Erik ten Hag said that he needs to make things right following Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup.
Manchester United‘s Carabao Cup defense was convincingly ended with goals from Miguel Almiron, Lewis Hall, and Joe Willock at a gloomy Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Magpies handed Ten Hag’s team a series of unwanted records as they avenged their loss in last season’s final with a strong performance. Just days after a 3-0 loss to Manchester City, Manager Erik ten Hag shouldered the blame for the defeat but expressed confidence that he and his players can reverse their fortunes.
After the game, ten Hag told Sky Sports: “We know it’s not good enough. We have to take responsibility for it, I have to take responsibility for it. I feel sorry for the fans. It’s below our standards and I have to put it right.
“We have to recover from it. We have to do it quickly and Saturday is the next game against Fulham. And we have to raise our standards. This is not good enough. I am confident players will stand up. They are sticking together. You have seen they have tried but we know this is not good enough. I am responsible for this and we have to do this together.
Erik ten Hag: Stick together, That is the only way
“You only get your confidence when you get the right results. That is only possible when you are following the rules. The principles. Be in the game, winning your battles. Going to the fight, but especially doing it together. You have to do it as a team.
“That is the only way. Stick together. But you have to be disciplined and you have to do it with togetherness, everyone needs to take responsibility, be accountable and co-operate. That is the key word. We have a night’s sleep and then we will pick the team and the tactics and most important is the mentality we have to put in.”
At the current pace, Manchester United may find themselves with limited objectives in the upcoming months. They currently occupy the eighth spot in the Premier League, their prospects for winning trophies are becoming more distant, several players are struggling for form, and the pressure on Erik ten Hag’s position is growing. The club is facing challenges both on and off the field, and there don’t appear to be easy solutions in sight.
United will face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, aiming to prevent a third consecutive defeat in all competitions.