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‘We could have drawn!’ – Erik ten Hag blast failed Man Utd new signing as He gives post-match Man Utd verdict following Newcastle defeat

Erik ten Hag conceded that Newcastle United deserved the three points on Saturday night as his Manchester United side suffered a 1-0 defeat at St James’ Park.

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However, he argued that with a bit more luck in the latter stages, the visitors could have secured a draw.

Anthony Gordon’s second-half goal sealed the win for Newcastle, who dominated the game with 22 shots compared to United’s 0.38 expected goals.

Despite the Magpies’ clear superiority, the Red Devils had a chance to salvage a late draw when Sergio Reguilon’s volley deflected wide, and a goal in the 89th minute was disallowed due to an offside Harry Maguire.

Ten Hag found some reason for optimism in the late opportunities, stating, “We had a tough first half… but we had a good comeback in the last part of the game.

That is the fight we have to show. In the end, we stayed in the game and had some good chances from Reguilon. We could have drawn, and overall you have to say Newcastle deserve to win.”

The loss highlighted United’s lack of courage, passion, and leadership, recurring issues this season.

Despite this, Ten Hag pointed out the team’s resilience and their ability to bounce back from previous setbacks, citing their response after the defeat to Manchester City.

“This team is resilient, and we have seen after [the loss to Manchester] City. We had a bad defeat, but we keep together, we stick to the plan, and we keep going,” he said.

The defeat further extends United’s dismal record of losing to every side in the top nine this season, resulting in their drop to seventh in the Premier League table.

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