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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