Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag has iterated that their comeback 2-1 win over Brentford is a “turning point” in their season.
Utd fell behind in the 26th minute to Mathias Jensen’s strike but Scott McTominay’s injury time brace saw them fight back to avoid a third consecutive home loss in the top-flight since 1978-79 season.
Post-match, Ten Hag iterated that their comeback has to be the ignition that their season requires as he explained: “This must be the turning point. This reflects our season so far from the start of a game. It has to be that you believe and you see the fans believe: they are sticking together.
“They are behind us and they kept us going. But then we have a plan and that is the big compliment for the team. They kept the plan.
“They kept switching. And from there on in the right moment, you bring the ball in the box. And of course we had to make and bring more players in the box. And I think that’s what we did the last 30 minutes and then you get rewarded in the end.”
Mistakes however continue to be a consistent theme in this season’s performances after Casemiro gave away the opening goal, which left Ten Hag believing that “it can always be bettr,” despite seeing “good spells for good stretches also with tempo in the game,” with creativity and control.
Ten Hag went on to iterate that his team must cut out their errors as he added: “Definitely. But once again, when you give so easily a goal away, we can’t do it at our level.
“We have to do better and you have to take more responsibility and you have to be accountable because otherwise it’s difficult to win games.”
Addressing criticism from fans amidst boos at half-time, Ten Hag believes that the supporters saw that “everyone is giving his best”, but insisted that his players “can’t switch off in moments in the game. So we have to be more consistent in the attitude and that approach.”