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Erik ten Hag admits he’s conscious of Man Utd’s fragile confidence

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has admitted he recognised that his facet have been able to falling to Brighton on the opening day of their Premier League season as he is aware of enchancment ‘is not going to come in a single day’.

The Crimson Devils have been thrashed 4-0 by the Seagulls of their penultimate fixture final season on the again finish of Ralf Rangnick’s tenure. However after a reasonably robust pre-season, United went into the brand new marketing campaign filled with optimism.

Nevertheless, that constructive feeling rapidly dissipated as Pascal Gross grabbed two first-half targets – helped out by some shoddy United defending – to ship Albion into the half-time break two to the nice. The hosts pulled one again after Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked Alexis Mac Allister’s clearance, however the guests held on to win 2-1 and declare their first ever victory at Previous Trafford.

United have been second-best for lengthy stretches on Sunday and captain Harry Maguire admitted that their heads dropped too simply after conceding the opener. Talking after his first Premier League match, Ten Hag revealed that he wasn’t fully shocked by such a mentality swap.

“It’s a hell of a job [before us]. Now we have to work actually laborious, analyse after which transfer ahead. Right now was begin after which after that we dropped down a stage in perception and we made errors that the opponent punished. However it was opponent, we [tried to] work effectively collectively however while you make errors you get punished for that,” he mentioned.

“I knew it [the drop in confidence] might occur however I feel we must always have carried out higher – that’s clear.

“However I do know additionally it [improvement] is not going to come in a single day. At occasions we performed higher in pre-season. Right now we had a extremely unhealthy interval within the first half and we’ve to study from that.”

When requested if he might sense the squad’s fragile confidence, Ten Hag replied: “I feel so. That can also be regular. I didn’t anticipate that we’re already a workforce that has had loads [of time together].

“And I feel that was the distinction with our opponent: they’ve been a very long time along with a sure plan and coach and we’ve not. However nonetheless it was pointless to lose this recreation.”

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