After suffering their ninth defeat of the season against Nottingham Forest on Saturday night, Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, highlighted that the predominant concern plaguing his squad currently is the ongoing issue with injuries.

It was another disappointing performance from the Red Devils as they went down 2-1, a result which meant they ended 2023 in lowly seventh spot on the table.

Interviewed after the game by Sky Sports Ten Hag as asked why his team were struggling so much for form: “It’s the injuries. Also, some issues but mainly the injuries hold us back in the process. In January we have a lot of players returning so then our levels can be higher,” he said.

“It’s clear the result is very disappointing. We should have invested more in these moments. We created less before half-time. We didn’t do enough. The second half was better.

“We are losing the game by a goal, and you saw the fight in the team. We had our chances, the football in the second half was better. They kept believing and going until the end but of course when the result is this, we are disappointed.

“The players are not happy with this, but we have to do better. We haven’t played with the same team in a row. We had to change again so every time we have to swap our team. That doesn’t help or support the routines of the team and it explains why you are so inconsistent.

“We had nine different partnerships in the back. It doesn’t matter as well, the fans don’t want to hear this, they want to see us winning and that is what we have to serve them,” he said.