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Ten Hag believes injuries were the reason for Man United defeat

Injury problems caused Erik ten Hag to regret as Sevilla inflicted late heartbreak upon Manchester United in the Europa League.

Sabitzer scored twice in the first half, which gave the impression that United had complete control over Thursday’s quarter-final first leg. Ten Hag’s team was dominant throughout the match at Old Trafford.

However, Sevilla received a glimmer of hope when Tyrell Malacia scored an own goal six minutes before the end. In the 92nd minute, Harry Maguire deflected the ball into his own net.

Two own goals caused Machester United heartbreak at Old Trafford

Ten Hag claimed that recent injuries bad luck was the reason for United’s 2-2 draw, rather than his substitutes crumbling under pressure in the final stages of the match.

“I think we had the game in hand, we were 2-0 up and should have scored three or four. The game was totally on us.

“Some unlucky moments with injuries. Raphael Varane at half-time, Anthony Martial because it was his first start, Antony and Bruno Fernandes because they were on a yellow card.”

The Red Devils manager added: “Then we lose control at an unlucky moment, then another unlucky moment with Lisandro [Martinez] going off injured when we go down to 10.

“We conceded two own goals, that is bad luck. We have to learn, we have to kill the game, but everything is open for the next game.

“I know we can do better with those players in the last part of the game, we had to be more composed and could benefit from our counter-attacking opportunities, but we didn’t.

“We were a little bit unlucky with the defending, two own goals and deflected shots, it’s not a nice night.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.


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