The Red Devils made hard work of their victory against the League Two side.
That’s despite racing into a two-goal lead thanks to efforts from Kobbie Mainoo and Bruno Fernandes.
United then had great opportunities to put the game to bed. First when Garnacho smashed an effort against the crossbar despite having Rasmus Hojlund and Fernandes waiting across the box, and then Antony seeing his close-range effort blocked.
Ten Hag said the game swung after Newport’s first goal but that the Welsh side shouldn’t have had an opportunity to get back into the side if Garnacho and Antony finished their chances.
‘The first 35 mins we were very comfortable leading,’ said Ten Hag.
‘Leading 2-0 but it should have been 3-0 or 4-0. They [Newport] created no chance then out of nothing – there was also a foul – they score.
‘Straight after half-time we make a mistake during defensive transition – not great. Then you have to start again to win this game but then we did, boys well done.
‘We controlled the game but then maybe we went a bit slower but then we had chances for 3-0 with Garnacho the crossbar with two players across the goal and then Antony had some chances. They [Newport] had nothing, but then they score a goal.’
Hojlund was frustrated with Garnacho and Antony throughout the game.
The Dane scored his eighth goal of the season moments from time but his celebration in front of the travelling fans was an angry one.
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