Ten Hag defends sub after disappointing draw

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Erik Ten Hag defended his substitution after his side threw away 2 goal lead against Tottenham.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag claims he all had the substitution planned before Tottenham’s first goal in the second half.

the Red Devils dropped 2 points after they lost control in the second half of the game to Tottenham Hotspurs.

Anthony Martial, Fred, Wout Weghorst and Tyrell Malacia all came on to little effect as United tried to see out the game.

“I prepared the subs already before 2-1, you could see that goal coming,” he said.

“You bring on Fred, [who has] energy, one who can win the ball. Sunday [against Brighton] he was brilliant in that.

“You bring Martial who can keep the ball. You then bring Rashy [Rashford], Antony, Bruno [Fernandes] making runs behind. That was the idea.”

Erik ten Hag further stated that Manchester United have “the worst schedule in the Premier League” this season but says his team cannot use it as an excuse for throwing away a two-goal lead at Spurs.

“We have the worst schedule also in the Premier League, that will not change,” said Ten Hag when asked if tiredness played a factor in his side’s slip-up.

“You have to take that. You can’t use it as an excuse. The time is enough time to recover, so our players are in demand to be ready. Today they were not ready.

“We thought 90 per cent is enough, that’s why we gave balls away. And when you don’t do your jobs in positioning, you concede goals.

“After half time there was a difference, we lost control because we are not all secure. Then you have to go into the fight. When you lose the battles, don’t have possession and don’t have chances you concede goals. That’s what happened. Then you have to be satisfied and take that point.

“It has to be [100 per cent]. You have to bring it every time. I know that they are not robots and it’s a tough schedule. But we can’t accept it when you are playing for Man Utd and you are wearing this shirt.

“You have to give [100 per cent] in every occasion, every game. And as a team, you have to manage the game, get the win, and that makes everyone happy and satisfied.

“But the basis is always to give everything, and that’s how you have to prepare as a player, that you are ready for the game, for the battle, for the fight.”

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