What Ten Hag said about his squad after yet another poor performance

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reacts.

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Erik ten Hag admits his Manchester United squad isn’t good enough to be consistent after their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth.

The high of a convincing win over Chelsea during mid-week lasted only until Saturday at Old Trafford, as United were sunk to their 11th defeat of the season by the Cherries, who before that afternoon had never won against United away from home in the Premier League.

The issues of United being vulnerable in transition and lacking any ideas going forward that dominated the headlines after their defeat at Newcastle last week once again came to the fore, as Bournemouth kept the hosts’ forward quiet and bypassed their midfield with ease almost every time after recovering possession, leading to plenty of goal-scoring chances at the other end.

Ten Hag believes his Manchester United squad isn’t good enough to be consistent

After registering an eye-catching xG of 4.48 against Chelsea, United were fortunate to not concede more goals than that figure before the full-time whistle against Andoni Iraola’s men.

Ten Hag touched on the issue of his side being consistently inconsistent in his post-match press conference, stating (via Sky Sports):

“I think, as a squad, we are not good enough to be consistent and we have to work as a squad to improve that. As a group, we have to improve, we have to get tougher, be ready for the game, from the start. I said it can’t be in this league if you are not playing on the highest levels, because you get killed.”

With Bayern Munich and Liverpool on the horizon, it seems the Dutch coach will have to wait at least a bit longer before he gets to see them put together a consistent run of results and performances.