While it has been a season to forget for Manchester United, manager Erik ten Hag said he has maintained a positive outlook because he sees the potential of his players and understands the reasons behind their struggles.

Manchester United’s potential was on display during an entertaining 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Wednesday, as three of the team’s youngest players — Kobbie Mainoo (19), Amad Diallo (21) and Rasmus Hojlund (21) — scored.

“I see the positives, I see that this team is developing, I know the reasons why we are not performing,” Ten Hag said. “No team will perform when the whole back four is not available (due to injury), across the season.