MANCHESTER: Marcus Rashford defended Manchester United’s performance in a historic 7-0 win over Liverpool, with the Red Devils’ top scorer blaming a second-half meltdown on a lack of organization.
United equalized their heaviest defeat in a competitive match and their worst since 1931 at Anfield after conceding six goals in the second half.
“We didn’t give up, that’s nonsense,” Rashford said at a press conference ahead of United’s Europa League round of 16 first leg against Real Betis on Wednesday.
“We were disorganized, yes, the communication was bad, yes, that’s why we conceded the goals.
“But I think everyone was trying to get back into the game, so much so that we strayed from the team’s principles on and off ball possession.”
Bruno Fernandes was criticized for his attitude as captain of the weekend.
The Portugal midfielder has been skippered by Ten Hag regularly this season as club captain Harry Maguire has slipped down the pecking order.
Fernandes frequently reprimanded his team-mates and even shoved one of the assistant referees in his frustration.
But Ten Hag confirmed he will remain captain if Maguire is not selected.
“I am very happy to have Bruno Fernandes in my team and very happy that when Harry is not on the pitch, Bruno Fernandes is our captain,” said the former Ajax coach.
United had lost just once in 22 games before being mauled by Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Ten Hag have already ended a six-year wait for silver by lifting the League Cup and United remain in the hunt for two more trophies in the Europa League and FA Cup.
“We’ve seen the game, we have to reset and hit back,” added Ten Hag.
“We win together, we lose together. We made a mess on Sunday and we have to deal with it.” -AFP
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