Despite holding a two-goal advantage, United allowed the lead to slip away, resulting in a disappointing result.
According to ten Hag, the lack of effort from certain players contributed to the team’s failure to secure all three points.
Manchester United went into halftime with a comfortable 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
However, Tottenham fought back in the second half, with Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min finding the back of the net to secure a draw.
Despite United’s busy schedule, Erik ten Hag refused to use it as an excuse for the team’s lackluster performance.
Instead, he suggested that some of the players were not mentally prepared and lacked focus during the match, even though they had enough time to recover from their previous fixtures.
Ten Hag emphasized that playing at only 90% of their capacity was not enough to secure a victory.
“That’s why we give away goals.” We didn’t perform our jobs in terms of positioning.”
United had arrived in Tottenham four days after defeating Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
Last week, they also competed in the Europa League against Sevilla.
“I understand they are not robots, and it is a demanding schedule.” But when you play for Manchester United and when you play away, you have to give (all) on every occasion,” Ten Hag remarked.
Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason hailed his team’s character after they defeated Newcastle 6-1.
“You can win, lose, or draw in football, but the most important thing is that we are united and act as a team.” “I have a fighting team,” Mason remarked after his first game as interim manager in his second stint.
Son stated that their comeback was motivated by retaliation for a “unacceptable” performance the previous time around.
“Today, we wanted to bring good energy,” he explained. — According to Reuters