Erik Ten Hag Pleads For Patience At Manchester United

Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has requested the membership’s followers to be affected person with him within the aftermath of yet one more disappointing outcome.

“It’s as much as them however it’s the reality,” the Dutchman stated after United’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday on the Vitality Stadium.

This was United’s fourth consecutive recreation with no win, following attracts with Liverpool and Brentford, and a defeat to Chelsea, which has left them slumped in seventh place within the Premier League desk.

United’s hopes of qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League are fading, and they’re now additionally vulnerable to lacking out on the Europa League.

“This outcome shouldn’t be sufficient,” Ten Hag stated on Saturday. “We all know that. We all know if you’re coming into the ultimate stage of the season, this isn’t sufficient. And the reality is, right now, we did not deserve extra.”

“If you happen to permit them so many possibilities within the first half, then as a group, you do not deserve extra. It’s important to take management. Do not permit them the possibilities. Take management of the sport and rating objectives for your self.”

“We on this second with all the issues we now have, we play to our ranges and we will play superb to our ranges. However it’s important to do it over the course of the sport till stoppage-time. Within the final 4 video games, we drop factors the place we frequently had been in profitable positions. Not right now. We had been in shedding positions and we fought again.”

Ten Hag tried to seek out some solace in the truth that United had twice come again from shedding positions. “We now have a group that’s resilient and has character,” he stated. “We wish to win. And twice we fought again, however we come into shedding positions and that is completely pointless. Completely pointless. We misplaced the ball thrice within the areas the place you shouldn’t lose it.”

Within the first half United had been dominated by Bournemouth, who had already overwhelmed them 3-0 at Outdated Trafford earlier within the season, and Ten Hag’s facet had been fortune to solely be trailing 2-1 on the interval.

“We weren’t at all times well-organised, particularly over the fitting facet,” he was pressured to confess. “There got here some gaps and the opposition may gain advantage from it. And we should always have achieved this higher.”

Ten Hag believes his gamers improved within the second half after they salvaged a degree with a penalty from Bruno Fernandes, awarded after Kobbie Mainoo’s deflected shot had struck Adam Smith on the arm.

“The second half was higher. We took extra duty after which we closed the facet. Within the second half there have been two issues I instructed them to do: keep within the formation, in place, do not get erratic, as a result of we’ll create a second. And the second was to do your job within the defending half.”

“We conceded within the final 4 video games three penalties and all of the penalties had been debatable, as additionally was the penalty we gained right now. It was additionally debatable. So we now have to be sincere.”

Ten Hag was significantly grateful for the performances from his former captain Harry Maguire, and his successor Bruno Fernandes.

“Harry Maguire was scuffling with a difficulty within the first half however we had been very happy he overcame that as a result of we have no extra centre halves. And also you see within the second half his management is coming in. He is guiding after which we’re extra closed.”

“Bruno scored twice. He is very artistic, and he offers a number of vitality to the group. So he is appearing as a captain, he brings vitality and we’re very happy with this.”