Ten Hag: We will turn things around

Saturday 16 September 2023 18:16

Erik ten Hag says Manchester United will turn things around, following the 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls ended our unbeaten home record in the Premier League that stretched all the way back to the manager's first competitive game in charge, against the south-coast side at the beginning of last season.

It has been 31 games in all competitions since we tasted defeat at the Theatre of Dreams, to Real Sociedad, and it was a bitter pill to swallow after Rasmus Hojlund looked to have equalised Danny Welbeck's opener, on his full debut, before half-time, only for VAR to rule it out.

Further strikes by Pascal Gross and Joao Pedro put the visitors three in front, with substitute Hannibal smashing in a long-range consolation.

Ten Hag’s post-match interview Video

Ten Hag’s post-match interview

Erik ten Hag feels United were unfortunate at times during the 3-1 defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford…

Speaking to MUTV, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports and Talksport, here is some of what the boss had to say afterwards...


"We are disappointed and I think it's normal, especially when you have seen the game. Such head to head, such small margins. In the first half, we created a lot of chances but we didn't score and they scored on their second attack, their first chance and we concede a goal. The first 20 minutes was very good. I think we had the chances, in the first half, I think we played very well but we didn't score. We didn't finish."


"In this period, we have to deal with setbacks and the disallowed goal, just before half-time, it was not our day, not our period. We fought back and then we get a goal, or at least we thought we got a goal and then it was disallowed. It's difficult, it's not falling on our side but it will change. The moment before half-time can get you back in the game."


"The second goal was probably their second chance of the game. You have to deal with it and look at the team and who has the character, who is taking the lead, taking the initiative in this moment. It is difficult to deal with it but you have to do it. As I've said, stick to the plan, stick to the rules. You have to believe, you have to fight as a team and we will turn it [around]."


"We have to improve, there are things for the team and the individuals, who have to step up. Sometimes, in those difficult periods, where we are now, you have to face that and you have to deal with that. In this moment, we don't deal well with it but we showed that least year, the resilience and determination, also in defence, as you say."


"You will see the game. Did you see [us at] Arsenal? Did you see [us at] Spurs? They could have been the other way. We have to correct it by ourselves. We can't blame anyone else. We have to do better, be more resilient and be more determined to get these wins."

Report: United 1 Brighton 3


The Reds lose our long unbeaten home record despite a first goal for Hannibal.


"I think it was very good that Hojlund, obviously the crowd embraced his first performance, his first performance at Old Trafford, which is very good, when you bring in a new player and he gets this reception. Everyone is excited by it and I think he performed very well so we are happy. This is the next step, after his injury, he recovered from it. He has some deficiencies in fitness and we have to build that. But I think it was another big step."


"We have to fight back, stick together in this moment. It will pass away. It's not coming but we have to work for it and we have to believe in it and then we will turn it [around]. We have to analyse this game, see where we have to improve and then we go to the next opponents. It's a different competition, in Europe, we are looking forward but it is a great opportunity."