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Ten Hag says: Lack of self-belief cost Man Utd

08 Aug 2022 | 08:40 | Football

Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks on after the game as coach Erik ten Hag walks in the background. Photo: REUTERS

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Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks on after the game as coach Erik ten Hag walks in the background. Photo: REUTERS

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said a lack of confidence cost his side on Sunday as they lost 2-1 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion in their Premier League opener. .

Brighton’s Pascal Gross scored twice in the first half before Alexis Mac Allister’s own goal gave United a glimmer of hope in the 68th minute, but Brighton got their first win at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag told reporters: “I thought it was a good start and then (the first goal) we fell one place, lost confidence and we made mistakes and the opponent punished them. we”.

“We lost faith in the first half and that can’t happen, you always have to believe in yourself and stick together as a team.

“We came back in the second half and we have to trust the pitch and that’s good.

Ten Hag defended the decision to let Cristiano Ronaldo start from the bench, saying the Portugal international was not ready to play a full game after skipping United’s pre-season tours to Thailand and Australia. .

Instead, Christian Eriksen was sent on as a ‘false nine’, with Ronaldo coming in in the 53rd minute.

Ten Hag said: “If there was a striker available, I would have played him. “Ronaldo is probably doing team training for 10 days now and it’s too short for 90 minutes, so that’s why we didn’t start him.

“We see Marcus Rashford as a striker but he’s had a really good season on the left wing and he’s had two really good chances, but the typical nine were absent today.”

United next face Brentford in the league on August 13.

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