Erik ten Hag: This is a process, it won't just be an uphill climb

The Manchester United team suffered a 3:1 defeat yesterday in Birmingham, against Aston Villa, and the coach of the red devils, Erik Ten Hag, understood his players.

United was defeated at Vila Park for the first time since 1995.

“Our best feature lately has been that we open games well, but in today’s game, we had a disastrous start. We shouldn’t have let them run away at the start,’ Erik began.

“Unlike the introduction, we played the second part of the first half very well, very safely at the back, and in attack, we had two good opportunities through Ronaldo and Garnacho, which were followed by a goal that brought us back into the game. We thought we could turn things around in the second 45th minute, but already at the start of the second half we gave them a goal again and there was no way back,’ said Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman said that he understood his boys, but that it would be preferable if things like this did not happen to them again.

“I understand my players, I’ve been in football for a long time and I know they’re not robots, it’s natural for the entire team to have a psychological breakdown. However, that is not acceptable to me and we will do our best not to give away goals in the future. The result doesn’t lie, this is a long process, of course there will be ups and downs, we all have to be ready for that,’ concluded ten Hag.

United will have a chance for a rematch already on Thursday, when they will host the Aston Villa team at Old Trafford as part of the EFL Cup.

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