United weathered a number of lengthy, sustained spells of Villa strain through the 90-plus minutes, and Ten Hag admitted that his facet nonetheless should discover ways to enhance at preserving leads just like the one given to us by Rasmus Hojlund’s first-half end.
“We may have finished extra [like we had done when] we pressed within the first 20 minutes,” lamented the boss. “And by making higher selections on the ball.
“We went, in each state of affairs, for purpose, as an alternative of protecting the ball. We have been 1-0 up, and when you may’t go for purpose, recognise the state of affairs after which make selections [to] preserve the ball and entice them out, then discover the best second to hurry up. That may be within the early moments, however not all the time. Intelligent gamers, they learn the sport.”