Ten Hag ‘hopes’ Man Utd after Omonia v Newcastle but he needs more than ‘faith’ against the league’s best defence

ERIK TEN HAG knows what the problem is – and he ‘just hopes’ his Manchester United can blow it out against Newcastle.

The Red Devils looked like they were going to have a frustrating evening as Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho put in an impressive display at Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag is steadfast in his belief his team will crack Newcastle's tight defence

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Erik ten Hag is steadfast in his belief his team will crack Newcastle’s tight defencePhoto credit: AFP
It took Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates over 30 chances to finally score against Omonia

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It took Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates over 30 chances to finally score against OmoniaPhoto credit: AFP

He made a staggering 11 saves to beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford, while the Cypriot minnows looked set to win a point against Ten Hag’s top stars.

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

The result means United sit three points adrift of Group E leaders Real Sociedad after the Spaniards defeated Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0.

Attention is now turning back to the Premier League, where Ten Hag’s men have had a checkered season so far.

And having seen his team squander over 30 chances against Omonia on Thursday, he knows his men will need to be sharper if they are to find a way past the best defense in the top flight against Newcastle this Sunday.

Ten Hag said: “Our finish wasn’t that 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 compliment the team for being so patient.

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

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When asked if his team had a goal scoring problem, Ten Hag added:

“I’m not worried because we score in every game. I have confidence that we will continue with this.

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

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

“I prefer to score more and earlier because it’s easier.”

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