Ten Hag always demanding more
Erik ten Hag felt Manchester United were good value for the 3-0 scoreline against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.
Goals from Diogo Dalot, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo saw off the Moldovan champions and it could have been more, as the Reds qualified and set up a final clash at Real Sociedad, requiring victory by at least a two-goal margin to beat the Spaniards to top spot in Group E.
Speaking to the official broadcasters after the game at Old Trafford, including BT Sport, UEFA and MUTV, plus at his press conference, here is a snapshot of what the Dutchman had to say...
"You want always more and I think we scored three goals, but I think we should have won with at least 5-0. But I think, in the end, there were a lot of positives in this game. The clean sheet, we didn’t concede counters, so we attacked well, were organised, they couldn’t get out. So the counter-press was really good and we created a lot against a real compact opponent and, what I said, we scored three – we should have scored even more but there was a threat, we created and that’s good.”
TWO UP TOP
“The second half, I wanted to see that, Cristiano and Marcus close together in the no.9 and 10 position and I think it can be a trap for opponents. It is always difficult against such players to defend that and we have seen that. They can take benefit from each other. It was also good to see for the right side when Bruno [Fernandes] went out and you get a different dynamic on the right as well, so I’ve seen some positive points in this game.”
"Yeah, more or less, when we are up [was the idea]. Then it was planned. Martinez he is on two bookings, so he was out if he got booked for a third time, for next game. I don't have a problem with that [trademark spin by Antony on the ball] as long as it's functional. So, also from him, I demand more. More runs behind, more often in the box, more followings in, and more tempo dribbles especially. And more playing in the pocket. So we demand more dominance in this game and, now and then, there is a trick like this, it's nice, as long as it's functional, as he's not losing the ball, as he's attracting players, then it's okay. But if it's a trick, because of a trick then I will correct him."
"Yes. He kept going and the team kept going to put them in the right position. He kept going to get himself in the right positions. He didn't give up, I think that's what his whole career [has been about], that's why he is so good and, in the end, he got the reward for it. The pressure is always there. Ronaldo knows that and we have to deal with it. All Manchester United players know that. All top scorers need that, every time, the confirmation they can do it. Tonight, again, he got his confirmation and he will grow from it. He is hungry. He plays with desire and wants to score goals, as many as possible. He has to invest a lot and the team has to invest a lot to put him in the right positions."
TOUGH TASK IN SAN SEBASTIAN
"So we know what we have to do in Real Sociedad: we have to win there with two goals difference. We have to score two goals, minimum, and don't concede one. The first game, we lost, crazy penalty. So we have to deal with that crazy penalty, so we have to turn [it] around, so that demands a big performance there, demands a winning attitude, but, first, we have Sunday. That’s more important, always go from game to game and we have now focus on Sunday, and West Ham United."