Ten Hag: We did not deserve more today

13 Apr 2024
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Man Utd manager reflects on his side's performance after 2-2 draw with Bournemouth

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Erik ten Hag said that Manchester United did not deserve anything more than a point against AFC Bournemouth after a 2-2 at Vitality Stadium that leaves the Red Devils 10 points adrift of a place in the top four.

"This is not enough, we know that. When you come into the final stage of the season this is not enough. The truth is we did not deserve more today," Ten Hag told Sky Sports.

"We have to do better, control the game, score goals and not give as many chances away.

"The first goal we were actually well set up but we lose the ball in a bad area and it was a goal. There were two or three more occasions where we should have dealt better with the ball.

"Then down the right side they were finding ways to hurt us and there were jobs to be done but it was not always done. Then you get problems. Go with your opponent, that is your job. One part is collaboration and the other is discipline."

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4 Aston Villa AVL 37 +20 68
5 Spurs TOT 37 +10 63
6 Chelsea CHE 37 +13 60
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There were positives for Ten Hag to take though, as he praised his side's character for twice coming from behind to earn a point

"We have a team that is resilient, has character, we want to win. Twice we fought back from losing positions," he said.

"Second half was better. We took more responsibility and we closed up the sides.

"That also has to do with in the middle Harry Maguire was struggling in the first half, and you see we don't have many options at centre-half any more. But in the second half his leadership and guidance helped us to be more closed.

"We have used the same back line twice and these players gave everything, their maximum."

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