After Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Erik ten Hag said that there are no valid explanations for the team’s poor start to the Premier League season, which is the worst ever for the club.
United has not started a league season with four losses in the first seven games since the 1989–1990 campaign.Ten Hag’s team was punished for their loss by Palace’s Joachim Andersen goal in the first half, and the Old Trafford fans jeered them as they left the stadium after the match was over.
“I can give you reasons, but you will explain it as an excuse, and there are no excuses, we have to win,” Ten Hag added. “There are no excuses, we have to win.”
“We need to be more consistent, but this is not what is expected of Man United,” the manager said. The requirement is that we win many games in a row and advance to the next round. We can’t continue at this level of performance.
Before Brighton’s triumph at Old Trafford two weeks ago, United had not been defeated in any of their 31 home games at Old Trafford.
On the other hand, the Red Devils had a little of luck on their side when they defeated Wolves and Nottingham Forest at their own stadium earlier in the season.
Ten Hag said, “We have to perform at a higher level here.”
“We have to show it in our body language that Old Trafford is a fortress and that you can’t get anything here.”
United had 19 shots on goal, but still struggled to find the back of the net due to their typical lack of cutting edge in the final third.
Mason Mount, Bruno Fernandes, and Rasmus Hojlund are all to blame for not taking advantage of their opportunities.
“We were, many times, close, and then you have to be clinical, concentrated, and sharp,” said Ten Hag. “We were, many times, close.”
“Keep your eyes on the prize. We are capable of putting a goal in the back of the net.
On the other hand, Palace manager Roy Hodgson was able to celebrate his achievement of becoming the first manager in Premier League history to go five consecutive games undefeated at Old Trafford.
The Eagles were defeated by United 3-0 in the League Cup match that took place in the middle of the week, but they were able to come back and win once all of their players were healthy.
“I think that I should be delighted with the record. According to Hodgson, “I am most happy with how the team played today and I am so pleased for the players.”
“It’s not easy coming up here for the second time in a few days, and to give that performance and to work that hard and defend as well as we did, that is what gives me the most satisfaction,” the player said. “It’s not easy coming up here for the second time in a few days.”
The win moves Palace into ninth place in the Premier League rankings, moving them above of United.