Ten Hag: We have to blame ourselves

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, believes that his side to blame for the defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton comfortably beat Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. “Did you see [us at] Arsenal? Did you see [us at] Spurs? They could have been the other way,” said Ten Hag.

“We have to correct it by ourselves. We can’t blame anyone else. We have to do better, be more resilient and be more determined to get these wins.”

“We are disappointed and I think it’s normal, especially when you have seen the game. Such head-to=head, such small margins.

“In the first half, we created a lot of chances but we didn’t score and they scored on their second attack, their first chance and we concede a goal. “The first 20 minutes was very good. I think we had the chances, in the first half, I think we played very well but we didn’t score. We didn’t finish.”

Manchester United players were booed by the Old Trafford crowd at full-time. Ten Hag felt that they were unfortunate after VAR disallowed a first-half equaliser from Rasmus Hojlund after the ball went out in the build-up.

“In this period, we have to deal with setbacks and the disallowed goal, just before half-time, it was not our day, not our period.

“We fought back and then we get a goal, or at least we thought we got a goal and then it was disallowed.

“It’s difficult, it’s not falling on our side but it will change. The moment before half-time can get you back in the game.”

“The second goal was probably their second chance of the game. You have to deal with it and look at the team and who has the character, who is taking the lead, taking the initiative in this moment.

“It is difficult to deal with it but you have to do it. As I’ve said, stick to the plan, stick to the rules. You have to believe, you have to fight as a team and we will turn it [around].”

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