In the last week of last December, Sir Jim Ratcliffe announced the purchase of 25 percent of the ownership of Manchester United for about 14 thousand crore rupees. From then on, Ratcliffe’s Ineos Group took over United’s football-related operations.
Ratcliffe watched United’s game at Old Trafford for the first time in his third week of ownership on Sunday. But the Red Devils could not give victory to the new owner.
Despite going ahead twice against Tottenham in the Premier League match on Sunday, the United disciples finally stumbled. The United boss lashed out at the players after the 2-2 draw against the London club. Ten Haag has questioned the masculinity of defenders who concede goals, especially in corners.
United started playing aggressively from the beginning of the match against Tottenham. The result of which is also obtained quickly. Marcus Rashford dangerously entered the Spurs box in just 3 minutes. From there, the 20-year-old Danish forward got a goal when he backhilled to Rasmus Hylun.
Rashford had a chance to double the gap in the eighth minute. But that effort failed as the English star’s weak volley missed the target. After three minutes, Tottenham had two chances to turn the game around on the counter-attack.
Timo Werner’s header almost found the back of the net in the 11th minute. But defender Jonny Evans somehow managed to save United on that journey. United scored in the next minute when Rodrigo Bentancur headed in from a corner. This time Diego Dalot cleared from the goal line.
Despite surviving this journey, United were not saved in the 19th minute of the match. Brazil striker Hisherlison equalized with a great header from Pedro Porro’s corner. Rashford gave United the lead (2-1) in the 40th minute of the match. But the visitors equalized in the first minute of the second half with Bentancur’s goal. Tottenham nearly scored from two more corners in the match. But two of Spurs’ corners were blocked by the bar.
Scoring points from the lead twice, while repeatedly giving chances to the opposition from corners, United coach Ten Haag told his disciples, ‘You need to play more physical football. The ball must be cleared at the head. We couldn’t do that today. (Spurs’) second goal was also very ordinary. They messed us up with defensive passes. It can’t be.’
Then the United coach shook off his disappointment, ‘I’m really disappointed. It is disappointing to concede goals like this despite going ahead twice. But it has to be accepted.’
The new owner has watched United stumble from the Ratcliffe Stadium. Ten Haag also commented on this, where the United coach questioned the masculinity of the defenders, ‘He (Ratcliffe) may have seen the players fighting together to win the match. He also scored two great goals for us. But he should also see that when we turn corners, we have to be more assertive.’