Sat 23 July 2022 | 13:48

Ten Hag's optimistic despite Manchester United’s setback against Villa

After friendly victories over Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, and Crystal Palace, Manchester United was stopped by Aston Villa following a second-half fightback from Steven Gerrard's side. However, the new Red Devils' boss has more positive things to take as he claims.

An own goal from Matty Cash and another from Jadon Sancho gave

Manchester United

a first-half 2-0 victory. However, Leon Bailey pulled one back as Calum Chambers equalized in the 93rd minute. However, Ten Hag has seen the positives and believes the setback can provide an education for the upcoming season.

Eric Ten Hag told



"First half, it was a decent performance, second half, we came back out of the dressing room and we had to control the game but we gave it away. That is no good, so that is a lesson.

"From the players, the team, I think there has been a lot of progress. There's been some positive aspects.

"In the end there was a setback but that is also a part of the season because a season is not always getting up, you will also have setbacks that you have to deal with."


Ten Hag

has outlined how he wants his team to continue to play in the coming friendly games against Atletico Madrid in Oslo and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford. He added:

"We now play a different type of football against different systems, I think that will also be the case when we play the two Spanish teams.

"What we want is to play proactive football, we want to play with initiative, we want to play attacking football. That is also what we have seen today over a long period but in the end, you have to control the game and that's what we didn't do."

The former


manager replaced interim boss Ralf Rangnick this summer after Manchester United's poorest Premier League season in club history.



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