-back games against Omonia, who lost both of their first two matches, to come in the Europa League, Ten Hag will be targeting six points against Lennon’s side, which will put United in a good position of securing the all-important top spot with two games remaining.
In the Europa League, the top side progresses automatically to the knockout stage of the competition next year, while the runners-up meet a third-placed team from the Champions League in a play-off.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Lennon felt that United’s humbling against City was likely to provoke a response.
The former Celtic manager said: “The result at the weekend was probably the worst result we could have had because they’ll be hurt and wounded, and there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal.”
During his playing days, Lennon played 12 times against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United across his spells with Leicester City and Celtic.
Back in November 2006, Lennon captained Gordon Strachan’s Celtic side to a 1-0 win against Manchester United at Celtic Park in the Champions League.
A certain 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo started that game.