Manchester United Coach Erik Ten Hag has now turned on his players for a lack of maturity in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle, MySportDab reports.
Newcastle had 22 shots in total during the game compared to United’s six and were in control long for most of the match.
In the second-half, goals from Joe Willock and Callum Wilson sealed the win and helped the Magpies move into third position.
Now, Ten Hag has slammed his players and admitted that Newcastle ‘wanted the win more’.
‘I totally agree that they wanted to win the game more,’ said Ten Hag.
‘They were very determined, more aggressive and showed the right desire.
‘It’s shocking that we failed match the determination of the opponent. If you want to win games like this, you must be mature, and we were far from that.’
Ten Hag added: ‘You are 1-0 down and decide to risk it all. We created a good chance with Anthony Martial but failed to take it. It is always difficult when there’s not enough time.’
Speaking after the match, Luke Shaw said: ‘I think Newcastle are a very good team but they did not win the game today based on quality. Cleary, they were more motivated.
‘I won’t say too much, but the players had a chat after, as it’s down to us on the pitch. We were obviously not good enough and we had to speak to each other.
‘It’s been coming, before the break we stopped performing. The levels now are not good enough and not acceptable.’
Manchester United remain fourth in the table and could still win the FA Cup and Europa League.