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Erik Ten Hag says United played well in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City

Manchester United could have snatched all three points from Etihad

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has shared his thoughts following the team's 3-1 Premier League defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, March 3. Despite the loss, Ten Hag believes his team put up a 'good' performance.

Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United an unexpected lead with a stunning strike in the eighth minute of the game. This lead was maintained for 50 minutes until City managed to equalize. Erling Haaland of Manchester City missed a golden opportunity just before half-time when he failed to score from three meters out despite being unmarked.

Pep Guardiola’s side managed to restore parity through Phil Foden two minutes shy of the hour mark. Foden then put the Cityzens ahead with only ten minutes left in play. Haaland redeemed himself from his earlier miss by scoring a fine goal that sealed their victory over United. This win ended United’s impressive record of remaining unbeaten in 143 Premier League games after leading at half-time.

The United manager thinks they should’ve snatched a point

Despite managing just one shot on target and being comprehensively outplayed in the second period, Ten Hag remains optimistic about his team's performance. He insists that they had their moments during this challenging match against one of their fiercest rivals.

Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, said:

"I think it was a good performance overall, we went 1-0 up, and we had out moments after it to score the second one:"

"We defended very well and there were two defining moments when we nearly made a breakthrough and conceded the first goal. Then you are disappointed, we have to accept it, and still (there) were had the opportunties to at least get one point, but the win was also possible."

The defeat - their second consecutive loss - leaves United sixth in Premier League standings but trailing by eleven points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa (55) with only eleven games remaining. On a brighter note for Guardiola's side, this victory brings them within one point of league leaders Liverpool.

while it was undoubtedly a tough day for Manchester United and its fans, manager Erik ten Hag remains positive about his team’s performance and potential going forward.

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