Erik ten Hag has praised his side’s second-half performance in the defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils were looking to continue their run after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa in their last Premier League.

However, Ten Hag’s side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with all three goals coming in the second half of the encounter.

Scott McTominay replaced Kobbie Mainoo at the start of the second half, a substitution that many feel affected the game.

However, the Dutchman, who continues to be under pressure, has defended his decision while also blaming his side’s communication for the goal that condemned them to defeat.

“McTominay brought energy, I think the second half was much better on our side,” he said after the game.

“The first goal, when you analyse it well, has nothing to do with the midfield…. the second goal came from poor communication.”

United face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup on January 8 to commence their year.

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