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Ten Hag believes Man Utd deserved to win against Newcastle.

Ten Hag wasn't pleased his Man Utd side did not seal a win over Newcastle United.

Ten Hag wasn't pleased his Man Utd side didnt seal a win over Newcastle [Getty]
Ten Hag wasn't pleased his Man Utd side didnt seal a win over Newcastle [Getty]

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag bemoaned missed chances from Brazil midfielder Fred and England forward Marcus Rashford after they played out a goalless draw with Newcastle on Sunday.

The Red Devils had the opportunity to make it four wins on the bounce in all competitions but failed to do so, as Newcastle were energetic and resilient at Old Trafford.

Eddie Howe’s Magpies were the better side at the start and came close to breaking the deadlock when Joelinton hit the woodwork twice within three seconds.

United’s summer signing Antony also came close to scoring his fourth goal, but goalkeeper Nick Pope denied the former Ajax star from hitting the net.

In the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial goal as the Portuguese took the ball off the Pope and hit the net, believing Fabian Schar had played it back to the Newcastle keeper. Eventually, the goal got cancelled, and referee Craig Pawson handed the 37-year-old a yellow card for his antics.

Late in the game, Rashford, who replaced Ronaldo, created a good chance for Fred, but the Brazilian’s effort went wide, and moments later, Rashford could have secured the three points, but he also nodded wide, leaving both sides to take a point each.

'We should win the game'

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the draw, Ten Hag said: "The performance was good, a clean sheet, we pressed well, we controlled the game and in stages, we were good on the ball - especially in the second half.

"Then, we dictated the game and in the end, we could - we should - have score the winning goal. One from Fred, and then [Marcus] Rashford had to score.

"In the end, we could have got the win, we deserved the win, and it is a big compliment to the team that we deserved this with a physical performance against one of the most physical teams in the league. They [Newcastle players] all had cramps and we kept going.

"The team understands from front to back we cooperate together. We are hard to beat and we must keep that going."

When quizzed about Cristiano Ronaldo's disallowed goal, the Dutchman replied: "I don't have a comment, everyone has seen it. I shared that with them."

Manchester United play Antonio Conte's Tottenham Hotspur next at Old Trafford before travelling to Stamford Bridge to play Graham Potter's Blues over the weekend.

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