Manchester City staff ‘heard furious half-time inquest from Man United dressing room with Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez RAGING at their team-mates that they lacked belief’ during crushing 6-3 defeat
Bruno Fernandes and Lisandro Martinez reportedly led Manchester United’s half-time inquest after they were humbled during the opening 45 minutes of their 6-3 defeat to Man City.
United, who had won their four prior Premier League matches, more than met their match as City ran away with a 4-0 lead going into the break during Sunday’s clash.
The Sun, have reported that City’s staff could hear the rage coming from United’s dressing room during the interval.
Manchester United suffered a humbling 6-3 defeat to their local rivals on Sunday afternoon
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scored hat-tricks as City romped away to take victory
It’s said that Fernandes and Martinez could both be heard, fuming at their team-mates that they lacked belief.
City looked miles better than a disjointed United, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both scoring a brace during the first-half with some brilliant world class football.
It looked as though United’s half-time team talk had worked when Antony got one back, before Haaland and Foden made it 6-1 with both men securing their hat-tricks.
United did get two more goals from substitute Anthony Martial, but only after it appeared that City had taken their foot off the gas by making four changes after the 75th minute.
It was said that the dressing room was much more quiet after they went back following the full-time whistle.
Manchester City’s staff could reportedly hear Fernandes and Martinez raging at half-time
Fernandes hit out at his team after the game saying their attitude and belief ‘was not the best’
Fernandes in his post match interview, did acknowledge that the attitude and belief displayed by his team ‘was not the best’.
He said: ‘The attitude and the belief from the beginning was not the best and that caused us many problems and made us concede early goals.
‘After, we have to run back the result and the second half was much better.
‘We keep control more, we control the game more. Whenever we have the ball we are more brave.
‘We are really disappointed but now it’s time to focus on the next game and understand that we have to get back to the performances that we did before — in the belief and everything, in the togetherness principle — and understand that this cannot get us down.’
Martinez was heard joining in with Fernandes during United’s half-time inquest on Sunday
It was the second time this season that United had been 4-0 down at the break, following their defeat by the same scoreline to Brentford back in August.
After the humiliation by Brentford, manager Erik ten Hag held a team meeting the following week, where he invited everyone to speak their mind.
He revealed after the loss to City, that there would be the same offer, after what he described as an ‘unacceptable’ performance.
The Red Devils boss said: ‘It’s quite simple, it’s a lack of belief.
‘We were not brave enough, made tactical mistakes and then got hammered.
‘When you don’t believe on the pitch you can’t win games, that is unacceptable.’
United next face Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday, before they face an in-form Everton at Goodison Park, who not lost in their last seven matches in all competitions.