Erik ten Hag was left disappointed after his side were knocked out of the Europa League by a determined Sevilla outfit.
Having drawn 2-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford last week, Sevilla handed United a 3-0 drubbing at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, with a double by Youssef En-Nesyri and a goal off Loic Bade’s shoulder condemning the Reds to a comprehensive defeat on Thursday to lose the tie 5-2 on aggregate.
“A disappointing performance. It was not good enough. We have to do better. No composure on the ball and we made the wrong decisions to quickly concede the goal and we never came into the game. We changed [things] but, straight after half-time, [we conceded] another goal which was avoidable. It can’t happen at our level,” said Ten Hag.
Ten Hag refused to blame defender Harry Magurie and goalkeeper David de Gea , whose errors were punished by Sevilla.
“It’s always about the team performance. Win together, lose together. We deal with the setback and have to deal with that. It is clear when we make these mistakes, it is difficult to win a football game. We have to be better, that is the demand. I think we lost a bit of our coolness in the build-up, they went high pressure, we didn’t really do well with that, I think we made more mistakes than we normally do.
“I think that the whole team today, we couldn’t catch up on the mistakes that team-mates made. I think every football player makes mistakes in the game, of course, mistakes like this, they punish us straight away on this level, so of course, we had to take that away. In the end, I think it’s how you bounce back from the mistakes, and I think today, we weren’t strong enough to bounce back from the mistakes we gave them.”
On De Gea, Ten Hag said: “He’s the one with the most clean sheets in the Premier League, so that shows he’s a very capable goalkeeper.”
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