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Erik ten Hag vows to ‘keep fighting’ after Man United’s dismal 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace… as the under-pressure boss insists his players are ‘letting each other down’

  • Crystal Palace defeated Manchester United 4-0 at Selhurst Park on Monday
  • Erik ten Hag admitted after the match that the defeat was a low point in their season
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Erik ten Hag vowed to continue as Manchester United manager despite admitting he hit rock bottom in a difficult season at Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

United suffered a club record 13th Premier League defeat when they were defeated 4-0 at Selhurst Park, and have now conceded 81 goals in all competitions – the most since 1977.

Ten Hag compared his team’s lack of fight to the enthusiasm of the supporters as he called the dismal performance ‘not nearly good enough’.

“Clearly this is underperforming. We should have kept fighting like the fans did,” the United boss said.

“It wasn’t correct, we made big mistakes, we didn’t follow the plan, the script and the rules that we have. Of course also individual mistakes, but then we would have had to cover each other, and we didn’t do that. We let each other down and you get the worst defeat.”

Erik ten Hag promised to ‘keep fighting’ after Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Crystal Palace
Casemiro, who was captain that evening, was heavily criticized after a dismal performance

Ten Hag insisted he remains the man who can take United forward in the face of a crippling injury crisis.

“Absolutely,” he said. ‘If the right players are there and available, we have a good squad.

‘I will keep fighting. I prepared the team as best as possible. Ultimately I have to make do with the players that are available.’

When asked if this was the low point of the season, he replied: ‘Yes, it was very bad. How we gave away the goals and above all: easy giveaways and that shouldn’t happen.’

Ten Hag insisted the players were still behind him and refused to blame Casemiro, who had a torrid night from the moment Michael Olise scored the first of his two goals.

Ten Hag admitted this was a low point of the season as United were mauled by Palace
Michael Olise scored twice for Crystal Palace in their resounding win over the Red Devils

“You can’t put this on one player, it’s a team effort,” he added.

‘That is a goal that should not happen. We gave very clear instructions on how to defend this. They didn’t bring it onto the field and we got hit.”