Ten Hag will hope his Manchester United side bounce back like Sir Alex Ferguson's did after City trouncing
Erik ten Hag isn’t the only Manchester United manager to have seen his side concede six goals against Manchester City in a Premier League match.
As well as the Dutchman, Sir Alex Ferguson was also on the receiving end of a battering from the Citizens.
But the task for the former Ajax manager is to follow in the legendary Scotsman’s footsteps and respond to the humiliating defeat to our fierce rivals in the same manner we did 11 years ago.
Ten Hag will hope his Manchester United side bounce back like Sir Alex Ferguson’s did after City trouncing
Having lifted our 19th league title in 2010-11, it was expected that Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City would be our closest contenders the following campaign.
Heading into the clash at Old Trafford on 23 October 2011, the Red Devils sat second in the table with 20 points from our opening eight league games. While City sat top with 22 points from as many games played.
With City leading 1-0 at the Theatre of Dreams through a Mario Balotelli strike, United were reduced to ten men following a straight red card for Jonny Evans just after half time.
A second goal for Balotelli and a Sergio Aguero strike put our noisy neighbours into a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Darren Fletcher reduced the deficit but two goals from Edin Dzeko and a David Silva strike inflicted Manchester United’s worst home defeat since February 1955.
Fast forward 11 years, and it was Ten Hag’s side who were on the receiving end of a pummelling from the Citizens.
For the second time already in Ten Hag’s brief reign, United went into half time 4-0 down.
But unlike Fergie’s side, the 52-year-old’s team weren’t a man light, and unlike in 2011, Pep Guardiola’s side took their foot of the gas which allowed Anthony Martial to make the scoreline slightly more respectable by netting a late brace.
For Ten Hag, he has to take inspiration from how Fergie managed to use the embarrassing defeat to City as inspiration to put together an impressive run of results.
From United’s next nine Premier League games in 2011 we picked up 25 points, and we headed into the New Year’s fixtures level at the top of table with City with 45 points from 18 games.
Now we all have painful memories of how that season finished, but that’s the challenge that Ten Hag faces with his current crop of players, can he trigger a response similar to what came after the Brentford battering, and put together an impressive sequence of results.
Back in 2011, Fergie’s United got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Everton.
Ten Hag’s United travel to Goodison Park on Sunday night to face a buoyant and in-form Toffees side.
The United of 2022 will have to show character and togetherness to bounce back from being put to the sword by City, but this football club has done that before, and it needs to do it again.