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Erik Ten Hag ‘satisfied’ with goalless draw against Liverpool

Erik ten Hag expressed satisfaction with Manchester United’s resilient performance in a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

The match between old rivals Liverpool and United, which saw the Reds captain Virgil van Dijk claim that only one team attempted to win, was closely watched as the bitter rivals faced off. Jurgen Klopp’s side aimed to reclaim the Premier League summit, while the visitors sought to halt their recent struggles.

Despite Liverpool’s staggering 34 shots and United goalkeeper Andre Onana making eight saves, the hosts couldn’t break the deadlock. The intense encounter concluded without any goals, leaving frustrated captain Van Dijk to remark that United was “buzzing” to secure a point from the match.

“If you see how we played the game, how we obviously had most of the ball and created some opportunities, I think there was only one team that were trying to win the game,” the centre-back told Sky Sports.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. So, that’s why it’s frustrating because we want to win every game of course, but especially if we play against a team like them.”

United manager Ten Hag downplayed his compatriot’s statement, responding casually by stating, “It’s his opinion.” When asked about Diogo Dalot’s red card for receiving two rapid bookings for dissent, the Red Devils boss remained noncommittal, stating, “I will leave the judgement to you.”

Ten Hag doges the Dalot red card question after Liverpool match

However, Ten Hag was more open about his team’s response to the concerning consecutive defeats at Old Trafford against Bournemouth and Bayern Munich.

“We should have taken more of the ball regains three or four passes in where we are capable of and then we could have even hurt the opponent even more,” the Dutchman said.

“But all over in the end, you have to conclude, we had the best chances from open play for Rasmus Hojlund and (Alejandro) Garnacho.

“I said that after the game in the dressing room I’m very proud of this team. We should do this more often. I said this.

“For instance, Newcastle was also a tough game, we make one mistake, we switch off and concede the goal.

“But when you stay in the game, when you are disciplined in your game plan, finally it opens up and you can take your chances or get two, three, four passes in after the ball regains, get the switches in and then you can really be more dominant in the game.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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