Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag acknowledged that the Old Trafford crowd lets its disappointment known with boos toward the players and the support staff after they were humbled 3-0 by Bournemouth in a Premier League match on Saturday, December 10.
The Old Trafford faithful were in disbelief as Bournemouth scripted a sensational 3-0 win, their first at iconic Manchester United home ground. Dominic Solanke played a pivotal role in Bournemouth’s triumph, scoring a superb opener that set the tone for the rest of the match. His performance, along with goals from Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi, ensured that Bournemouth would leave Manchester with three points and a place in their club’s history books. The win was a testament to Bournemouth’s recent form, securing their fourth victory in five league games.
Manchester United’s home record this season has been less than stellar, with the loss to Bournemouth bringing their tally to five wins, zero draws, and four losses at Old Trafford. This inconsistent form has seen them gather just 15 points from their home fixtures, a stark contrast to the fortress that Old Trafford once was. It was a stark contrast from last season’s performance as well as Manchester United had lost only one home game throughout their league campaign, but Manchester United have lost 4 before the halfway mark this season.
The crowd’s reaction during and after the match was telling. As the final whistle blew, boos echoed around the stadium, a clear indication of the supporters’ dissatisfaction with the team’s performance. The frustration was palpable, with some fans even cheering the substitution of Anthony Martial, who had been struggling to make an impact on the game. Erik ten Hag, who had suggested that United were not in crisis earlier in the week, faced the music as the defeat to Bournemouth undeniably constituted a crisis for the Red Devils.
“I feel sorry for them because they are always behind us. They expect more from us. And we have to do it from the first whistle,” Ten Hag The atmosphere at Old Trafford was reflective of a fanbase that has grown weary of underwhelming displays.
‘WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH’
And Ten Hag did not mince words when he called for overall improvement from the squad. It was a disappointing display for Manchester United, who were hoping to build on their 2-1 win over Chelsea earlier in the week.
“I think, as a squad, we are not good enough to be consistent and we have to work as a squad to improve that. We are really inconsistent, we have the abilities to do it, but you have to do it every game and every third day,” he added.
Manchester United have very little time to reflect and regroup as they face a must-win situation in their Champions League against German giants Bayern Munich on December 12. Bayern were also handed a 5-1 shock defeat over the weekend by Eintracht Frankfurt in a Bundesliga game.