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Erik ten Hag reveals how Manchester United players felt following Crystal Palace fan reaction



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Erik ten Hag has explained how the Manchester United players felt when fans applauded them following a 4-0 loss against Crystal Palace.

After enduring a series of disappointing performances in the Premier League, notably a 1-1 draw with Burnley and a crushing 4-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, Manchester United are turning their attention back to Old Trafford.

Their next challenge awaits as they prepare to host Arsenal on their home turf, with Mikel Arteta’s squad deeply embroiled in the climax of an electrifying title race involving Manchester City and Liverpool.

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Although Liverpool have declined since their FA Cup loss against United in March, Arsenal and City have been exchanging blows throughout the remaining months of the campaign, with only one point separating them.

However, it’s worth noting that City have a match in hand. They face Fulham on Saturday, a full 28 hours before kick-off at Old Trafford. This pending fixture at Old Trafford is crucial for both sides as United strive to secure European football for the next season.

The loss against Crystal Palace significantly hampered United’s chances of qualifying for the Europa League next campaign, but after the game, the travelling fans made a point of applauding the players.

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Although some were confused, Erik ten Hag has explained that he was very happy with this reaction as he felt it showed the fans had unity with the club despite poor results.

“On Monday, we were so poor, but they backed us. They were so positive, and I was really pleased with that unity, with that strong bond they constructed,” he told club media.

Ten Hag was then asked if the applause meant a lot for him and his staff, but the manager then replied by explaining how it made the players feel, too.

“And for the players, especially. They felt that strong unity, they felt that strong support.”

Manchester United have a chance to make it up to fans as Erik ten Hag’s men face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.