Ten Hag delighted with Man Utd victory over Crystal Palace: Timing of press a highlight

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was delighted with their 3-1 win against Crystal Palace in Melbourne.

It made it three consecutive victories in preseason.

“I think it’s pre-season and we are happy with the improvement we see but also you see a lot of work to do,” Ten Hag told manutd.com. “We scored some wonderful goals and that is also true.

“I agree [that we are winning the ball higher up in the field in dangerous positions] and that is also the demand on the team. We press all day and, if we can, do that high up the pitch. But if we can’t, we get to do that in a lower block but we also have to press and do it together as a team.”

When asked by Bryan Robson to pinpoint a specific area that can be improved, Ten Hag replied: “The timing. When you start the press. For instance, I see still switches we can avoid and we can prepare a better press.

“And I think, also on the ball, we play well but you see, in the end, when it’s 2-0 or 3-0 up, the belief is increasing. And then, also on the ball, we can delay and we can postpone and we can fight opponents so they come out and we can speed up.

“The 2-0 [goal], especially, was a great goal.”