Erik ten Hag accepts responsibility for Manchester United’s Champions League Setbacks
After the first two incidents, United needed three points away in Galatasaray on Wednesday night to maintain control over their destiny in terms of making it into the round of 16.
But even though the Red Devils led 2-0 after just 19 minutes, they would only draw 3-3 in Turkey, with goalkeeper Andre Onana responsible for one, or even two, of Hakim Ziyech’s free kick goals.
Because of this, United is currently ranked last in Group A. They have one game left, which is a home match against Bayern Munich in two weeks, when they will need all three points to advance.
Onana, the Cameroon international, is under a lot of pressure today and tomorrow because he has already been responsible for key goals in United’s Champions League campaign.
Ten Hag, though, has maintained that it is his job to find a solution to United’s increasing propensity to give away leads in Europe.
“It is always me,” the Dutchman stated in an interview with TNT Sports. This is my fault. That would have been three points for us. This will be the same in further games, both away in Copenhagen and at home against Galatasaray.
“We had a great game. I must therefore commend my team while simultaneously criticising them, our coaching staff, and me as a manager.
“We are not defending well enough, we are leading 3-1 and you can’t afford such mistakes because it makes a difference.”
United has given up 14 goals in their first five Group A games, which is the most goals an English side has given up in the same amount of time in the Champions League.
In the meantime, United has become just the second side in a single Champions League season to give up two leads of at least two goals.
The next game for Ten Hag’s team is a Saturday night Premier League matchup against Newcastle United, who are now just one point below sixth-place Man United in the rankings.