‘I hate to say it’ – Ten Hag reveals why Manchester United were beaten by Newcastle

PREMIER LEAGUE ‘I hate to say it’ – Ten Hag reveals why Manchester United were beaten by Newcastle

Kiplagat Sang • 10:30 - 03.04.2023

Consequently, the Red Devils – without a win in three league games now - dropped to fourth place.

Erik ten Hag has admitted that Newcastle United’s desire and passion gave them a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

The Magpies got a revenge on the Red Devils after they had been beaten in the Carabao Cup, and the Premier League win saw them leapfrog their top four rivals to the third position.

Ten Hag’s side was poor, and in the first half, they failed to register an attempt on target.

"I hate to say it, they were better today. Especially in determination, passion, and desire. They wanted to win more this week. So they won," said the former Ajax manager after the loss at St James Park.

"We had our opportunities, but then you have to go for goal with the determination they did. It wasn't good enough. We allowed them too many chances. In the past, we were better. You have to be hungry, give everything, every game."

Although he was not impressed with how his players performed, Ten Hag did not want to single out one particular player for poor performance.

"Our attacking game was not good enough. I don't want to be focused on one person," he added.

"It's about team performance. We didn't break them. That is the conclusion, we didn't create good chances.

"I saw with them a desire, they wanted revenge, and they got it. We have to leave it behind, it's a setback, and [we need to] learn from this lesson about passion and desire."

The Carabao Cup winning manager is, however, confident that United will bounce back.

"It is normal. In the season, you get setbacks. We've done it so many times," the Dutchman concluded.

"After Liverpool, we came back. I don't have concern - I believe in my team. I believe they will bounce back."

After their top four hopes suffered another setback, United will have to bounce back when they host Brentford in their next game.