Ten Hag:  Manchester United are not in crisis despite Old Trafford defeat

Saturday, September 16th, 2023 21:19 | By
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. PHOTO/Metro UK
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. PHOTO/Metro UK

Erik ten Hag has insisted Manchester United are not in crisis and says they can turn things around if they stick to the plan.

Brighton comfortably beat United 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, condemning the hosts to their third defeat in their opening five league games. They have not started a campaign as badly for 34 years.

The Old Trafford crowd booed their players at full-time after a limp performance that followed an international break that saw Antony and Jadon Sancho taken out of the first-team picture.

Ten Hag felt United were unfortunate after VAR disallowed a first-half equaliser from Rasmus Hojlund after the ball went out in the build-up, but admitted he was concerned about his side's results.

Ten Hag's plea

"We must stick together and stick to the plan and the rules, and we will turn this around," Ten Hag said.

He added: "It bothers me [the form], but I have to see the way we play. It's about character, we have to see how strong we are and how the team sticks together. Players standing up and showing character because in all the games, especially the game today [Saturday] and against Arsenal and Forest, we have seen we can play well and create chances.

"But we also have some improvements to make and we have to step up."

Meanwhile, Manchester United have conceded two or more goals in each of their last four Premier League games, their joint-longest such run in the competition (also four from May-August 2001).

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