Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag admitted that his side was to blame for their frustrating 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.
While the Red Devils appeared to be in the driving seat going into halftime thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ opening goal in what was a dominant first-half performance. The home team equalized in second-half injury time when Michael Olise fired home a stunning free-kick goal.
“It was one key moment where we conceded the goal,” ten Hag explained. “It was unnecessary — we should’ve gone for a second goal.” Ten Hag explained further that his team should have looked to expand their lead as one moment can change the course of the game when there is only a one-goal lead.
Ten Hag felt that while his team performed well, they failed to perform their job up front by not attempting to score a second goal. The Dutch manager praised Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford for their impact on the wings along with Alejandro Garnacho for his creativity and Scott McTominay for the pressure that he applied.
Following the draw, Man Utd find themselves in third place in the league standings, ahead of Newcastle United by one point and tieing on points with second-placed Man City.