June 14, 2024

Erik ten Hag was pleased with Manchester United’s bravery during their 2-1 home victory against Chelsea.

United started strongly and won a penalty after Antony was fouled by Enzo Fernandez in the seventh minute, although Bruno Fernandes saw his effort saved by Robert Sanchez.

Ten Hag’s side continued pressing, though, and were rewarded when Scott McTominay scored from close range 10 minutes later.

Cole Palmer equalised for Chelsea shortly before half-time but United were again on top in the second half and a 69th-minute headed goal from McTominay proved to be the winner.

“It is not a frustration — in the end, we won but we could have made our lives much easier,” Ten Hag said.

“We started very good, proactive, brave, we created a lot of chances in that moment, we could have gone up with two or three goals.”

United are back at Old Trafford on Saturday when they host Bournemouth.

Steve Cooper says he was “embarrassed” to hear Nottingham Forest fans noisily chanting his name at Craven Cottage even when his side had been well beaten — as he felt he did not deserve such vociferous backing, after overseeing a 5-0 defeat.

The Reds head coach was still being loudly heralded by the travelling support even when they trailed 3-0 and 4-0 in the capital, while his name was also loudly chanted after the final whistle, at the end of what was one of the worst performances of his tenure.

Cooper says he was grateful to Forest fans for their continued support and acknowledged the relationship he has built with them during his tenure — but felt that their backing was undeserved on this occasion.

“It was embarrassing. I don’t deserve it. I am very grateful, you know that. It is unique, I know. But I just wish it was not the case, because what they showed outwardly, is the opposite of what they will be feeling inwardly,” said Cooper, who remains under significant pressure amid a run of one win in 11 Premier League games.

“Any criticism that comes from our supporters, you guys (the media) and the wider game, I have to accept that. I take responsibility for that. Please do not write anything different than that. It is down to me. I take ownership of that. But I felt embarrassed, purely because I did not deserve that (vocal backing from the stands).

“I know how I feel about them and the club and what it has done for me. But I cannot get the game out of my head. I heard it and I am grateful for it. But it is embarrassing to think I could get that reception on the back of what they have seen tonight, which is ultimately my responsibility.”

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