Premier League Newcastle were second-best against Man United – Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag admitted his Manchester United side were second-best for large spells of the game at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Anthony Gordon’s 55th-minute goal was enough to give the Magpies a victory at St James’ Park that sees them leapfrog United and move fifth in the Premier League table. Although he felt that Eddie Howe’s side deserved their win, Erik credited the Reds for staying in the game and believed they could have perhaps nicked a point at the end, as the energy of our substitutes showed in the final knockings of the contest.

“Well, so we had a tough first half. We said at half-time: ‘OK, we are pleased it is 0-0, we have to stay in the game.’ We didn’t, but we had a good comeback in the last part of the game, so that is the fight we have to show,” said Ten Hag.

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He continued: “We have to give credit to Newcastle. They played better than us tonight. We started well, we had a good chance by [Alejandro] Garnacho but then, for a long period, Newcastle had a better performance than us. We went down 1-0 but, to be fair, by the end of the game, we came back and had some good opportunities. [Sergio] Reguilon had a good chance, then [there was] the offside goal, so we fought back but we have to do this for the whole game.”

On what United needs to do ahead of their next game against Chelsea, Ten Hag said: “This week, it was not to our advantage but you have to take it as it is. We have to put this right. I know we are resilient. We can do that. Several weeks ago, we lost to [Manchester] City and then we had a good run [in the Premier League], so we have to get back to a good run.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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