Erik ten Hag not overly concerned with his team’s inability to score goals
Erik ten Hag hopes his team are “saving goals for next week” after their wastefulness upfront against Omonia Nicosia in the Europa league.
Man Utd had to squeeze water from rock to get a goal against Omonia.
A goal from Scott McTominey was all that it took for the Red Devils to get the maximum points.
Ten Hag on the order was not overly concerned by United’s profligacy and expects his side to start scoring more regularly soon.
Asked if winning was the main thing, Erik ten Hag told BT Sport: “No, it’s not, because football is about scoring goals.
“We created so many chances but we only hit the back of the net once. The team are patient, they kept creating and then they scored.
“I have no concern because in every game we score. I have the faith we will continue with that. Hopefully we’re saving the goals for next week.
“We said at half-time we need to keep the focus. When you play against a defensively compact opponent and you don’t score, you get impatient. You can get sloppy and lose you the ball and then they break.
“I have a preference to score more and earlier because it makes it easier. We still have two games to go and we go game to game.”
“We knew we needed the win tonight but that they’d be fired up too,” Erik ten Hag said.
“Neil Lennon is a great coach and no games like this are ever easy. Everyone is pleased with the result.
“You have to be patient sometimes. Rashford had so many chances and we did everything but score. Their goalkeeper was a different class but we created enough chances and deserved to score in the end.
“I wasn’t on the pitch for the majority of the game but sometimes you think it’s not going to be your day. The team spirit is good though and no one ever gives up.
“It’s a massive goal because we need to win the group.”
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