Erik ten Hag Explains His Decision to Berate Anthony Martial During Manchester United’s Loss
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, has provided an explanation for his decision to storm onto the touchline and berate Anthony Martial during the team’s recent loss to Newcastle. Martial had a particularly difficult game at St James’ Park and was substituted in the second half after just 61 minutes.
A Struggling Season for Martial
This season has been a challenging one for Martial, who has only managed to score one goal and provide one assist in 12 Premier League matches.
Ten Hag’s Reaction
Ten Hag’s outburst towards Martial was captured on camera, with the player arguing back. In his post-match press conference, the Dutch manager addressed the incident, stating, “It’s not about Antony Martial. It’s about the team. I tried to energize the team, to get a reaction from the team. In this moment, we had a tough period. When you are coaching, you are a little bit more aggressive, and that is normal.”
Criticism from Peter Schmeichel
This is not the first lackluster performance from Martial, as he was also criticized by Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel after the team’s 3-3 draw against Galatasaray. Schmeichel pointed out that when Martial was substituted, the pressure from the front disappeared, allowing the opposing team more opportunities to pass the ball around.