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Erik ten Hag says Manchester United need to start making life easier for themselves

Manchester United manager Eric Ten Hag admits his team need to be more ruthless after the win against promoted Luton.

Manchester United secured a 1-0 hard-fought home win against Luton on Saturday before the international break. The home side had a few good chances, but it was defender Victor Lindelof who scored the only goal of the match.

“We could have made life more easy if you score goals, but we create many chances,” Ten Hag said after beating Luton.

“First half, I observed four 100 per cent chances. If you get the first then you get the second, it becomes more easy.

“But if you don’t score, then you know they can always drop a ball in the box and you are in trouble.

“So we had to fight to the end and it’s maybe not the prettiest, but I am happy we created many chances.”

Ten Hag: ‘I don’t think it is particularly a confidence thing’

Ten Hag does not believe his team’s difficulty in scoring is a confidence issue.

He said: “I don’t think it is particularly a confidence thing because Rasmus Hojlund scored five goals in the Champions League.

“He came full of confidence into this game and it will come.

“Rashford scored 30 goals last season. Obviously he’s now not scoring but there will come a day he starts scoring again.

“I think the other offensive players like Garnacho, they are capable of scoring goals, so it will come.

“But what is good, we already have 13 different goalscorers in our team, so it expresses the way we want to play football.

“Everyone is attacking, everyone is defending, and also defenders with us can score goals.

Erik ten Hag will be banned from the touchline for Manchester United’s next game against Everton when they return from the international break. He received a third yellow card of the season when complaining about the award of a throw-in.

“So it was about a moment so clear, a throw-in, but it was the second time,” Ten Hag said.

“I was on top of it. It was so clear and obvious our ball. It was my remark, so therefore I got booked.

“We have a very competent coaching staff and they will take over of course (at Everton).

“Until a certain point I can be involved but, as I say, my coaching staff is very competent.”

Manchester United is in sixth place in the table with 21 points after 12 matches.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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