Danny Murphy has slammed Erik ten Hag for his reaction to Christian Eriksen’s recent injury.
Manchester United easily dispatched Reading in the FA Cup, winning 3-1 and securing their spot in the next round. But they didn’t walk away from the game unharmed.
Christian Eriksen had to be subbed off the pitch after a brutal challenge from Andy Carroll sent him to the ground. Fans were worried after the game when they saw the Danish midfielder on crutches and as you can imagine, Ten Hag wasn’t pleased.
The Dutch manager slammed Carroll for the tackle and the officials for not immediately sending him off.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Danny Murphy criticised the United manager for constantly ‘whinging.’
😡 Danny: “It’s whinging and whining!”
🤷♂️ Jim: “Ten Hag’s not whinging!
😤 Danny: “He is, because he brought up the elbow on Martinez!”
😳 Jim: “He’s lost Eriksen!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 1, 2023
“It sounds like he’s just winging, whining. You’re in the Premier League!” the former player said.
“Andy Carroll got sent off, by the way, but for a different challenge, he should have got sent off for that one.
“But the point is, let’s give this perspective, we are in a world now where creative attacking players are protected more than ever, more than ever!
“Very rarely do we see bad injuries from bad tackles, very rare, not many, and I think we’re in a good place because of that. I’m not saying we should go back to the old days where players can knock seven bells out of each other.
“I just don’t see why you would come out and winged about it when it’s just a consequence of playing football.
“He’s lost Eriksen and he’s disappointed and we don’t want to see bad tackles… but he is winging, because then he starts bringing up the elbow on [Lisandro] Martinez!
“I don’t mind him saying, ‘I’m disappointed with the tackle, it was naughty, Carroll should have been sent off, it was a bad, and I’m disappointed for Eriksen, but it’s football, it happens, that’s why we have a big squad and we’ve got to get on with it.’”