Erik ten Hag admits one criticism of United 1-0 win over Bournemouth

Casemiro’s bicycle kick was enough for Manchester United to earn three points on the road against Bournemouth. As a result, the Reds need just one joint from their remaining two games in the league to secure a top four spot.

Manchester United took the lead after nine minutes when Christian Eriksen sent a floated cross into the box which deflected into the path of Casemiro before the Brazilian performed a bicycle kick to open the scoring.

Erik ten Hag was obviously happy with the three points, but he revealed one criticism he had in a post-match interview with BBC.

“The only criticism is we didn’t kill off the game, we had to produce that second goal but that’s the way this team are. It is not easy scoring goals,” Ten Hag told Match of the Day.

“It was a great goal from Casemiro. We pinned them back, didn’t let them breathe in the first 25 minutes.

“David de Gea made a mistake a few weeks ago but everyone can make mistakes. We defend with 11, that’s why we have so many clean sheets. David made some great saves.

“I don’t care what happens in Liverpool, it’s about us. We have to do the job.”

The Dutchman is right when he says United didn’t kill the game off. There was a lack of intensity on that front and Bournemouth were there for the taking.

At least United got the result they needed and it doesn’t look like we need to depend on results elsewhere. Ten Hag makes a valid point when he says we need to focus on ourselves – not Liverpool, who drew at home at Aston Villa. A result that swings in our favour nonetheless.

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