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Ten Hag urges Man Utd to stick to together after Magpies mauling
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Erik ten Hag is under pressure after losing 3-0 at home to Newcastle
Erik ten Hag is under pressure after losing 3-0 at home to Newcastle

Erik ten Hag admits Manchester United are playing "well below our standards" but urged his side to stick together after losing 3-0 to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

United's defence of the trophy ended in a rematch of last season's final as they slumped to an eighth defeat in all competitions this season.

Pressure is piling on Ten Hag after the Red Devils suffered their second 3-0 reverse at home in four days following Sunday's loss to Manchester City.

The Dutch boss told Sky Sports: "We know this is not good enough. We have to take responsibility for it, I have to take responsibility for it. 

"We don't give the performance, so I feel sorry for the fans. It is below our standards and we have to put it right.

"We have to recover from it but we have to quickly recover — Saturday is the next game [against Fulham], and we have to raise our standards. This is not good enough."

Asked if he felt United had the right characters to meet the standards at the club, Ten Hag said: "We have, I'm confident of that.

"Players will stand up, they are sticking together — you have seen, they have tried. 

"But we know this is not good enough, and as I said, I'm responsible for this, and we have to do this together.”

Miguel Almiron, Lewis Hall and Joe Willock were on target for the visitors as they recorded a famous win at Old Trafford.

Manager Eddie Howe insists his Toon side, who face Chelsea in the last eight, are hoping to better last season and lift their first trophy since 1955.

The Toon boss said: "It was a very good performance from us. The mentality was brilliant. We had injuries and picked one up early. It was a great response.

"We hope to go one better than last season. You can't go too far away. We return to the Premier League with Arsenal. 

"I know we have a tough schedule ahead and we look forward to it."


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