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‘This can’t happen in the future’ – Ten Hag fumes at ‘unacceptable’ Man Utd loss to Cadiz

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United, was furious with his team's "terrible" performance in a 4-2 friendly loss to La Liga minnows Cadiz on Wednesday night.

With several of their teammates away on international service at the World Cup, a handful of second-string players had an opportunity to impress the Dutchman.

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However, none of them were able to capitalize on their opportunity, as the defense conceded two terrible goals in the first 15 minutes, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Martin Dubravka, Victor Lindelof, and Brandon Williams all looking particularly rusty.

And Ten Hag singled out the first 15 minutes of the game as their weakest phase, with the Manchester United manager stating that “this can’t happen in the future.”

“It’s apparent we weren’t alert, we were asleep in the first 15 minutes,” Ten Hag said after the game to MUTV.

“They posed a threat during the transition period.” We were not alert for the second goal, had a horrible rest defense – especially in the midfield – and were run off. It’s not conceivable, and it’s unacceptable.

“Also, the first goal, a set play, poor organization and discipline, you concede a goal.” After then, we entered the game but were unable to equalize before halftime.

“The first 15 minutes cannot and should not occur.” That is not our benchmark. We’ll talk tomorrow. Draw a line and move forward because this cannot happen again.”

10 Hag made sweeping changes at the interval, with ten youngsters replacing the more experienced starting XI.

After Antony Martial scored from the penalty spot in the first half, Kobbie Mainoo equalized to make it 2-2, but Cadiz scored two more goals before the match ended.

And Ten Hag was glad to see the Manchester United kids infuse some zest into the Red Devils’ performance, even if they lost the game.

“We are dissatisfied with this game. Of course, even when you lose, there are always some positives, but today there are more disadvantages,” Ten Hag continued.

“They provided energy. They flee and fight. They may not always be in the appropriate organization, and they make mistakes, but they are not accustomed to competing at this level.

“So it was an excellent lesson that tiny mistakes can have major effects.” That’s exactly what happened, and you’ve lost the game.”

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