According to manager Erik ten Hag, Manchester United has displayed inconsistency and faced difficulties in scoring goals this season. However, the club at Old Trafford is moving in the right direction in preparation for its Premier League derby against Manchester City on Sunday.
Manchester United has not been particularly convincing, especially on their home ground where they lost two out of their last three league games. Their victory against Brentford was achieved thanks to stoppage-time goals from Scott McTominay.
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Despite this, Ten Hag’s squad has won their last three matches in all competitions, and the Dutch manager is optimistic about the upcoming clash against the treble winners.
“We have returned to where we intended to be. This team is difficult to defeat; they find a way to win. Therefore, we are heading in the right direction,” Ten Hag stated to reporters.
“We still have a long way to go. I can see positives as well as negatives. We are not consistently at the level where we demonstrate our true potential during matches…. We fail to take advantage in attacking transition moments.”
Currently ranked eighth in the league table, Manchester United’s main issue lies in their lack of goals, having scored only 11 so far – fewer than any other team in the top half.
“At the moment, we are six points behind City, therefore we must catch up. We are aware that we need to improve as a team and make progress. It involves cooperation and movement, areas which we need to work on,” added Ten Hag.
“Cooperation needs to be seamless, although this week we showed some instances with numerous overload positions… and we fail to score or even hit the target.”
“We don’t have enough time to train this; we provide some guidance, but I believe in the quality of our players and their ability to score more goals.”
Ten Hag also revealed that Aaron Wan-Bissaka has resumed training after recovering from a thigh injury, while Casemiro is in a “race against the clock” to regain fitness.
In addition, the club is currently discussing Alejandro Garnacho’s social media post with the Football Association. The post contained gorilla emojis in a picture alongside Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana.
“I’m not concerned… but what you see, and I want to emphasize, is that we are united. You saw that with Andre’s post,” stated Ten Hag.
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