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Erik ten Hag explains resolution to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory

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Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left facet of his workforce within the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, resulting in him substituting each Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.

United have been woeful within the first half and trailed on the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to provide away the ball for the most cost effective of counter-attack targets, and each have been hooked on the interval.

Sancho was changed by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a aim and an help, whereas fellow substitute Anthony Martial additionally scored simply moments after being launched on the hour mark.

Requested to elucidate his logic behind eradicating Sancho whereas his workforce have been shedding, Ten Hag mentioned: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t pleased with, it was the motion with our ball.

“The width on the left facet, for me, was no good first-half – the motion from behind the defending line.

“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get extra impact from that and so for my part that occurs.”

Requested what he informed Rashford and the remainder of the workforce on the break to encourage a comeback, Ten Hag informed BT Sport: “Extra runs, we’re too static, we have now to make the opposition transfer to get behind – that’s the reason we made two subs.

“The subs actually had an influence right this moment.”

The boss added: “I might name it keep composed. It might all the time occur, soccer is a recreation of errors. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we performed fairly effectively, the one factor we did not do was rating a aim.

“Once you rating a aim you make your life straightforward, we did not. Then we concede a aim and it was the worst 10 minutes from the sport from us. After half-time, we dealt effectively with the setback.”

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