Erik ten Hag criticises Marcus Rashford and Fred after Newcastle United draw

Erik ten Hag criticises Marcus Rashford and Fred after Newcastle United draw

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag believes both Fred and Marcus Rashford should have scored their chances against Newcastle United.

Man United were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Newcastle at Old Trafford despite creating the best chances of the game.

Fred and second half substitute Marcus Rashford had arguably the best chances of the game but both fell short, to which Ten Hag thought both players should have scored.

Rashford ran past Nick Pope, squared the ball towards Fred, who was inside the penalty box, but the Brazilian failed to score.

The Dutchman was pleased with Manchester United‘s all round performance and also admitted that his side did enough to get all three points off Newcastle United.

“The performance was good, a clean sheet, we pressed well, we controlled the game and in stages we were good on the ball – especially in the second half,” Ten Hag told BBC. “Then, we dictated the game and in the end we could – we should – have score the winning goal. One from Fred, and then [Marcus] Rashford had to score.

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“In the end we could have got the win, we deserved the win. It’s a big compliment to the team that we deserved this with a physical performance against one of the most physical teams in the league. They [Newcastle players] all had cramp and we kept going.

“The team understands from front to back we cooperate together. We are hard to beat and we must keep that going.”

Manchester United will welcome Tottenham at Old Trafford in the midweek in the Premier League and will look to get back to winning ways.

Christian Eriksen missed the game through an illness, Anthony Martial could be back in the squad for the Tottenham clash, having missed United’s last two games against Omonia and Newcastle United in the wake of a lower back injured he suffered in the first half against Everton last weekend.