Erik ten Hag insists Andre Onana is not the only player to blame for Manchester United’s 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
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Bayern took the lead in the 28th minute at the Allianz Arena after Leroy Sane’s low effort squirmed past Onana, who took full responsibility for United’s defeat after the match.
Serge Gnabry then doubled Bayern’s lead four minutes later to give Thomas Tuchel’s side a 2-0 lead by half time.
Four minutes after the restart, Rasmus Hojlund scored his first goal for United to pull Ten Hag’s side back into the game but Christian Eriksen was then harshly punished for a handball inside United’s area and Harry Kane stepped up to score the penalty.
Casemiro struck with two minutes remaining to hand another lifeline for United but Mathys Tel’s excellent finish restored Bayern’s two-goal advantage before Casemiro netted again with just seconds of the game to spare.
‘Disappointed because we should stay in the game,’ Ten Hag told TNT Sports when asked for his verdict on United’s fourth defeat of the season.
‘When you score three goals at Bayern you should at least take a point.’
When made aware that Onana had taken the blame for United’s defeat, Ten Hag replied: ‘It’s good he’s doing that but it’s about the team.
‘Mistakes are always being made but you have to bounce back as a team, when you score three goals at Manchester United, even when one players makes a mistake, it’s done, it’s gone, that’s what we as a team have to believe, that we can always bounce back.
‘Tonight we showed it, if you stay in the game and find yourself in the game then kep going, even when there are mistakes.
‘It’s not only about one mistake, before that it was too easy for the player to get a shot, you have to be consistent in such moments and then you will win games.’
Ten Hag then said in his post-match press conference: ‘It was not only Andre, of course he knows he has to stop that ball.
‘But the way Sane came through, that cannot be. And I think the second goal is almost similar over the other side, how easy players are coming through and entering our box and can finish, it can’t be.
‘In football there will always be mistakes, this was one mistake, we also don’t make it bigger than it is.
‘As I said already it was not only Andre in that goal, there were more [responsible].
‘After that in the second half he made great saves for us, he shows his capabilities, he will bounce back, he is an important player.’
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