Erik ten Hag has his verdict after Manchester United suffers fourth loss of the season against the Eagles
According to the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano via X (formerly Twitter), Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United have nobody but themselves to blame for the loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday night.
The outcome means that, for the first time in club history, the Red Devils have now lost four of their first seven Premier League contests. Additionally, it indicates that United have had their poorest seven-game league season start in 34 years.
Ten Hag naturally aired his resentment after United’s most recent defeat. After Joachim Anderson’s game-winning goal, the Dutchman lamented his team’s “poor” decision-making at set-pieces.
🔴 Ten Hag: “We conceded only three chances over the whole game – all three from set-plays”.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 30, 2023
“Then I think we got in good positions and then made poor decisions. We’ve to blame ourselves”, told MUTV. pic.twitter.com/F8dYSTsVrv
Ten Hag later told MUTV via Fabrizio Romano:
“We conceded only three chances over the whole game – all three from set-plays”
“Then I think we got in good positions and then made poor decisions. We’ve to blame ourselves”
After consecutive victories in the Premier League and Carabao Cup over Burnley and Crystal Palace, Ten Hag had some breathing room, but the weekend’s setback brought us back to square one.
Manchester United will need to bounce back quickly because they still have a ton of games left before the break for international competition.
Jordan Ayew appeared to be going nowhere over on the right when Sofyan Amrabat, starting his first league game and drafted in at left-back since all other choices were unavailable, tripped him up to give up the free kick that resulted in the goal.
It may be argued that Ten Hag’s players overperformed last season, but he needs to see some success before the heat mounts and fans start to criticise him.
Ten Hag acknowledged that against Palace, United fell short in some key areas, and there has never been any question about whether Ten Hag is aware of the issue.
Sooner or later, the manager will need to take stock of the situation. Ange Postecoglou has come in and transformed Tottenham Hotspur while even Jurgen Klopp has reinvented himself following last season’s struggles. Just how long will Ten Hag be given the leeway before the hammers fall on him?
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How quickly Ten Hag will resolve the problem will depend on his ability. If not, United might be in for a very long season.