Ten Hag comments on Man United's mentality after nearly bottling 3-0 against Coventry

Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag calling for calm | Image credit: Imago

Ten Hag comments on Man United's mentality after nearly bottling 3-0 against Coventry

Faruq Ibrahim 21:44 - 21.04.2024

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag defends his team amids accusations of a weak mentality after they saw a 3-0 lead slip in the FA Cup semi-final clash against Coventry City.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has responded to suggestions of a mentality problem within his team following their dramatic FA Cup semi-final win against Coventry City.

Ten Hag’s post-game comments

Despite United holding a three-goal lead, Coventry City staged a remarkable comeback, sending the game into extra time. Eventually, United secured their spot in the final with a 4-2 victory on penalties. 

However, the match exposed United's vulnerabilities once again. Ten Hag, however, dismissed claims of a mentality issue, attributing the team's struggles to a lack of discipline.

"It was an incredible game, a strange game too. We had total control for so long and then gave it away in the last part of the game," Ten Hag told ITV1. "We did show resilience to win the penalty shootout. We have to improve. We talk a lot about this. 

“First, you have to put yourself in a winning position, but then you have to take it over the line. In these moments, we are making mistakes and not keeping our responsibilities."

Ten Hag celebrating Man United win || Imago
Ten Hag celebrating Man United win || Imago

Acknowledging the Need for Improvement

Addressing the question of mentality, Ten Hag emphasised the character his team showed but pointed out the lack of discipline in the final moments of the match. He highlighted the need for better communication, ball retention, and defensive solidity.

 "We can't say this group doesn't have the right mentality because they showed character today, but in the final part, there was a lack of discipline," the Dutchman said. 

"We have to keep the ball, keep making passes, go for goal and then also be strong in defense. It's about communication and we have to improve on this."

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