Erik ten Hag was critical of Manchester United’s poor finishing either side of half-time as they relied on a late winner to see off Fulham on Sunday.
Alejandro Garnacho stole all three points in injury-time for United in an eventual 2-1 victory, with Christian Eriksen’s first half opener being cancelled out by Daniel James in a sloppy second half for the Red Devils.
Fulham fought well and held United admirably at Craven Cottage, but Ten Hag’s side carved out plenty of high quality chances to put the game to bed, particularly on the cusp of the interval.
The Dutch coach was honest about that when speaking to press after the match, explaining: “I think in the first half we played quite well and I think we had to score more goals.
“The difference between us and Fulham had to be bigger after the first half.”
He added: “We were only 1-0 up and then a great chance after half-time. And then you see that two halves are never the same and the game changes. Fulham get better and better and more dominant, create chances and get the equaliser.”
But while he was disappointed with his side’s finishing – Eriksen, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford all spurned brilliant opportunities to score – he was impressed with where the winner came from.
“The winning has to do with the belief that you can always score. I’m really happy that a sub came in once again – it’s not only 11 players, you need a squad to win trophies and that is what we want.”