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Erik ten Hag claims he is 'absolutely' the right coach to help Man Utd progress

Erik ten Hag claims he is 'absolutely' the right coach to help Man Utd progress

Erik ten Hag insists that he is the right manager to take Manchester United forward despite their season hitting a new low.

The Red Devils suffered a pitiful 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday (06.05.24) but the coach says he is "absolutely" the right man for the Old Trafford hotseat as the pressure begins to mount with Sir Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS group making wholesale changes to the club's football operations.

Asked if he is the manager to oversee progress at United, Ten Hag told Sky Sports: "Absolutely. If the right players are available, we have a good squad. We miss almost the whole backline and then we have problems.

"I will keep fighting. I prepared the team in the best way I could do. It was not good enough, I have to take responsibility for that but I will find energy and prepare them for Sunday's game."

The United boss says it was the "worst defeat" of an awful campaign but stressed that a lack of fit defenders has made his task even more difficult.

Ten Hag said: "It is very disappointing. Under-performing. Definitely the worst defeat. We should have done better.

"We are aware, as a team performance, we were not correct, making big mistakes and not following the plan and the script and the rules we have.

"It's clear, it's obvious, this is underperforming. We didn't act how we wanted to and it's not good enough. We are very disappointed. Our fans were behind us and we should have kept fighting like the fans did.

"There are always reasons, everyone sees our backline - we have huge problems. At the end of the day, we have to deal with it."

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