ERIK TEN HAG has revealed the reason behind the substitution of Kobbie Mainoo against Nottingham Forest.
The score was 0-0 with the 18-year-old on the pitch with neither team able to create a significant breakthrough.
Man Utd’s defence then fell apart as two passes dropped to the edge of the area – the position a defensive midfielder should be occupying to cut out danger – resulted in goals for the home side.
After the game Ten Hag confirmed Mainoo’s substitution was due to tactical reasons and that he had “no regrets” over the move.
He doubled down on the sub by trying to justify McTominay’s introduction.
The Dutchman explained: “Scott [McTominay] brought energy, I think the second half was much better on our side.
“The first goal, when you analyse it well, has nothing to do with the midfield.
“The second goal came from poor communication.”
Furious fans were unhappy at the explanation.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one fan said: “This man is just so lost.”
A second said: “Okay. Time to go then We’ve had enough.
“How can you call that tactical while bringing in McTominay that offers absolutely nothing.”
A third said: “Sack him on the spot.”
Another said: “This guy has lost it.”
A fifth added: “Tactical to show Fergi & Sir Dave how bad McTominay is..”
Red Devils fans were also fuming at Anthony Elanga after he pointed to the Nottingham Forest badge when he was subbed off late on.
Man Utd’s horror year was compounded by stats revealing that the 21 defeats they have suffered in all competitions in 2023 is their worst since 1972, when they lost 25.
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