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Man Utd news: Ten Hag criticised for words after shoddy Everton display

Erik ten Hag, Man Utd, 2023/24

Erik ten Hag has picked up flak for claiming that Manchester United ‘defended very well’ despite facing 23 shots from Everton in their 2-0 win over the club.

The Red Devils secured the win thanks to penalties from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. But the overall display left a lot to be desired, with the Toffees managing to fire more shots away, despite playing at Old Trafford.

Everton made 23 shots to their hosts’ 15, but Ten Hag insisted that his team played well and that his opponents’ strikes were not clear opportunities.

“We defended very well” he told TNTSports. Our expected goals is much higher than them. We are defending low quality chances. Sometimes we are defending very low and we can do that very well,” Ten Hag said.

“It was important. We had one bad result against Fulham in this calendar year. We had to put this right and keep the pressure on the teams above us. There are many games to play. Now we are back. We will keep pressure on them and see what happens.”

Man Utd have conceded 50 shots in their last two games, with Sheffield United (469) being the only club who have faced more than them (467) in the Premier League this season so far.

Nevertheless, when asked is he was pleased with the display, Ten Hag replied: “In areas yes, especially with our attacks and counter-attacks, but we can make better choices to rest on the ball, choosing when to break. We could have scored three or four goals not just the two penalties. We defended quite well, we could have been a bit better in the build-up

“We could have been calmer and more composed on the ball. Everton did well and pressed high which gave us lots of chances in behind.”

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