Erik ten Hag admitted his Manchester United aspect ought to have scored extra objectives after they eased into the fourth spherical of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over League One Wigan.
United had 33 makes an attempt at objective, 14 of them on track, however in the long run solely managed to beat Latics’ spectacular younger goalkeeper Sam Tickle twice, first with Diogo Dalot’s Twenty second-minute curling shot after which with a 74th-minute penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho each hit the crossbar whereas Marcus Rashford introduced some tremendous saves out of Tickle, however this was the 18th out of 23 home video games wherein United’s forwards failed to seek out the web.
“It’s all about the win but first half, the way we played, the performance, how we worked the ball, how we made our runs, the investment in the final third, we created a lot of chances and that was pleasing to see,” Ten Hag stated.
“I think we should have scored more but the good thing is we created the chances.”
After a December wherein United misplaced six of 9 to extend the strain on Ten Hag, the supervisor couldn’t afford a slip-up and that confirmed in a group choice wherein he made solely two adjustments, one among them the return of Hojlund from sickness.
Antony was out via harm whereas Christian Eriksen was ailing, with Scott McTominay changing the Dane.
“We have so many injuries and illnesses but still we put out a strong side,” Ten Hag added. “We had a good team, so we were confident before, we must win this game.
“You never underestimate any opponent, definitely not this side, you know they will fight for their life because it’s the game of their life, we took the game very good.”
Wigan had an excellent early probability to take the lead with a fast break down the suitable, however goalkeeper Andre Onana denied Thelo Aasgaard from shut vary, and they’d not have such a transparent alternative once more.
“I think it’s a good save,” stated Liverpool-born Norway youth worldwide Aasgaard. “If it was on my right side I’d have the confidence to lift it but the keeper’s got down. It didn’t knock my confidence or anything. It was a good save.”
Wigan boss Shaun Maloney, the goal-scorer the one time Wigan have ever overwhelmed United in a aggressive fixture again in 2012, acknowledged that the second may have modified the evening, however admitted his aspect had been properly overwhelmed.
“It might change the dynamic at that time in the game,” Maloney stated. “United had some chances as well. We have to take a lot from it. Some of our players individually had really good performances. It is never nice to get beat but I hope we take a lot from it.
“In terms of effort, I’m very, very proud of what the players gave, it was a difficult match. United played very well. They’re a difficult opponent with the ball, we tried to be as aggressive as we could.
“We found it tough, I couldn’t criticise my players. We needed some good saves from the goalkeeper.”
Wigan had saved themselves within the sport till Liam Shaw caught the toe of Fernandes with a bit over quarter-hour left, and the United captain’s response made positive Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.
“At the time I wasn’t so sure but what I would say is I’ve seen a slow motion (replay) and I think when you tackle like that and there is contact it’s going to be a penalty,” Maloney stated. “I’ve got no complaints.”