Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag makes a weird comment following derby defeat to City

According to fourfourtwo, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag made some unusual statements following his team’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the derby at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Ten Hag’s team seized the lead early in the game due to Marcus Rashford’s wonder shot, but the Red Devils were dominated by their opponents and lost as Phil Foden scored twice in the second half and Erling Haaland added a third late on.

“I think it was a good performance overall; we went up 1-0 and had opportunities to score the second,” Ten Hag told the BBC after the game. “Then you are disappointed, we have to accept it and still were had the opportunities to at least get one point, but the win was also possible.”We defended really effectively, and there were two decisive moments when we came close to breaking through and conceding the opening goal.”

When asked about City’s opening goal and a probable foul on Rashford by Kyle Walker, Ten Hag responded: “I looked back and asked Rashford if there was contact, maybe soft but there was contact.” The Dutchman also praised his players for their tactical knowledge and for “sticking to the plan” despite Sunday’s setback.

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“[We were] getting behind the defending line with the speed of [Alejandro] Garnacho, already after a couple of minutes there was some good breakthrough and then quickly after it was a good goal from Rashford,” added the Spaniard. “We sealed the centre of the box extremely well. We adhered to the strategy, and we had a moment of rash action by City’s custodian, and following that attack, we conceded the goal.”

United’s 11th defeat of the Premier League season moves them 11 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa in sixth place, with only 11 games remaining.

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