Blame me for Manchester United Champions League performance – Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag says he must take the blame after yet another Champions League capitulation by Manchester United, with their chances of qualification hanging by a thread.

United remain bottom of Group A after throwing away a 3-1 lead at Galatasaray to draw 3-3 in a breathless game. They must beat Bayern Munich on the final matchday and hope the Turkish side draw at FC Copenhagen to qualify.

Goalkeeper Andre Onana, not for the first time in this competition, cost his side with poor errors for Chelsea loanee Hakim Ziyech’s two goals.

United have now dropped points on three occasions after leading in the Champions League this season, having also failed to see out games at FC Copenhagen and at home against Galatasaray.

Asked who is to blame, Ten Hag told TNT Sports: “It is always me. I am responsible for this.”

He added: “We should have taken three points. This is the same in more games – home against Galatasaray and away in Copenhagen.

“We played so good. So I have to make a compliment to my team but I also have to criticise the team and us as a coaching staff and me as a manager.

“We are not defending well enough, we are leading 3-1 and you can’t afford such mistakes because it makes a difference.”

Ten Hag’s side have conceded 33 goals in all competitions this season – the most in any campaign for United after 20 games since 1962/63 – but he says they can turn a corner.

“We are in a project and we are moving forward, making improvement,” added Ten Hag. “We are going in the right direction. I know which steps we need to take.”

The United manager has been encouraged by the improvement his side have made in an attacking sense having scored three goals at Bayern, Copenhagen and now Galatasaray.

“I am very pleased,” Ten Hag said of his side’s offensive performance. “You see the style of this team, proactive, dynamic and brave.

“We created so many chances and could have won this game. That was not about luck but playing good football.”


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