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Erik Ten Hag slams ‘sleeping’ Man Utd for Cadiz defeat

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The Red Devils suffered an unexpected defeat in their first friendly match in Spain.

Erik ten Hag has admitted Manchester United “got run off” in their 4-2 defeat against Cadiz on Thursday. 

The Red Devils started their preparation camp in Spain with an unexpected defeat. 

Cadiz scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the game. United then got back into the game through an own goal and a strike from Anthony Martial.

Ten Hag played with 11 different players in the second period, but the result was underwhelming at best. The La Liga side scored two more goals to beat Man Utd on home soil.

“It is quite clear. We were not awake, still sleeping, in first 15 minutes,” he told MUTV. “They are a threat in transition. We have seen, the second goal can’t happen. 

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“We were not awake in the defence but also in the midfield we got run off. It’s not possible and it’s not acceptable.

“After that, we came into the game and got a penalty. I think it was a clear one and I think maybe the second half we deserved another penalty, but the first one was a clear one. 

“We came in the game, but we couldn’t make the equaliser before half-time.”

Man Utd have travelled to Spain without 15 players due to the World Cup. The Red Devils have also decided to keep Jadon Sancho out of their squad for the friendly matches.

Ten Hag’s men will continue their camp with a friendly match against Real Betis on Saturday.