During Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday, manager Erik ten Hag provided insight into why he passionately confronted Anthony Martial on the touchline.
Martial’s lackluster performance led to his substitution in the second half, with Rasmus Hojlund taking his place after just 61 minutes.
Having struggled throughout the season with only one goal and one assist in 12 Premier League fixtures, Martial faced Ten Hag’s animated criticism during the game.
Responding to questions about the incident afterward, Ten Hag stated, “It’s not about Anthony Martial. It’s about the team.
I tried to energize the team, to get a reaction from the team. In this moment, we had a tough period. When you are coaching, you are a little bit more aggressive, and that is normal.”