Erik ten Hag expresses confidence that his forwards will regain their scoring touch following Manchester United’s narrow 1-0 victory against Luton. Despite securing the crucial win with Victor Lindelof’s second-half goal, Ten Hag acknowledges missed opportunities and believes the team could have made the game easier for themselves.
Reflecting on the match, the Dutch manager states, “It’s a positive day. While we could have capitalized on more chances, I’m content with the clean sheet. We had four clear opportunities before halftime, and although we only converted one, I’m optimistic that our finishing will improve.”
Ten Hag remains unfazed by recent scrutiny, emphasizing the team’s ability to create scoring opportunities. He points to Rasmus Hojlund’s confidence, citing the player’s Champions League success, and anticipates more goals to come.
Despite dominating the game, Rob Edwards’ Luton side stayed competitive until the final whistle. Ten Hag acknowledges the desire for more convincing victories but credits the team’s resilience, stating, “Last season was similar, but it’s better for everyone if we score early. However, if we don’t, we must persist.”
Looking ahead to the upcoming fixtures after the international break, including matches against Everton, Newcastle, and Galatasaray, Ten Hag emphasizes the need for preparation. He discusses the challenge of three away games in six days, emphasizing the importance of player fitness and the team’s readiness for the demanding schedule.