Erik Ten Hag Dismisses Concerns About The Team’s Defensive Prowess


Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has denied rumors about his team’s shortcomings in defense.

Concerns arose after United struggled to keep Arsenal in a 3-2 defeat at the Emirates.

For most of the second half, the Red Devils were held down by Arsenal and were spotted camping in their penalty area.

However, the team’s resolve was broken in the final minutes after Eddie Nketiah’s precise shot struck David de Gea from close range.

According to Opta, the Gunners recorded 63 touches in the United penalty area — a season record.

United also conceded a high expected goals score (xG) of 3.1, which is second after a 6-3 defeat to Manchester City at the start of the season.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Carabao Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag immediately threw nonsense, pointing out that his team is weak defensively.

The Dutchman adhered to a more balanced and holistic point of view and reflected on the reliable play of his players in defense before the defeat by Arsenal.

Ten Hag said: “No, I think in many games we defended very well, we had a lot of dry matches. Against Man City [in the 2-1 victory at Old Trafford] we defended very well. I think overall we defended well against Arsenal as well.”

“I don’t think Arsenal had a lot of accurate shots, I think once [they did it] from a free kick. But otherwise it was shots from afar, when there were a lot of defenders between the ball and the goal.”

“That’s what I meant when I said that all the goals can be avoided, and it can’t be. That was my point of view, when you concede three goals in a top match, it’s very difficult to win the game.”

The United boss added that both the players and the coaching staff have learned from the mistakes made at the Emirates.


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