Ten Hag rues ‘really bad ten minutes’ in Man Utd win but thanks substitutes for making an ‘impact’

Date published: Thursday 6th October 2022 9:03 - Lewis Oldham

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Erik ten Hag thinks a “really bad ten minutes” made life difficult for Manchester United in their win over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League group stages.

United suffered a potentially damaging defeat over the weekend as they were beaten 6-3 by Man City.

The Red Devils returned to action in Cyprus on Thursday evening as they travelled to face Omonia Nicosia.

A shock result was on the cards as the hosts were 1-0 up at the break. Karim Ansarifard capitalised on some sloppy play from United to score on the counter-attack.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were subbed on and they were able to turn the game around.

The Englishman scored a brace and set up Martial’s goal as United battled back to lead 3-1.

United were nervy near the end though Nikolas Panayiotou made the most of some poor defending to make it 3-2 with five minutes to go.

No doubt to Ten Hag’s relief, United were able to hand on to take all three points. This result sees them remain second in Group E.

Ten Hag stated post-match that his players were “too static” in the first-half:

“We started well, then an unnecessary mistake and a really bad 10 minutes. We have to learn from it. You let the crowd get alive, you have to avoid that,” Ten Hag told BT Sport.

Asked what he asked of his players at half-time, he added: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs. The subs really had an impact today.”

On Martial: “We have already seen in pre-season, it was really disappointing when he got injured, it had an impact on our team’s performance.

“It has to only be a warm-up, on Sunday we have to react.”

Rashford praised Martial after the victory as the forward is a “massive player” for United:

“Job done, but we would have liked to have played better. We didn’t defend badly, but we made mistakes.

“The first 35 minutes until they scored we were playing well, we just could have got in behind them more. Then when he made the subs he [Erik ten Hag] wanted us to be more dynamic, take chances going forward and score goals.

On his best position: “Left side is probably more natural for me, but I like playing both [left wing and centre forward] and helping the team. If we have got injuries you never know what might happen, where you might be needed to play.”

On Martial: “He is a massive player for us, has been for a long time. When he is happy and at it he is an unbelievable player. We’ve both been injured, him longer than me, so it is good for him to get minutes and make an impact.”

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