Ten Hag responds perfectly after Graeme Souness made ‘intolerable’ Man Utd remark

The Red Devils team’s performance has significantly improved since the previous time they visited Anfield, under the direction of Manchester United’s manager.

Erik ten Hag must take practically all of the credit for Manchester United’s extraordinary improvement since their last match at Anfield.

The Dutchman would have been disturbed with what he seen as a Ralf Rangnick-led Red Devils side was put to the test and defeated 4-0 by perhaps their most ferocious rivals, even though he was not yet in the hot seat at Old Trafford.

United found themselves 2-0 down inside 22 minutes after goals from Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah before Sadio Mane added a third and Salah capped off the dominant display by securing his brace. The travelling Red Devils faithful could barely watch as Liverpool ran riot.

After the game, the fall-out was brutal from a United perspective. They were in the firing line from fans and pundits alike, with Graeme Souness particularly scathing when reviewing the performance for Sky Sports.

“If you were to pick a strongest eleven [out of the two teams] I wouldn’t pick a Man United player in that eleven,” the Liverpool legend claimed.

“You just cannot put a United player in that team and it shows how far off they are. Man United are a truly enormous club on the world stage, and how far they’ve dropped has been exposed again.”

Manchester United were humiliated last time out at Anfield

While Rangnick was seriously questioned in the aftermath, it was the players who took pelters from Souness as he went on: “No one holds up a mirror and asks if they’re part of the problem. Managers come and go these boys get the manager sacked for fun.

“Right now that group have taken United to where they are. Man United are magnificent, one of the greatest football clubs in the world for what they’ve achieved, the disasters they’ve been through… They should not be struggling with a group of players like that it’s not acceptable.”

Well, fast forward just shy of a year and United are struggling no more. In fact, ahead of this Anfield showdown, it is actually Liverpool that come into the contest the more wounded of the two.

Klopp’s troops languish as low as sixth in the table, while United are being discussed as outside contenders for the title as well as boasting a 10-point advantage over their Merseyside enemies.

Ten Hag has overseen a remarkable turnaround during his relatively brief time in the Old Trafford hot seat and United, 11 months after suffering humiliation on the same ground, go into this clash at Anfield believing they can come away with what would be a vital win.

Souness’ claims were brutal but fair, though they don’t ring true to the current crop of United stars, who have seemingly fully bought into Ten Hag’s project and are desperate to go the distance for the Dutchman, starting with a win at Liverpool.

Man Utd fans love Steve McClaren’s comment to Erik ten Hag immediately after FA Cup win

After Wednesday’s FA Cup victory over West Ham, Steve McClaren lauded manager Erik ten Hag, and Manchester United fans couldn’t contain their joy.

With Said Benrahma’s opening goal, the Hammers were only 15 minutes away from advancing to the quarterfinals. Alejandro Garnacho and Fred’s late goals handed Ten Hag’s team the victory after Nayef Aguerd’s own goal had leveled the game.

As coach McClaren walked down the Old Trafford dugout steps after the game, he appeared to praise a bashful Ten Hag for the manager’s “winning mentality,” something clearly appreciated by supporters. The recently-crowned Carabao Cup winners have lost just once in 2023 and have picked up 23 points from 10 Premier League games since the World Cup.

“So wholesome also that Ten Hag shies away from taking the credit,” one Twitter user said in reply to the footage. Another quite simply said: “Ten Hag has turned the club around.”

“I have realised something amazing about Ten Hag,” wrote another. “After every game, he always waits up to congratulate the bench and his staff until every one of them exits. Always giving them credit to a job well done.”

There was a lot of appreciation for McClaren as well, including mentions of his accomplishments when serving as a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff during his initial tenure at Old Trafford. “I admire McClaren. He’s using ETH to accomplish incredible things, and it takes a lot to allow the apprentice to become the master! “a follower wrote.

Erik ten Hag and his coaching staff led Man Utd to Carabao Cup glory

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire spoke of the half-time words from the manager which helped inspire the late comeback. The Red Devils remain unbeaten at Old Trafford since September, when they lost to Real Sociedad in a Europa League group game.

“He [Ten Hag] went fairly strong, to be honest, he knew we had to up it,” Maguire told MUTV. “We knew it, or we’d lose the game. To come out as well and for them to score a great goal, although we thought it was out. I know you have to play to the whistle and I’m sure we’ll get a telling-off from the manager, but the last 30 minutes we found something.

“The crowd sucked the ball into the back of the net at the Stretford End. It was a tough game. The first half we weren’t at our best, a bit slow, I don’t know why. Maybe Sunday, with the celebrations, as we lacked a little bit of tempo. We spoke about the game, tonight was all about winning and progressing.”

Next up for Ten Hag’s team is a Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday followed by the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash with Real Betis. They will take on Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-finals, hosting Marco Silva’s side shortly after the second leg of their European tie in mid-March.

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