Manchester United were wasteful in front of goal against Leeds United and ultimately had to settle for a point at Old Trafford last night.
Erik ten Hag admitted that he was unhappy with how the team started the game.
“You can say we won a point because when you are in a derby and come back from 2-0 down it is good.” Ten Hag said (via the BBC).
“But on the other hand when you start a derby as we did it’s unacceptable. You have to be ready to fight and we weren’t ready for the battle.
“We created great chances. Garnacho twice. Sabitzer. The header of Raphael. At half-time, we had to equalise.
“In the last 20 minutes when it was 2-2, we created so many chances but the finishing was not always that good. We have to be more clinical.”
Man United had 24 shots against Leeds, but only seven were on target.
Alejandro Garnacho had some great chances to score goals early on but failed to keep his composure in front of goal.
Bruno Fernandes played a delightful lofted cross into his path. Garnacho’s first touch was exquisite, but he dragged his shot just wide of the post.
A few moments later, Fernandes found Garnacho in acres of space to run towards the goal.
The 18-year-old rounded Illan Meslier, leaving the goalkeeper on the floor.
He tried to squeeze the ball into the net, but defender Maximilian Wober blocked the shot on the line with his head.
Marcel Sabitzer, making his full debut, cleverly worked the ball onto his left foot before striking it cleanly but Meslier matched his shot with a fine save.
Coming back from a two goal-deficit and claiming a point may feel good, but playing out a draw at home against a team battling against relegation should be taken as a loss.
If the Red Devils were more clinical tonight, they would be sitting level with Manchester City on points in the Premier League.
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