In the 16th round of the Premier League, Manchester United lost 0-3 at home to Bournemouth and only won 1 in the past 4 games in all competitions. After the game, Ten Hag evaluated the team’s performance at the press conference, saying that they need to be more stable.
Q. You left the field directly after the half-time whistle. You seemed very angry. Can you tell me how you felt at the end of the game?
“Of course I’m disappointed, I was definitely expecting a different result. Before the game, I hoped we could build on the performance and result against Chelsea, so I’m very disappointed with our performance after the opening. In order to get back into the game, we After working hard for a long time, we had a very threatening shot, but almost gave the opponent a penalty kick, and then made a mistake in organizing the offense. Our method was not good enough. We put in a lot of effort to regain control. game, but our performance and movement in the penalty area were not enough to help us score, and after 0-2 we collapsed and we have to do better.”
Q. This looks to be the lowest point of the season, with a critical week coming up. How will you cheer up the players?
“As I said, we didn’t get off to a good start, the first five minutes of the game were poor, especially today against a team that is very good in transition and we gave them a perfect space to play. , This should not happen, we tried everything we could in the game, we organized many attacks, but it was not as good as it should be, even though we had opportunities.”
Q. This season you seem to often take one step forward and then two steps back. How do you explain this?
“That’s the thing, we have to be ready for the game at all times and I have to be responsible for that because I have to get the team ready to play. From my point of view, I’m very disappointed with how we started the game so I have to do things better.”
Q. In all the games this season, you conceded a goal in the first 30 minutes for the 9th time…
“We are really inconsistent and we have the ability to do well in that area, but you have to do it in every game.”
Q. This season, fans cheered for Martial being substituted twice. He has not played a full 90 minutes in a Premier League game for three years. Why are he allowed to continue to play for the team?
“Two weeks ago he was outstanding against Everton and he has the ability and quality to play well so I don’t think it’s fair to single out one player after a performance like that and we are Losing together as a team.”
Q. Fee B is suspended due to accumulated yellow cards and will miss the game against Liverpool. Is it worse to lose the game?
“The worst thing that can happen is losing the game.”
Q. You often talk about the instability of the team. Is the fact behind this that the players are not good enough to be the stable elite team you want?
“I think as a team we haven’t been consistent enough and we have to work hard to improve that as a team.”
Q. The team’s performance is so different from one week to the next, how can you trust them to perform well on any given day?
“We have to keep improving as a team. In fact, we have to get tougher so that I can be ready for the game from the start. I said on Friday that in this league you can’t play If you’re at your best, you get taken out, and that’s what happened in the first five minutes of this game, and then you get taken away, especially against a team that’s so good in transition. You let them play Very easily, it was the perfect playing conditions for them. You see the team fighting for a long time for the game, but you can’t concede the ball so easily.”