Erik ten Hag dismissed crisis talk at Manchester United, emphasizing, “We’re heading in the right direction” post a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
After suffering their 10th defeat in all competitions this season with a 1-0 loss at Newcastle on Saturday, United entered the contest at Old Trafford.
Robert Sanchez saved Bruno Fernandes’ early penalty; however, Scott McTominay scored twice, with Cole Palmer’s equalizer sandwiched in between, ultimately securing a victory for United. This win elevated them to sixth in the Premier League table, placing them three points behind the fourth-placed defending champions, Manchester City.
Ten Hag’s side reached sixth place after Chelsea win
During his post-match press conference, when questioned about what this victory indicated about a season that appeared to be in crisis, United boss Ten Hag responded: “Crisis? Not for us.
“We keep calm, look at the process where we know where we have to build andWe are going in the right direction.
“We don’t let criticism around us distract us, but we are very critical of ourselves and we don’t quickly become satisfied or happy; we always aim to do better. United have to improve a lot if we want to be successful – but this team is capable of being successful.”
Reports had surfaced before the game suggesting that Ten Hag had lost the confidence of some of his players.
Ten Hag added: “Last week we played three games (a 3-0 win at Everton, 3-3 draw at Galatasaray and the Newcastle match). Two times we played good, and then one bad performance.
“But you see this team is in a good direction. I know sometimes you have a bad performance, but then still, you can get a result. That is the next step we have to make.
“But you see how we play, the style, so dominating the opponent, in and out of possession. That is the way I want to play. I was very pleased, it was very enjoyable how the team played.”