Erik ten Hag questions Manchester United defending as target set for club’s youngsters

Ten Hag slams “sleeping” United players

Erik ten Hag accused Manchester United players of “sleeping” amid their disastrous start against Cadiz.

United were 2-0 down after just 13 minutes through goals from Carlos Garcia and Anthony Lozano as Anthony Martial converted a penalty before half-time. Ten Hag replaced all ten outfielders at half-time and Kobbie Mainoo levelled things up quickly, but Cadiz eventually ran out 4-2 winners.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Teden Mengi and Brandon Williams were all starting under Ten Hag for the first time. Williams conceded a free-kick Cadiz led from and Wan-Bissaka was a bystander for the second goal that came from his side, leaving Ten Hag to criticise the starting team during his post-match interview.

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Iqbal shares target for United youngsters

Zidane Iqbal says adapting to different conditions against European opposition will help fellow youngsters.

Manchester United travelled to Spain for their warm-weather training camp and they played Cadiz on Wednesday night. United were defeated 4-2 in the friendly match, but it was an opportunity for the Reds&apos young players to play in front of first-team manager Erik ten Hag.

Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Kobbie Mainoo got on the scoresheet and Iqbal was another youngster to make a statement after winning a penalty, which Martial converted, early in the first half following an excellent run into the area, However, the Spaniards made their experience count upon the restart.