Ten Hag’s thoughts from Cyprus

Thursday 06 October 2022 21:55

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was pleased to take all three points from our away trip to Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League but says his side can play with more responsibility to avoid making further potentially costly mistakes going forward.

The Reds had dominated proceedings early in the matchday three contest in Cyprus but conceded the lead to the hosts after an error in the middle of the park. 

United were able to rally to turn the game on its head however, and eventually triumph 3-2, thanks to second-half goals from substitutes Marcus Rashford (2) and Anthony Martial, prior to a late consolation from the home side. 

Ten Hag can therefore be pleased overall, but acknowledged that the Reds still have room for improvement when conducting his post-match media duties with MUTV and BT Sport, as well as in his press conference. 

You can see all the key quotes from those media briefings below, including the boss’ thoughts on Rashford, Martial, Cristiano Ronaldo, the fans, Everton on Sunday and more…
Ten Hag: Our mistakes kept Omonia alive Video

Ten Hag: Our mistakes kept Omonia alive

Erik was really happy with our substitutes, but was frustrated by some avoidable mistakes...

“A good start to the game. The first 30 minutes were really well done, a couple of chances against a compact team is not that easy. But then we make a mistake and then for 10 minutes, we were really bad. That cannot happen, we have to take responsibility by, first, not giving goals in such a manner away, and then by dealing with it, staying composed, sticking to the plan and keeping in position.”

“Yes [it’s pleasing]. First of all, we need more movement, runs in behind, that was the first thing and then the subs had an impact on the score. I’m really happy for Marcus and Anthony that they came in, also Luke [Shaw] I have to say, and had an impact on the game. The tempo kept high, there was more movement and much more ability to make an effect on the goal.”
"I want to do it really careful because he had a good pre-season and then the last 10 minutes against Atletico Madrid he fell out [injured] and then he returned against Liverpool, and so another injury from far back. I cannot force it. I have to do it with a plan and I’m trying to do it at the moment but it’s quite clear I’m happy with his performance. All the subs had a really good impact and that’s what I expect from players on the bench. You’re not playing with XI, we can sub five so every sub has to be ready. Tonight, was the best example you can get.”

“I think the first two [shots he had produced] good saves from the goalie. He had a couple of chances, also he created a couple of chances. He was in for a good move and run for the first goal with Marcus Rashford, so he had an impact in this game."

Omonia Nicosia 2 United 3


The Reds come from behind to register a second Europa League win away from home.

“[That’s clear]. It gives us a better position in the group, we have to win this group, that’s also clear.”

“We always get big support. As you say, 1,100 fans are supporting us from the UK, a lot of fans here in Cyprus, and as Manchester United, you want to give them the best performance. There were stages in the game that they saw a good Manchester United but also some development to make. If we learn such lessons, then we can be successful, that is what we have to do.”

“It’s a process. A project and a process, we knew that from the start. We have to give every day our maximum. We have to improve every day and also sometimes you fall back. We have to get up again and that is what I demand from my squad. We have to carry on and every time learn the lessons and give the maximum. Only good for me is good enough and by far we are not that good. We have seen on Sunday. We have to do much better and that is what we did in games before – better intensity. We have to bring much better intensity. That was the big difference between City and us. That’s the demand to squad and the players have to take responsibility for that.”

United to train in Cyprus on Friday


Ten Hag explains the decision to stay overnight after the win over Omonia.

“We don’t have so many moments in training [before that game] but it was the warm-up, Sunday we have to be ready for a fight, for a battle there. It’s about intensity, that has to be much more and really improved. When you compare that last Sunday with City, that was the main lesson for us. We have to bring much more intensity in games, like against City and Everton is the same. That’s going to be a hard battle and we have to be ready for that.”

“Because it’s best in relation to recovery and to preparation for the game on Sunday.”