Erik ten Hag says Manchester United have proven they’ll bounce again from defeats, however now they have to present the identical energy throughout matches.
United put their sobering Europa League defeat to Sevilla on Thursday behind them by reaching the FA Cup remaining with a penalty shoot-out victory over Brighton which additionally retains their double hopes alive.
Ten Hag’s facet had been closely criticised for his or her efficiency simply three days in the past but confirmed resilience within the stress moments at Wembley to grind out a vital victory.
“It was the worst recreation of the season in Sevilla,” mentioned Ten Hag. “You’ll be able to’t change it anymore however take the teachings for the long run.
“What we have proved is we are able to cope with setbacks and bounce again between video games, however now what we have now to enhance is bouncing again in a recreation, in troublesome conditions, in away stadiums, we have now to indicate character, stick with it and keep on with the plan.
“Even when we performed a foul recreation, there was alternatives on Thursday evening to bounce again in that recreation and get again into it. If you happen to can combat three days after a defeat, you can even do this in a recreation. It is simply controlling your feelings, sticking collectively and turning across the recreation.
“We’re bodily and mentally sturdy. We confirmed the character and character to try this. I can let you know it isn’t really easy however we did it. We had been decided to win this recreation.”
Ten Hag additionally praised David de Gea for his efficiency after the goalkeeper was at fault on Thursday, in addition to Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho for scoring their penalties, having missed within the Euro 2020 remaining.
“David performed an excellent recreation out and in of possession, made some nice saves which he’s doing so usually this season,” the Dutchman mentioned.
“We’ve got probably the most clear sheets within the Premier League and one other one at the moment. We had been so decided and fought for it. We had been organised, they’d probabilities however we had probabilities as effectively in transition and direct play.
“Marcus and Jadon are snug on penalties. They handled it. It is a very long time in the past [the Euro 2020 final] however they’re so calm and composed in coaching, I do know this can be a totally different event, but it surely’s nice they’ve this expertise.
“It would assist them for the long run. I do not suppose there’s a hesitation there, there was by no means a hesitation earlier than as a result of they’re actually good penalty-takers.”
De Zerbi: We deserved to win | Clear minds wanted on Wednesday
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi felt his facet deserved to win the sport and arrange a remaining with Manchester Metropolis in June.
“We deserved to win as a result of we performed higher and we had extra probabilities to attain,” he mentioned.
“We suffered in the course of the second half however for the opposite a part of the sport we commanded the play, we performed within the different half of the pitch.”
Requested what he mentioned to Solly March, who missed within the shoot-out, De Zerbi mentioned: “Not too many phrases. I informed him I used to be a participant and made lots of errors in penalties and it is not an issue.
“He was top-of-the-line gamers by way of high quality of efficiency on the pitch. I am pleased with him, particularly at the moment.”
De Zerbi is aware of Brighton should bounce again shortly if they’re to complete within the prime six of the Premier League.
“The gamers are centered on our goal,” he mentioned. “We’re taking part in effectively, we deserve to realize our goal within the Europa League, however soccer might be merciless, might be not proper, not truthful, we have now to be able to combat, beginning on Wednesday towards Nottingham Forest.
“It will likely be a really powerful recreation and I need the identical workforce I watched at the moment. I already spoke with my gamers, we have now to shut at the present time, this web page, however we have now to be pleased with the efficiency, for the individuals who demand and for the gamers for the standard of play.
“I’ve lots of confidence in my gamers. After we end this season we have now to talk with the membership and know the plan to know if we are able to enhance the squad or not. We arrived with out lots of necessary gamers. I am at all times optimistic, I like my gamers however we have now to be stronger to combat and compete one other 12 months at this stage of efficiency and outcomes.
“You’ll be able to develop higher if you lose an necessary recreation as a result of for those who win, win, win it is troublesome to enhance. At this time we’re very unhappy and disillusioned, however we have now to be centered on the Nottingham recreation and the final 9 video games.
“I am fortunate to have lots of nice gamers. I am unhappy for them as a result of they deserve one other unbelievable day, to play a remaining with Man Metropolis. They deserved to win and deserve extra in soccer as a result of they’re unbelievable gamers.
“It will likely be a foul evening not solely tonight as a result of it was a dream for us. I spoke with the gamers now within the dressing room, I informed them we have now to have a transparent thoughts to shut at the present time and suppose just for the remainder of the season. If we play on Wednesday with our heads at Wembley, we will not win.”
Man Utd’s remaining fixtures
April 27: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8:15pm
April 30: Aston Villa (H) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm
Might 4: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, stay on Sky Sports activities
Might 7: West Ham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7pm
Might 13: Wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
Might 20: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
Might 25: Chelsea (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, stay on Sky Sports activities
Might 28: Fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm
June 3: Man Metropolis (N) – FA Cup remaining, kick-off TBC
Brighton’s remaining fixtures
April 26: Nottingham Forest (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.30pm
April 29: Wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
Might 4: Man Utd (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, stay on Sky Sports activities
Might 8: Everton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm
Might 13: Arsenal (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm
Might 18: Newcastle (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.30pm
Might 21: Southampton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm
Might 24: Man Metropolis (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, stay on Sky Sports activities
Might 28: Aston Villa (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm