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Erik ten Hag provides shock reaction to terrible Man United defensive statistic



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Erik ten Hag has claimed that Manchester United “defended well” against Everton following their 2-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, as goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford handed the club three big Premier League points against Everton.

However, as has been the story this season at United, Erik ten Hag‘s men faced 23 shots at their goal, with André Onana having to make another six saves to continue his brilliant 2024 performances.

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Speaking to TNT Sports, Ten Hag was asked after the fixture if he is worried about the statistic that United have conceded 134 shots on goal in their last six games – which is far too many shots.

In reply, Ten Hag slightly shockingly said that he thought his team defended well, explaining that this is proved by the fact that United’s expected goals (2.85) was superior to Everton’s (1.78).

“We defended very well. Our expected goals is much higher than them,” he said. “We are defending low quality chances. Sometimes we are defending very low and we can do that very well.”

Continuing, he explained that he was happy with his side’s overall performances in some areas, but felt that his players could have made better choice in others.

“In areas yes, especially with our attacks and counter-attacks, but we can make better choices to rest on the ball, choosing when to break,” he said. “We could have scored three or four goals not just the two penalties. We defended quite well, we could have been a bit better in the build-up.

“We could have been calmer and more composed on the ball. Everton did well and pressed high, which gave us lots of chances in behind.”

Next up, United are set to welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals as both sides bid to secure their spot at Wembley Stadium for the semis.