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‘I don’t want to make excuses’ – Ten Hag doesn’t blame state of pitch for Aston Villa draw

The pitch was shocking in Perth for today’s game between Manchester United and Aston Villa.

It didn’t help that the game was played in shocking conditions – which helped United in the first half, especially for the own goal as the rain got extremely heavy.

After the 2-2 draw, Erik ten Hag was asked if his team’s performance was affected bu the state of the pitch.

“It was the focus. I don’t want to make excuses about the pitch or whatever. No matter what, we have to perform,” Ten Hag told The Telegraph.

“Football is a sport of mistakes and we have to decrease the mistakes. That’s clear, but I have seen a lot of progress in these two weeks.

“In the first half I saw really good football, really controlling and dominating the game, but we have to learn from what happened in the second half. It’s not possible that you go 2-0 and then throw it away.”

Ten Hag will want to see mistakes on tour in order to try iron them out before the competitive season begins in just two weeks when United take on Brighton at home in the Premier League.

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