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Crystal Palace 4-0 Man Utd: Erik ten Hag criticizes the team as Casemiro has a night to forget

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Image caption, Erik Ten Hag saw his Man Utd suffer the heaviest defeat of the season

  • Author, Andy Cryer
  • Role, BBC Sports

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for Manchester United, they do.

United’s 4-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Monday puts Erik Ten Hag’s men in real danger of missing out on a European place for next season as unwanted records continue to plummet.

The loss leaves them eighth in the Premier League and outside the European places – although a win against Man City in the FA Cup final would guarantee a place in the Europa League.

And despite the fact that ten players from the first team were injured, Ten Hag got nothing out of it.

“It is clear and it is clear,” he said. “This is underperforming.

“We didn’t act the way we wanted to and it’s not nearly good enough.”

How bad is it?

  • These are the most defeats United have suffered in a Premier League season (13)
  • United have never finished below seventh in the Premier League and are currently eighth.
  • Since the start of last season, only Nottingham Forest (five) have lost more away games in the Premier League by a margin of four goals or more than United (three).
  • The thrashing at Selhurst Park was United’s heaviest defeat of the season
  • United have conceded 81 goals in all competitions this season, the most in a season since 1976/77 (also 81).
  • They have not finished a season with a negative goal difference since the 1989–90 Division One season. Currently they are at -1.
  • United’s expected goals average on Monday was 0.35 – their second worst of the season

‘One of the worst coached teams in the Premier League’

Ten Hag’s future as United manager has been under discussion for months, despite the Dutchman still having a year left on his contract.

They took ten points from their last eleven Premier League games and conceded late goals against Fulham, Brentford, Chelsea, Liverpool and Burnley in that run to cost them ten points.

Ten Hag says he is facing an injury crisis unlike anything he has experienced in his entire managerial career, but pressure will increase on new owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe to clarify Ten Hag’s situation.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has little sympathy.

He said: “This is one of the worst coached teams in the Premier League, that’s a fact. Ten Hag needs performance, he needs faith.

‘You have to make us believe there is something there. I would expect Man Utd’s under-23 team not to lose 4-0 like that. I’ve been coached by some of the best coaches and a lot of what I see here is just wrong.

Everton’s former United defender Ashley Young added: “If they perform like they did tonight they will miss Europe.

“If they’re not willing to at least run around, they’re going to get into trouble. It has been a season with ups and downs, but tonight too many players were not at the right level. Palace made it look like men against boys.

“I think it’s as bad as it can get.”

‘A deserved defeat’

United’s players received a thunderous ovation from a defiant away support at the end of the match, but that was certainly not due to the level of their performance.

“As Man Utd we should perform better,” Ten Hag told BBC Match of the Day. “The players who were available should do better. It is a deserved defeat. The performance was not what we expected.

“We cannot concentrate on just one player (Casemiro). We have to concentrate on the team performance. This was not right. We have to put it right on Sunday. We have to learn from this match and improve.”

“You have to stick together. You have to take responsibility. The fans have given us such enormous and wonderful support.”

They host Arsenal next in the Premier League on Sunday, increasing speculation about Ten Hag’s future.

“I will keep fighting and I prepared the team as best I could and it wasn’t good enough, not nearly good enough,” the United boss told Sky Sports.

“I have to take responsibility for that, but I will find energy and prepare them for Sunday’s match.

“We have had huge problems all season and this is now the fourth defeat in this calendar year, so that is not much and each time we have had huge problems and often we solved it. Today we did not do that.” .”

An injury crisis left United with a makeshift back four and it was an overnight centre-back that Casemiro will be keen to forget.

The former Real Madrid midfielder was in turmoil as Palace’s impressive duo Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise enjoyed a memorable evening.

The 32-year-old impressed in his first season at Old Trafford but has struggled with his form this term.

Carragher said: “I think Casemiro should know tonight that he only has three games left at the top level. The next two league games and the cup final, he would have to think: I have to go to MLS or Saudi.

“This has to stop because we are looking at one of the greats of the modern era. I always remember the saying: ‘Leave football before football leaves you’. Football has left him. At this top level he has to call it a day at this level and moving.

“The level of that player, he shouldn’t do this to himself. He’s too good a player to put in such a performance while being laughed at by Crystal Palace. He has to put an end to it.”