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Erik ten Hag explains turnaround in Manchester United goalscoring form

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Erik ten Hag believes more precise attacking routines are the main reason for Manchester United’s recent goal glut. United have scored two or more goals in each of their last 12 games across all competitions, often punishing opposition sides with incisive runs and deadly finishing. During the Carabao Cup win last Sunday in particular, it was sharp interplay between Marcus Rashford and Wout Weghorst that handed the former his goal, via the outstretched leg of Sven Botman. Those sorts of goals have Ten Hag’s side on a run of nine wins and two draws in 11 games going into Sunday’s crucial trip to Anfield to face Liverpool. Defeats for Newcastle and Tottenham on Saturday have handed the Reds a chance to further cement their place in the top four. ALSO READ: How United should line up vs Liverpool Two or more goals will be needed if United are to return from Merseyside with three points, and Ten Hag believes it is the improvement in combination play that has allowed his side to find their scoring form. ”We are more effective,” Ten Hag told club media “That’s coming from the progress we are making in our attacking way of play. That’s about routines, getting the right structures in and how players play often together and the routines are improving, then you score more. Scoring is about small details, so when the routines are better, then when you have the opportunity to score, you are more effective, and it is higher.” United’s attack will be boosted by the return of Jadon Sancho, who missed the midweek FA Cup win over West Ham through illness, while Ten Hag also expects Luke Shaw to return from a minor injury. The returning pair will provide a boost to United as they prepare to face an old foe. Liverpool’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid has somewhat overshadowed a decent run of form that has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side win three of their last four in the league, while United have not won at Anfield since 2016. ‘Very excited. I am really looking forward [to it], and we know we can expect a strong opposition, hostile ambience and we are really looking forward to performing there,” the Dutchman added. ”Mentality is one of the decisive factors on Sunday. We know we have to play our best to get the right result there.” READ NEXT Erik ten Hag has surprise defensive dilemma to solve in Liverpool ‘I slept well’ – Erik ten Hag’s ruthless Cristiano Ronaldo admission Three ways United could line up with two dream summer signings Transition, takeovers and how United are pulling ahead of Liverpool Ferguson’s half-time ‘gamble’ vs Liverpool that made ’99 Treble possible Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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