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Manchester City outplayed Manchester United in the Manchester derby. The visitors showed their class by defeating the Red Devils 3-0 at Old Trafford. United failed to produce enough chances and were no match against the reigning champions. Erling Haaland scored a brace before Phil Foden added a third to put more misery on the home side. Fans have criticized the tactics of Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag after the embarrassment in the derby. Moreover, Ten Hag has caught the media’s attention after his strict punishment for the United players went viral.

Ten Hag was reportedly furious at his players for their second-half display against Manchester City. So, let’s dig deeper into this saga.

Erik Ten Hag’s strict punishment after embarrassing defeat against Manchester United


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Manchester United’s 3-0 home defeat to arch-rivals Manchester City has raised a lot of question marks for their manager, Erik Ten Hag. Apparently, the manager was furious with his players and their lackluster performance. It left the team in the eighth position in the Premier League table. After that, he made his players sit and hear the Manchester City celebrations, which were happening on the opposite side of the tunnel after they returned to their changing room at Old Trafford.

The Dutch manager wanted his MUFC players to listen to the away supporters, who were applauding their heroes after battering the United side. United failed to create enough chances in the game and were lucky that the game remained 3-0. Andre Onana made several crucial saves to deny the City from extending the lead.


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Despite winning their last three games in all competitions, Manchester City schooled United in a one-sided affair. Erik Ten Hag is under immense pressure after United’s recent catastrophic form. Fans and pundits have made their frustration visible to the club. Let’s take a look at United’s recent form.

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Manchester United’s inconsistent form this season

Manchester United has been in poor form this season. The 13-time Premier League winners are 8th in the league, eleven points adrift of league leaders, Spurs. They managed to get their first win in the Champions League at home to Copenhagen after losing against Bayern Munich and Galatasaray. The lack of attacking firepower has caused a lot of trouble for the Red Devils. Marcus Rashford, who scored 17 goals in the league last season, has only scored one goal in ten league games. United has only scored eleven goals in ten matches.

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The Red Devils will need their superstars to get back to form and deliver the goods. With fixtures getting more and more troublesome, will Manchester United turn their season around?


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Mohd Rumman Chak


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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA video games helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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