Ten Hag denies Man United is in crisis after latest Premier League loss
Losing 3-1 to Brighton on Saturday, Erik ten Hag’s team wrote its name into the club’s history books for the wrong reasons.
It was no surprise then that the United manager was asked afterward if this losing run represented a crisis.
“No,” was his response. “But we have to be very disappointed, and we have to be very annoyed with ourselves. Because at United the demand is you win games.”
United’s fans certainly seemed annoyed. First they jeered when $82 million striker Rasmus Hojlund was replaced by substitute Anthony Martial in the second half. And there were more boos after the final whistle blew.
The result left United 13th in the standings with six points, while Brighton moved up to fourth, just three points behind leader Manchester City.
Ten Hag had led the club back into the Champions League in his first year in charge and also won the League Cup. But off-field issues involving Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Antony have cast an unwanted shadow over the club, while performances on the field have also been disappointing.
“We could score more goals, especially in the last 25 minutes,” said manager Roberto De Zerbi, who added: “the result, I think, is true.”
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“There are things from the team and individuals who have to step up,” he said. “Sometimes you are in bad period, difficult periods, and you have to face that and deal with that. In this moment we don’t deal too well with it, but we can do like we showed last year.
“We can’t blame anyone else, we have to do better and be more determined, more resilient.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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