Erik ten Hag reveals what he did after Brighton defeat and reacts to Brentford clash

Erik ten Hag reveals what he did after Brighton defeat and reacts to Brentford clash

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has revealed what he does after every game after his first competitive game against Brighton and Hove Albion ended in a defeat.

Man United started off their new Premier League season with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Old Trafford last weekend, having forced to start with Christian Eriksen as a false 9 because Anthony Martial missed the game through a minor hamstring injury.

The Red Devils were dreadful in the first half and let in two goals from Pascal Gross but put out a much-improved performance in the second half after Ten Hag made some tactical changes and forced off an own-goal from Mac Allister.

The Dutchman revealed that after every game, he analyses the game in a bid to see the mistakes his players made and areas where they can improve on ahead of their next game.

Speaking ahead of the Brentford clash on Saturday evening, he told MUTV: “What I always do after every game: I analyse the game, what went well, what went wrong, where can we improve, what do we have to improve, how we can train and we tell the players and show them how to improve to get solutions.

“We learned a lot [vs Brighton and Hove Albion] but I think it’s normal when you start the season, that part is the same, the team get together, the way we’re playing, new start & you make mistakes, football is a game of mistakes. We know we have to improve in many things.”

Erik ten Hag is obviously under pressure to win his next game against Brentford as failing to get a win his opening two league matches wouldn’t go down well among Manchester United fans.

Erik ten Hag Brighton and Hove Albion Manchester United Brentford
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The former Ajax manager is aware of the pressure at Old Trafford and knows that the fans expect him to lead the squad to win every game they play.

He added: “I know there is always pressure, I have the experience — I know we have to win every game, I know the fans, I know everyone expects Manchester United to win every game, we have to deal with that and all I can do is prepare the team as well as I can this weekend.”

Cristiano Ronaldo entered the game against Brighton as a second half substitute and while Anthony Martial is set on missing this weekend’s trip with a muscle injury, fans expect Ten Hag to start the Portuguese star but the Dutch tactician refused to give his team news early.

Erik ten Hag said: “So he [Cristiano Ronaldo] had a good training week, I thought he played a little bit longer than half an hour, he’s had two half games and for the starting XI we will see tomorrow. My decision, I keep it.”

Ten Hag also reacted to PSG interest in Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, insisting that the England international is part of his project at Old Trafford and cannot afford to lose him.