Every word from Ten Hag's press conference

Saturday 30 September 2023 18:55

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said there were "no excuses" when speaking to reporters in his post-match press conference, after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Joachim Andersen scored the only goal of the game in the first half as the Eagles avenged their Carabao Cup defeat at Old Trafford four days earlier.

After the game, Ten Hag fielded questions on consistency, Marcus Rashford and our home record, and you can read all his answers in full below.

Watch Ten Hag's post-match press conference Video

Watch Ten Hag's post-match press conference

Erik speaks to reporters after United v Crystal Palace at Old Trafford...

There were some boos at the final whistle there, is that fair?
''I understand when we play at home or away against Crystal Palace, we have to win. With all the respect, and I know every game in the Premier League is difficult, but you have to play your best. I understand fans are expecting a win, but we lost.''

Is your concern that the season is going to be like this? Kind of up and down, a couple of wins, a defeat, then a re-group. That seems to be the pattern so far...
''Of course, that is the concern but we have to be more consistent. This is not just a demand from Man Utd, the demand is that we get a row of wins, to get into a rhythm; we have to do better than we are doing right now.''

Why is it like this so far this season? Is there any main reason why?
''I can't give you reasons because you will only see that as an excuse and there are no excuses. We have to win.''

Is Marcus Rashford's form a concern? He had such a good season last year and he only has one goal this season. He came off today and the crowd seemed lifted by Alejandro Garnacho's introduction...
''I think he knows he can do better than he is now and I'm sure it will come. He works hard and it will come, but not automatically. The team has to work around him, and they have to invest a lot. The decision-making wasn't good enough and then we don't score.''

Old Trafford used to be a fortress. Are you a soft touch here now as lower teams who you just eluded to that United expected to beat are winning here? And even the bigger teams like Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Tottenham?
''We lost two games in a row in the Premier League now, that is clear, but I wouldn't set that as a conclusion now. We have to do better, that is definitely the case but we have to show it, even in our body language. Old Trafford needs to be a fortress and [we need to show] that you can't get anything here. The only way other teams do that is if we lose. We have to do better here.''

You just mentioned body language. I am not necessarily going to suggest that Crystal Palace wanted it more but each and every player for them put in a shift today. Did you feel that you had the same from your team today?
''I can't blame the players that they didn't run, I think they gave everything. In the final part, in both boxes, we didn't do well. We only conceded three chances and the three chances were all from set plays. That tells me we were in control. We were often in the final position in the final part, but as I just explained we didn't make the right decisions, on and off the ball; that is of course very disappointing. We have to be more clinical and be more determined. So if you asked me that question, we have to be more clinical and determined to score a goal. You have to show more willingness to get more impact if you want to score a goal.''

Since you made some good chances and got the ball into the box, is United's problem not getting any luck?
''No, it is not a matter of luck, you cannot explain it like this. It's the form on the day and as a team. We got into the right spot but you have to make the right decisions to create more. But even then, we created many occasions in front of goal and then you have to convert. I think we can only blame ourselves.''