Erik ten Hag happy to back Manchester United’s defence after loss to Arsenal


    Erik Ten Hag
    Manchester United boss ten Hag said his team have put their loss to Arsenal behind them (Picture: Reuters)

    Erik ten Hag insists he has every faith in his Manchester United defence and says his squad have put their loss to Arsenal behind them.

    United have seen their fine post-World Cup form stutter slightly in the past week, with Michael Olise’s late free-kick denying them victory at Crystal Palace before Eddie Nketiah’s last-gasp winner for league leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

    But boss ten Hag, critical of some of his side’s defending in that match, said before tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final, first leg at Nottingham Forest: ‘We left it (the Arsenal loss) behind.

    ‘We set the right conclusions then we have to move forward and quickly because tomorrow is a big game so focus on that.’

    Asked if defence is an area of concern, the Dutchman said: ‘No, because I think a lot of games we did very well. Against Man City we defended very well. I think, in general, also in Arsenal, we defended very well. They didn’t get clean shots.

    ‘There was only one time from a free-kick. For the rest, it was only shots, cutbacks, shots from distance.

    ‘That’s what I meant – all the goals were avoidable so it can’t happen.

    ‘When you concede three goals in a top game, then it’s really difficult to win a game. It can’t happen. We have to learn and to take this lesson.’

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