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Manchester United’s  Performances Have To Be Consistent, Says Ten Hag

Manchester United Manager, Erik Ten Hag has said his side needs to show consistency and seize the initiative if they are to finish well at the end of the season.

The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday night. despite Marcus Rashford’s equaliser raising hopes of a positive result to end the calendar year but the game hinged on a pivotal moment as Matt Turner saved from Christian Eriksen at one end, before a breakaway raid was finished off by Morgan Gibbs-White to hand the points to the home side, to move them away from the relegation zone.

“The ranking doesn’t lie. We have to make our performances consistent so we have to do better and have to invest from the first minute. But I know the reasons and it makes no sense to get frustrated. I have to work on my team and that is what we are doing day by day.” a disappointed said in a post-match interview

The Dutchman accused his players of lacking energy and motivation during an awful first-half display in which they mustered just one shot.

“It’s disappointing. The loss was unnecessary. We lost it in the first half. We weren’t energised enough or invested enough,” Ten Hag said.

“We should invest more in the first half. In the second we were better. In the first half, we should have created some moments and we didn’t.

“We know these results are below our standards The players are not happy with this but we have to do better.”

United, nine points adrift of the top four, have lost nine of their opening 20 league games for the first time since 1989-90.

It is now 14 defeats in all competitions for seventh-placed United this season — the last time they had more heading into the new year was 1930-31.

They finished 2023 with 21 defeats in all competitions, an unwanted figure they have only surpassed three times in their illustrious history.

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