Facing immense scrutiny, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is returning to Anfield, the site of his lowest moment in charge, where his team suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat to Liverpool last season.
Despite the haunting memories of that dismal day, Ten Hag has opted not to subject his players to a review of the painful match.
With half of their games lost this season and a recent Champions League exit, United’s form under Ten Hag has come under severe criticism, and the pressure is mounting.
As they prepare to face Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders, United fans are apprehensive about the potential for further misery.
However, Ten Hag revealed that he has chosen to focus on the future rather than dwell on the past debacle.
“I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” said Ten Hag. “It was last season, it was the past. What we can change is the future. Sunday is a new game.”
Acknowledging the challenging nature of Anfield, Ten Hag expressed confidence and motivation, emphasizing the need to fight and challenge for a positive result.
Despite the painful memories of the previous encounter, he sees an opportunity for his team to prove themselves.
However, with up to 11 players unavailable, including key figures like Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Anthony Martial, and Mason Mount, United faces a formidable task.
Even with a full squad, the team’s recent form raises doubts about their ability to secure a respectable result.
Responding to questions about the demanding expectations at United, Ten Hag stressed that winning is an obligation, both at Ajax and Old Trafford.
Despite the challenges, he asserted his commitment to meeting the high standards, acknowledging the necessity of being at the top consistently.
As United grapples with a crisis, underperformance, and a depleted squad, Ten Hag finds himself under increasing pressure, with the spotlight intensifying on his managerial tenure.