Erik Ten Hag says Manchester United need to change their mindset

Erik Ten Hag says Manchester United need to change their mindset

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has said his players must quickly change their mindset if they are to win trophies this season.

The Dutchman was frustrated to see his team concede in the last minute of regulation to lose 3-2 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

“Maybe in the next two hours we’ll realize that we’re in a good position, that we’re in a good development, in a good process, but right now I’m upset,” Ten Hag said.

“I told the players that if you want to win trophies, titles, we have to change our mindset because it’s not possible that you’re in a top game, you’re making three such big mistakes where you concede goals. Especially the last goal, you have to feel the game at that point.”

“One point was the maximum and then you have to take the point and you can’t give away a goal like we did at the top level. So you can’t win trophies.”

“I think it changes with training, I think we can change that, we have already seen how the mentality of the players has changed in the last few months, but we also have to realize that today we have a way to go to be at the top.” . level.”

United took the lead through Marcus Rashford in the first half, but then fell behind with goals from Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka either side of half time. Lisandro Martínez looked to have earned a point for United before Nketiah scored again in the 89th minute to hand Ten Hag their first Premier League defeat in over two months.

“You have to defend better,” Ten Hag said. “You make mistakes and then it’s like a deck of cards. In this situation it is something that we have to avoid, like the first two goals when you start the game and you come up. It was too easy to give the goal in the 1-1 away”.

“When you are in the game and with the 1-0 you have to realize that more spaces will come. We have to learn these lessons if we want to come here and beat these great teams.”

Ten Hag was particularly frustrated that United had already conceded a goal in added time to draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace four days earlier. ”I think the two games head to head [against Arsenal and Crystal Palace]They were very close. It is difficult to accept that in the final stages of the game you lose and this cannot happen.

“We have to face that, we have to learn lessons and we are going to make mistakes because I think the three goals were avoidable. We’re usually better in those situations.”

After United’s 2-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, it looked like they were about to launch a Premier League title bid, but after picking up just one point from their next two games, this challenge seems to be over. .

“We never talked about [the title] …That’s from the people around us and the fans and we just want to win every game,” Ten Hag said. “We showed it today, because we were brave, but then you see that we created chances. Like I said, if you want to win trophies, you can’t make those mistakes like we did tonight.”

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