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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag blasts team’s ‘leaders’ in nod to Ronaldo ahead of Liverpool | Football | Sport

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has blasted his team’s leaders in a transparent nod to Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool on Monday night. The Red Devils are set to welcome Jurgen Klopp’s side to Old Trafford after suffering defeats by the hands of Brighton and Brentford of their first two matches of the season.

Ten Hag’s United tenure got off to the worst possible start after his team lost 2-1 at home to the Seagulls on the opening weekend of the campaign. And the Dutchman then watched on because the Red Devils produced one in all their worst displays of the Premier League era because the Bees chalked up 4 goals without reply on the Brentford Community Stadium last Saturday.

Based on The Mirror, Ten Hag has since spoken to a core of players, including Ronaldo, and has demanded they step up. And the previous Ajax manager admits he’s dismayed by the shortage of leadership in his squad.

“When the attitude is just not good from the team, often the leaders should not there because they’re those who give the instance and go in front,” Ten Hag explained ahead of Liverpool’s visit. “That may be a point we now have to work on. I all the time work with a bunch of leaders, not one specifically. I spoke with the leaders about this issue.

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“It isn’t acceptable when you possibly can’t deliver for yourself, for the team, for Manchester United and for all of the fans of United. That is just not the usual for United and truly it is not my standard. We’ve to alter that. We do not accept this.”

United were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford last season as Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick after Naby Keita and Diogo Jota had netted for the Merseyside giants. And Ten Hag will need Ronaldo and his other senior aces to prove they’ll cut it against the most effective players in English football if his side are to avoid further ignominy in front of their home fans.

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