Disappointing! Ten Hag blames player after awful display

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Erik Ten Hag blames his players for horrible display against Sevilla which made them crash out of the Europa League.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag says his side lack the will, passion and desire following their defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League.

The Red Devils lost 3-0 in Spain following individual errors that led to the goal.

Man Utd had blown a 2-0 lead in the final minutes of the first leg at Old Trafford last week and quickly fell behind in the south of Spain after David De Gea and Harry Maguire combined to give the hosts the lead in the tie.

Ten Hag was critical of the application he’d seen from his players.

“It’s clear, when we make such mistakes, it’s very difficult to win a football game,” Ten Hag told BT Sport.

“It’s obvious [the atmosphere may have had an impact] but it can’t be. The fans can expect that we can deal with it. I won’t say that’s an explanation for it.

“We were not composed, we were not calm. Once you beat the press there are huge spaces on the pitch but we didn’t do it at the start. It was so obvious how to do it.

“We were not composed, we were not calm. Once you beat the press there are huge spaces on the pitch but we didn’t do it at the start. It was so obvious how to do it.

“Bad decisions. And also we lose the battles. They had more passion, more desire, more willingness. For example the second goal. Then it’s difficult to win big football games.

“We showed on so many occasions good performances and good wins. But tonight and some occasions more, we were not ready for the game and it can’t be. When you’re at this level and playing for Man Utd you have to be ready for every game.

“This is a great opportunity, a great occasion, a quarter-final in Europe to win something and then you give it away. We have to blame ourselves.”

 

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