Erik ten Hag, the Dutch manager of Manchester United, expressed a great deal of admiration for his team’s defensive display in their goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Despite not securing a victory, Ten Hag is confident that his side has plenty to feel positive about.
According to Ten Hag, it was an exceptional performance by his team. He pointed out that considering Liverpool’s strong home record, leaving with a clean sheet is a noteworthy achievement. The manager emphasized the collective effort of his players in defending, as they successfully limited Liverpool’s opportunities, particularly in open play. Ten Hag emphasized the team’s capacity to provide assistance and compensate for one another’s errors, referring to it as the major accomplishment of the game. He stressed the significance of upholding this defensive level in every match.
Nevertheless, United’s recent outcome implies that they have been unable to score in their past three matches. The visitors had few opportunities at Anfield, but they had a chance to secure victory in the second half. However, Rasmus Hojlund squandered a golden opportunity when he had a clear path to the goal. Ten Hag acknowledged that it was the most favorable opportunity in the game. He emphasized the need to improve in retrieving the ball, stringing together multiple passes, and causing significant damage to the opposition. Towards the end of the second half, we managed to create a very promising opportunity for Garnacho and an even more advantageous one for Rasmus Hojlund in a one-on-one situation.
Despite not capitalizing on these opportunities, Ten Hag conveyed his contentment with the team’s overall display. Nevertheless, United’s inability to secure a victory at Anfield since January 2016 has resulted in them currently occupying the seventh spot in the Premier League, trailing leaders Arsenal by 11 points.
During their upcoming game against West Ham, United will have to play without Diogo Dalot, who was dismissed from the field after receiving two yellow cards for dissent. Ten Hag has chosen to leave the assessment of this decision to others.
In general, Ten Hag maintains a positive outlook on his team’s performance and is confident that they have ample room for growth and development in the future.