Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag was unimpressed with his side’s performance in front of goal despite their 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Anthony Martial opened the scoring after half an hour before Alejandro Garnacho scored four minutes into second-half stoppage time to ensure a comfortable victory at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils had lost consecutive games against Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United by a one-goal margin, and they needed a win to get their campaign back on track.
The victory over Wolves leaves Man United needing six points from their remaining three fixtures to guarantee Champions League football next season.
“We had to bounce back,” Ten Hag told MUTV in his post-match interview. “We had two defeats, individual mistakes, with no energy. So we played slow.
“Today, we had to win, and we did it. I think we played a quite good game. Hot weather and the circumstances, but the players dealt with it.”
Man United dominated proceedings against Julen Lopetegui’s side, who had more possession, recording 27 shots but only managed to get nine on target.
However, they were guilty of profligacy in front of goal at times, converting just two of the four big chances they created in the game.
Wolves goalkeeper Daniel Bentley had a Premier League debut to remember after making eight saves, but Ten Hag insists his players should have been more clinical in the final third.
“The first goal is always very important,” he added. “If you don’t get it, stick to the plan, be composed, and it will come. If it comes, it’s good. It’s better, and life is more easy.
“We missed great opportunities. And, once again, we made the keeper from the opponent the Man of the Match – and that’s often the case.
“We have to be more clinical, and then games are more easy, but I’m, of course, happy with today’s result.”
Man United have consolidated their spot in the top four by increasing their lead over Liverpool to four points. Jurgen Klopp’s side visit Leicester City on Monday night.
Ten Hag’s side will travel to Vitality Stadium next weekend to take on Bournemouth, knowing they can ill-afford a slip-up at this crucial stage of the season, with Liverpool hot on their heels.
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