Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag talked to the media ahead of the Reds’ Boxing Day clash with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
The Reds will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to West Ham, when they face the Villans at 20:00 GMT, on home turf.
Unai Emery’s high-flying side will no doubt provide stern opposition, however, and is a test that Ten Hag previewed United coming up against during his pre-match press conference.
“To start [we have to understand] the meaning of the first goal. When you control the game as we did today, but Villa are different side. They are in very good form and are a very good team. So we have first come to that point, but if you are creating the chances, you have to take them if you want to win the game because otherwise you don’t win games. That’s clear.”
On his message to United fans, Ten Hag said: “Firstly, I am sure they are very disappointed in us and we have to put things right. We have to do things differently and we really appreciate all the time they’re supporting us, even with the setbacks we have during this season, they’re all the time behind us and we are really appreciative of that. But of course we need any help [we can get]. But first of all, the team and I have to do it.”