Erik ten Hag said a lack of self belief is to blame for Manchester United’s opening day defeat to Brighton and added that his players are struggling to shake off the hangover from last season.

Ten Hag’s first competitive game as United boss ended in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford as the Dutchman’s reign got off to the worst possible start.

Ten Hag said in a news conference after the game:

I think it was a good start and then after we dropped down a level in belief and we made mistakes and the opponent punished us.

I can understand that [a lack of belief] after last year but it’s not necessary. They are good players; self belief is from yourself.

I know it could happen, but I think we should have done better, that’s clear, but also it will not come overnight. Today we had a worse period during the first half and we have to learn from that. That’s also clear.

By Amara

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