‘We could have drew!’ – Erik ten Hag reacts to Manchester United’s setback at Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag admitted Newcastle United fully deserved to take three points on Saturday night as his Manchester United side fell to a 1-0 loss at St James’ Park, but claimed the visitors could have come away with a draw had they been a bit more fortunate in the latter stages.

 

Anthony Gordon’s second-half strike wrapped up the win in a game Newcastle dominated, and

the Magpies recorded 22 shots across the 90 minutes. Eddie Howe’s side also registered an

expected goals of 3.06 to United’s 0.38, an indication of the vast gap between the teams.

 

Despite that, the Red Devils could have snatched a late draw in the North East when Sergio Reguilon’s volley deflected wide as it was

en route to goal, while United managed to net in the 89th minute,

but the goal was rightly ruled out as the ball hit an offside Harry Maguire on it’s way past Martin Dubravka.

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‘We could have drawn!’ – Erik ten Hag gives post-match Man Utd verdict following Newcastle defeat

Manchester United put in another terrible display at St James’ Park, in the 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.

Erik ten Hag said Manchester United could have drawn Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag said Manchester United could have drawn Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.

Erik ten Hag admitted Newcastle United fully deserved to take three points on Saturday night

as his Manchester United side fell to a 1-0 loss at St James’ Park, but claimed the visitors could

have come away with a draw had they been a bit more fortunate in the latter stages.

 

Anthony Gordon’s second-half strike wrapped up the win in a game Newcastle dominated, and the

Magpies recorded 22 shots across the 90 minutes. Eddie Howe’s side also registered an

expected goals of 3.06 to United’s 0.38, an indication of the vast gap between the

 

Despite that, the Red Devils could have snatched a late draw in the North East when Sergio Reguilon’s volley deflected wide as it was en

route to goal, while United managed to net in the 89th minute,

but the goal was rightly ruled out as the ball hit an offside Harry Maguire on it’s way past Martin Dubravka.

 

But Ten Hag pointed to the late opportunities as some reason for hope in otherwise dismal

night for United. “We had a tough first half

and we said at half-time, we were pleased to be

at 0-0 and we had to stay in the game, but we didn’t,” the Dutchman told TNT Sport.

 

“We had a good comeback in the last part of the game.

That is the fight we have to show. In the end we stayed in the game and we had some good chances from Reguilon.

There was a clearance off the line and we thought we scored

a goal, but offside. We could have drawn and overall you have to say Newcastle deserve to win.”

 

United lacked courage, passion and leadership in Saturday’s loss, not for the first time this season.

But Ten Hag said the side’s ability to respond from previous setbacks could benefit the team

ahead of upcoming matches against Chelsea and Bournemouth in the Premier League.

This team is resilient and we have seen after [the loss to

Manchester] City,” he said. “We had a bad defeat, but we keep together, we stick to the plan and we keep going.”

 

The defeat continues United’s woeful record of losing against every side they’ve faced in

the top nine this season, and means the Red Devils drop to seventh in the table.

 

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