Lack of self belief cost Man Utd, says Ten Hag

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said a lack of self trust fee his aspect on Sunday as they slumped to a 2-1 domestic defeat by Brighton

Brighton’s Pascal Gross scored twice in the first 1/2 before an Alexis Mac Allister very own aim gave United a glimmer of hope in the 68th minute, but Brighton held on for their first ever win at Old Trafford.

“I assume it was once a true begin and then after (the first goal) we dropped down a level, dropped down in faith and we made mistakes and the opponent punished us,” Ten Hag instructed reporters.

“We dropped down in faith in the first 1/2 and that can’t happen, you constantly have to believe in your self and stick together as a team.

“We came returned in the 2nd 1/2 and we had to accept as true with on the pitch and that was once suitable to see. They have to deal with those setbacks and provide themselves belief because they are simply excellent players.”

Ten Hag defended his selection to start with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, pronouncing the Portugal international was once no longer equipped to play a full healthy after skipping United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia.

Christian Eriksen was as a substitute deployed as a ‘false nine’, with Ronaldo coming on in the 53rd minute.

“If there used to be an available striker, I would have played him,” Ten Hag said. “Ronaldo is now possibly for 10 days in group coaching and too short for ninety minutes, so that is the purpose we didn’t begin him.

“We viewed Marcus Rashford as a striker but he had a sincerely precise season on the left facet and he had two surely properly chances, but the normal nine wasn’t handy today.”

United next face Brentford in the league on Aug. 13.

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