Ten Hag ‘hopes’ Man Utd score vs Newcastle after Omonia but he’ll need more than ’faith’ against best defence in league

ERIK TEN HAG knows what the problem is – and he just “hopes” his Manchester United can shoot it out of their system against Newcastle.

The Red Devils looked set for a night of frustration as Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho produced a stunning display at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag has every 'faith' his team will crack Newcastle's tight defence


Erik ten Hag has every ‘faith’ his team will crack Newcastle’s tight defenceCredit: AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates needed over 30 chances to finally score past Omonia


Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates needed over 30 chances to finally score past OmoniaCredit: AFP

He pulled off an incredible 11 saves to deny the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as the Cypriot minnows looked set to earn a point against Ten Hag’s first-choice stars.

However, he was finally beaten in the dying seconds as sub Scott McTominay secured a 1-0 win for United in the Europa League.

The result means United remain three points behind Group E leaders Real Sociedad after the Spaniards beat Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0.

Now attention switches back to the Premier League, where Ten Hag’s men have endured an up-and-down campaign so far.

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And after watching his team squander over 30 chances on Thursday against Omonia, he knows his men must be sharper if they are to find a way past the top-flight’s joint-best defence when they take on Newcastle this Sunday.

Ten Hag said: “Our finishing was not so good and we only hit the net once but it was enough to win the game and I’m happy with that.

“We kept believing, we didn’t give up and I have to give the team a compliment because we were so patient.

“Let’s hope we were saving our goals for the weekend and Newcastle United.”

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Ten Hag, when asked if his team have a problem scoring, added: 

“I have no concern because in every game we score. I have the faith we will continue with that.

“When you play against a defensively compact opponent and you don’t score, you get impatient.

“You can get sloppy and you lose the ball and then they break.

“I have a preference to score more and earlier because it makes it easier.”

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