‘We got hammered’ - Newcastle in Europa League driving seat as Manchester United boss makes telling admission

Manchester United manager Erik ten HagManchester United manager Erik ten Hag
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Manchester United were given a humbling by Crystal Palace - with Newcastle now in pole position for sixth spot

Erik ten Hag confessed his Manchester United side were “hammered” by Crystal Palace after they surrendered their Europa League advantage.

Newcastle United fans were cheering on every goal as the Red Devils were brutally put to the sword at Selhurst Park. Ten Hag’s men were thumped 4-0 by a resurgent Palace and, in truth, the scoreline flattered the visitors.

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Reported Newcastle target Michael Olise stole the show with two stunning strikes in each half. Just as the Magpies were a fortnight ago, Man United received a humbling in South London.

That defeat put Newcastle in the driving seat for sixth place - with the Red Devils now eighth behind Chelsea on goal difference. Speaking post-match, Ten Hag blasted the “team performance” as speculation intensified regarding his future.

"It's a goal that shouldn't happen because we really give clear instructions on how we should defend this," he told Sky Sports. "They didn't bring it on the pitch. We got hammered.

You can't put this (down to) one player. It's a team performance. It's clear, it's obvious, this is underperforming. We didn't act how we wanted to and it's not good enough. 

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“We are very disappointed. Our fans were behind us and we should have kept fighting like the fans did. There are always reasons. Everyone sees our backline - we have huge problems. At the end of the day, we have to deal with it and we should have done better."

"Absolutely (whether he is the right man for the job). I will keep fighting. I prepared the team in the best way I could. It was not good enough, I have to take responsibility for that but I will find energy and prepare them for Sunday's game."

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