Erik ten Hag urged his Man Utd gamers to “follow the plan” and present resilience after a “deserved” defeat at Newcastle – however felt they nonetheless might have earned a draw.
Newcastle ran out snug winners because of Anthony Gordon’s aim 10 minutes after half-time, however might have loved a better margin of victory given their degree of dominance at St James’ Park.
The outcome introduced Man Utd’s current resurgence to a different abrupt halt and raised extra questions on their capability to compete with top-half groups, with seven of their eight wins this season coming in opposition to sides ranked thirteenth or decrease within the present Premier League standings.
Ten Hag praised his gamers’ battle to seek for an equaliser late on – with Sergio Reguilon denied a aim by a flying Fabian Schar block and Harry Maguire by an offside flag – earlier than admitting his facet had been second finest.
He advised TNT Sports activities: “We had a tricky first half. We stated at half-time, we’re happy to be at 0-0 and have to remain within the recreation.
“We had a great comeback within the final a part of the sport, that is the battle now we have to point out.
“I will discuss to the workforce tomorrow about it, the regards are for Newcastle, we’ll discuss it and transfer on to Wednesday.
“I’ll discuss with my workforce. Ultimately, we stayed within the recreation, had some good possibilities from Reguilon, thought we scored a aim which was simply offside, so we might have drawn – however it’s a must to say over all Newcastle deserved to win.”
On his facet’s kind in opposition to top-eight opposition particularly, he later advised his press convention: “I used to be ready for that query. there are all the time points, I do know it is your job to see that.
“Or now we have the away kind, or now we have the house kind… now now we have this difficulty. We will even overcome this difficulty.”
In his first season on the helm, his facet rotated back-to-back defeats in his opening two league video games to fall to consecutive losses solely as soon as extra throughout the remainder of the marketing campaign, with their degree of resilience a key issue of their return to the highest 4.
Ought to they lose to a resurgent Chelsea facet because the Premier League’s midweek schedule returns on Wednesday, they’ll have already misplaced two league video games in a row twice in 2023/24 with lower than half the season performed.
Ten Hag pointed to his facet’s capability to bounce again from disappointment this season, specifically their three-match successful league run after dropping the Manchester derby in late October.
However he didn’t increase on the “plan” which noticed them labour to these three wins in opposition to Fulham, Luton and Everton earlier than Saturday’s below-par displaying at Newcastle.
“This workforce is resilient,” he stated. “We have seen it after Metropolis, we had a nasty defeat however then we stored collectively, caught to the plan and stored going.”
Marcus Rashford lower a very pissed off determine up in opposition to Tino Livramento, and was withdrawn after an hour having by no means threatened so as to add to his solitary open-play aim within the Premier League this season.
Ten Hag praised the ahead, who loved his most prolific season underneath the Dutchman final season, and defended his work ethic regardless of an usually torpid defensive efficiency at St James’ Park.
“He works laborious and he is investing lots,” Ten hag stated. “He’ll get again, he’ll get well and he will get all our assist.”
Howe: Pope may have operation on dislocated shoulder
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe revealed the extent of Nick Pope’s harm, which compelled him off for the ultimate minutes of Newcastle’s win, could also be worse than feared with an operation a possible worst-case state of affairs for the England goalkeeper.
“I do not know what the long run holds for Nick, whether or not he’ll want an operation or not,” Howe advised the BBC.
“It appears to be like unhealthy. It appears to be like like a dislocation of his shoulder, which he has executed earlier than. He had it operated on and got here again efficiently.
“We’ll get it checked out and fingers crossed he is again quickly.”