Following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, offered an unfiltered assessment of his team’s performance, acknowledging that the boos from the fans were warranted.
The defeat came as a result of an exquisite first-half strike by Crystal Palace’s defender, Joachim Anderson. Despite a late surge from Manchester United, the visitors held firm. This loss has marked Manchester United’s worst start to a season in 34 years, with four defeats in their first seven Premier League games.
While Ten Hag attempted to defend his players after the match, he openly admitted that he comprehended the fans’ frustration as they expressed their disappointment at the final whistle. He stressed that Manchester United must improve in the weeks to come.
Ten Hag stated, “I can’t blame the players; they gave their all. However, in both boxes during the final part of the game, we fell short. We had numerous chances, but our decision-making was subpar.”
“We were in control, but we need to be sharper, more clinical, and resolute if we aim to score. I understand the boos. The expectations are that Manchester United should secure victories, both at home and away against Crystal Palace. We need to do better.”
He continued, “It’s been a poor start. We need to catch up and perform better. This level of performance is unacceptable. It’s undoubtedly frustrating for everyone, especially the fans. It’s frustrating for us too, the players and for me. We must stay united, battle together, enhance our performance, and ensure we make progress.”
Ten Hag has now entered the annals of Manchester United history as the first individual to experience four losses in the opening seven Premier League games. While discontent among the fan base may be mounting, he seems to maintain the backing of the Old Trafford leadership.
The Telegraph reported earlier this month that the club’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, made it abundantly clear to the staff that, despite Manchester United’s less-than-stellar start to the season, the club remains firmly committed to Ten Hag, as articulated in an extraordinary meeting.