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Lucas Digne’s brilliant free kick could have been stopped if Man Utd’s wasn’t as far back.
At least that’s the view of Dutch tactician Erik ten Hag, who has blamed his players for retreating too far before Aston Villa scored.
Ten Hag declared: “I think the free-kick [from Lucas Digne] is stoppable because the wall is too far [over].
“Okay, these small details, but small details make a difference in top football.
“The details are everything to us because we were not fresh.
“When you start the game, you always have the attitude and I think that was one of our best standards, as we were really on the front foot and ready to play in all the games to now. Today, we were not.”
Angel Gomes has confessed he would love to return to Old Trafford one day.
The midfielder was released in 2020, after failing to agree a new contract with United.
He has recently blossomed at Lille, but believes he has unfinished business in England.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Gomes told French outlet L’Equipe when asked about his United exit.
“In my heart, I wanted to leave, in my head I was thinking of staying. But I had to follow my heart. I felt that I needed to take another step in my career.
“I felt that, had I stayed, there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunities for me. Luis Campos [Lille’s then sporting director] and Lille spoke about their project and I believed in it even more, that’s what convinced me to move – the faith Lille had in me.
“Do I imagine myself coming back one day? Obviously, it’s home. I would love to come back. But you never know in football. I just have to keep my feet on the ground, and keep playing, making the most of it. I can’t predict what will happen in the future.”
PSV director Marcel Brands has sensationally revealed that numerous clubs, including Manchester United and Leeds, failed to table an appropriate bid for Cody Gakpo during the summer transfer window.
Gakpo, 23, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for months.
The Red Devils explored the possibility of signing him as an alternative to top target Antony when a deal appeared unlikely, but they eventually signed the winger for a huge £85.5million fee ahead of deadline day.
As a result, United’s interest in Gakpo cooled, but Eric ten Hag is now claimed to be considering a swoop ahead of the January window.