Since hiring Erik Ten Hag as manager in 2022, Manchester United has spent approximately 400 million pounds ($501.84 million) on new hires.
However, following yet another appalling performance on Saturday, the Dutchman declared his team was insufficient.
Any hope that United had gained from a win against Chelsea in midweek, which had moved them up to sixth place in the Premier League, only three points behind champions Manchester City, was shattered by a 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth. Bournemouth controlled the game nearly the entire duration and could have won with more goals than those scored by Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing, and Marcos Senesi.
Ten Hag’s future is once again in doubt as United has now lost four home games in the Premier League and eleven in 23 games across all competitions this season.
With his face gloomy in the pouring rain, he later claimed that his team had not begun the match correctly.
“I think, as a squad, we are not good enough to be consistent and we have to work as a squad to improve that,” he said.
“We are really inconsistent, we have the abilities to do it, but you have to do it every game and every third day.
“As a group, we have to improve. We have to get tougher, so that we are ready for the game, from the start.
“I said on Friday it can’t be in this league if you are not playing on the highest levels because you get killed.”
At the final whistle, United’s supporters expressed their emotions through jeers, and Ten Hag expressed his sympathy for them.
“I feel sorry for them because they are always behind us,” Ten Hag said. “They expect more from us. And we have to do it from the first whistle.”
The display was unacceptable, according to Captain Bruno Fernandes, who was booked and will not be travelling to Liverpool next week.
“We did many things wrong today, at all levels, technically and intensity wise, Bournemouth were much better than us,” the Portuguese said.
“We are not consistent enough if you want to be in the top spots. I understand the fans’ frustrations.