Erik ten Hag said ‘no team could deal with the injuries and issues we have had’ after Manchester United were beaten by Nottingham Forest.
Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest in their Premier League clash on Saturday evening. Despite aiming for consecutive wins following their impressive comeback against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, United couldn’t secure the victory at the City Ground.
Nicolás Domínguez put Forest in the lead in the 64th minute, but Marcus Rashford leveled the score with 12 minutes remaining. The tie was short-lived, as Morgan Gibbs-White swiftly restored Forest’s lead. Anthony Elanga, a former United winger, played a crucial role in setting up Gibbs-White for the winning goal.
Despite United’s efforts to find an equalizer, and even with 10 minutes of added time, they were unable to score, and Forest emerged victorious in the encounter.
Erik ten Hag blames injuries for Man United’s poor form
United were without several key players for the game against Forest
The Red Devils were far from full strength for the game in the Midlands. United have suffered injuries aplenty this season, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Rasmus Hojlund all unavailable for the game against Forest.Ten Hag bemoaned United’s injury problems after the match, telling the BBC:
“We have to make our performances consistent and have to do better. A game is 90 minutes and we have to invest from the first minute on. We are hopeful that many players will be back in the new year and they will strengthen the team and the squad.
“We know the reasons why it is not working. No team can deal with so many issues and injuries we have had. We should still have done better and we have depth in the squad. When you have so many injuries, the depth is not enough.”
“We have our problems”
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Erik ten Hag explains Kobbie Mainoo substitution
Mainoo was replaced at half-time
Kobbie Mainoo, United’s 18-year-old wonderkid, was named in the starting lineup for the fourth successive game. However, despite impressing in the first half against Forest, he was replaced by Scott McTominay at the break. Ten Hag explained that decision as he said, per Manchester Evening News:
“He played a third game in a row in this week and that’s tough, where he’s coming from. I thought the energy was a little bit lower than the other two games this week, therefore we brought some new energy in. I don’t regret it.
“I thought Scott [McTominay] brought energy, I thought second half was much better our side. The first goal, when you analyse it good, we were downsized. Nothing to do with the central midfield there.
“Second goal was a counter-attack where there was a miscommunication, we had players enough and the second part of it, in the first half there were some moments where Forest ran away. It’s a good play but we should have tracked that.”