Erik ten Hag gives one-word response to Man Utd sack fears in message to Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Erik ten Hag maintained he’s “absolutely” the right man to lead Manchester United forward despite his team sinking to a 4-0 defeat away at Crystal Palaceto prompt questions about his future.

Michael Olise scored twice for Palace, with Jean-Philippe Mateta and Tyrick Mitchell also on target. It could have easily been five, too, with Odsonne Edouard beating Andre Onana but seeing his shot cannon back off the post.

I will keep fighting,” Ten Hag told Sky Sports after the game. “I prepared the team in the best way I could do. It was not good enough – by far not good enough – I have to take the responsibility for that. But I will find energy and I will prepare them for Sunday’s game [against Arsenal ].

“At the end of the day I have to do it with the players who are available. All season we have huge problems and right now this is the fourth defeat in this calendar year, which is not a lot. Every time we had huge problems and many times we saw it out, today we didn’t.”

When asked if he felt he was the right man to lead United forward, the former Ajax boss said: “Absolutely.” He added: “If the right players are there and available, we have a good squad, but we missed almost a whole back line and then we have problems

Ten Hag’s team were missing several players through injury, and were forced to field a makeshift centre-back pairing of Casemiro and Jonny Evans. Club captain Bruno Fernandes was also absent, but despite the long absentee list the performance earned a great deal of criticism.

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