Eric ten Hag insists Manchester United have received too much criticism this season after Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
The Red Devils had a disappointing game after suffering a shock 2–0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.
It looked as if United would suffer another defeat, with Villa going 2–0 up with goals from John McGinn and Leander Dendoncker.
However, after the break, Ten Hag’s side changed.
Eric ten Hag has defended his team after Man Utd beat Aston Villa on Tuesday night
Alejandro Garnacho, who had been moved to the right, netted twice to spark wild celebrations around the field.
And finally Rasmus Hjolund scored a goal to give United victory in the Premier League.
After the game, Ten Hag was questioned about his team’s lack of continuity.
He told Prime Video that he felt United had been unfairly criticized, coming out swinging in the process.
“At West Ham people only looked at the result and judged the result but we also played a solid game there,” the 53-year-old said.
“But they see the results and just complain.
“I know football is about results and you are judged on them, that’s normal, but as a manager you also have to look at performances, and we scheduled the game at West Ham as well.”
Ten Hag also defended his side when asked if he had seen the ‘worst’ – as well as the ‘best’ – of them during the game.
“No, it wasn’t the worst,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“I think we played a solid game in the first half, just giving away two goals from set-plays was a bit sloppy.
“I am the one who thinks [at] At half-time we made a bit of a change, applied pressure, but there was really little variation.
“But we said keep going. Already.” [in] We created chances in the first half; Twice Rasmus Hjolund, or Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot, and all were very good, they created chances from open play.
“So, we said keep moving forward, and believe in yourself, and I said that’s all I ask for from a team.
“And I said it before the game, I said it during halftime.
“Keep the faith and we’ll win this game.”
Another topic that Ten Haag was asked about was the presence of INEOS member Sir Dave Brailsford.
Brailsford is set to work with Sir Jim Ratcliffe after he bought a 25 per cent stake in the club.
Ten Hag believes INEOS can improve United as they look to restore the glory days of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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He made his feelings clear by saying: “I don’t think it’s had any impact on the players.
“And so for me, I kept informed throughout the process, first from Richard Arnold, later from Patrick Stewart, so I knew what was going on.
“Yes, we are looking forward.
“I think it’s positive for the club he’s at, he’s stepping in. He has a lot of experience in the sport at the highest level: F1, [the] Cycling teams, other football clubs.
“So, it can only help and support us in capturing our goals.
“So we’re looking forward. They want to work with us, and we want to work with them.”
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Meanwhile, Villa boss Unai Emery insisted he was happy with his team’s performance despite the disappointing result.
“It was a fantastic 60 minutes, fantastic. We were in control of the game, we played very well,” he said.
“We were talking in the dressing room after the first half that if they score a goal it could happen. We have to keep trying to perform well.”
“But we did it because we created two very good chances. The best chances of the match with Leon Bailey and John McGinn.
“We were fighting and competing very well but we didn’t score. And then, in twenty minutes they scored three goals.
“It was their best moment, they are a very good team with good players and playing at home.