Man Utd’s Dropped Points Getting ‘More Expensive’, Admits Ten Hag

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United’s squandered points are becoming “more expensive” as time runs out to secure a Champions League position following a heartbreaking defeat at Chelsea.

United conceded twice in stoppage time as Chelsea won 4-3 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Red Devils, who are sixth in the Premier League, conceded a 99th-minute equaliser against Brentford.

They are currently nine points behind fifth-placed Tottenham with eight games to go, and 11 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, who have played one extra game.

With league leaders Liverpool next up at Old Trafford on Sunday, United manager Ten Hag admitted it will be “difficult” to close the gap on the clubs ahead of them.

Fourth place guarantees admission into the Champions League next season, and fifth place may also qualify, based on Premier League clubs’ performance in European competitions this season.

“This week we’ve dropped points in stoppage time,” Ten Hag said.

“We’ve dropped five points and that’s very expensive because the points are getting more expensive because the games are running out. We know that and we have to catch up.

“We are many points behind. It will be difficult but we will keep fighting and our team has character.

“We have seen (against Chelsea) they are resilient and we will be in the fight against Liverpool.”

When asked if United will need to produce a flawless end to the season to make the top four, he added: “Yes, but that is also what I said before (the Chelsea) match.

“I have to manage the team. We have qualities, some great players, we can play to a very high standard.”

The Dutch manager also noted the importance of United supporters avoiding tragedy chants about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster for their meeting with Liverpool this weekend.

“It’s very important to be behind Manchester United and to support us in a positive way,” he said.

“There is a fantastic bond between the team and the fans and we want a positive mood at Old Trafford on Sunday.”

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