Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, Fred, Casemiro, and Luke Shaw all came off the bench ahead of Ronaldo,
with the Ten Hag insisting afterward that the 37-year-old did not deserve"I wouldn't bring him out of respect for Cristiano, because of his great career," Ten Hag said.
"The other thing was the advantage of being able to bring in Anthony Martial. He needs minutes but I don't want to point it out like that.
Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored hat-tricks as City ended their run of four consecutive Premier League victories.
Martial came off the bench to score twice after Antony pulled one back in the second half, but The Hag said the damage was done during a disastrous.
first half and accused his players of showing poor attitude from kick-off.
"It's quite simple, it's a lack of faith," Ten Hag added.
"When you don't believe in yourself on the pitch, you can't win games; that's unacceptable. We're undisciplined in following the rules and you get hit, that's what happened today."
We've let our fans down, we've let ourselves down and we're hugely disappointed."
City, meanwhile, extended its unbeaten start to the season,