Ten Hag: I loved many things about the win

Saturday 04 February 2023 18:12

Erik ten Hag delivered his verdict on Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace when speaking to MUTV and Sky Sports after a dramatic afternoon at Old Trafford.

Here you can read his key quotes - on the performance, Marcus Rashford's winning goal, Casemiro's red card, Marcel Sabitzer's debut and more - as well as watching the interview below.


"I love many things. First of all, the quality of the game. In the first 70 minutes, we played a really good game on the pitch, in the possession, the formations and the passing security. The defensive transitions and the counter press were also brilliant and I think we dominated the game. I think we deserved the lead and especially the second goal was a great goal to see."


"I've seen the incident, where the Crystal Palace player takes a big risk to bring an injury to Antony and then the emotions got really high, for several players. And then they pick one player out, so I think they could have picked more players in such an incident and then the VAR is interfering. This is what I don't understand because then you have to be consistent. I have so many occasions this season where they didn't interfere so I was disappointed but we have to take it. Our players have to behave, they have to control their emotions, but I'm happy that we have the spirit and we stand for each other."

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"Yes, it was at a set play. First, we had to see how they changed and then we had to see and anticipate how we could close the gaps and be compact, and how we would get away from our goal but also still have a threat into attack. I think we had to change something and it's not always nice, like bringing off a player who would brought on [Alejandro Garnacho], but that is in the interests of the team and the player has to accept that."


"It's great. Once again, united between the fans and the team. The connection, and we have to keep the process going, is brilliant because it really shows that we are working together on the success of Manchester United."

"It was a brilliant goal and finally he [Rashford] was on the end. But it was a great team goal, by switching play, playing between the lines, great combinations and then finally he finished off a brilliant pass by Luke Shaw as well, the cross. And then of course the finish was very good. I think it was difficult for the opponent when we bring in that sub [Garnacho on for Wout Weghorst] because it was a different dynamic all of a sudden. They are focusing on a player who is playing all of the time on the ball and then they have a player who is going round the back of them. It was great to see that the team picked up a good dynamic and the change, and took the benefit of it."


"He understands football. You see it straight from the start. We have already seen that in the training as well, but yeah he did quite well. He's really composed on the ball and he knows how to defend so we need such a player who understands the game and will also bring the right spirit."
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''Of course that's great, but it was a great team goal. I think it really gives a reference to the attacking football from the Busby babes. That second goal was such a great team goal, so many players were involved by switching the play and in between the lines. Great actions, short combinations and a great finish by a player out of the youth academy and that is brilliant on a day like today.''


''I give the credit to the team, I am really happy with the progress we have made. I will be proud at the end of the season when we are lifting trophies. Till that moment, we have to work hard to improve everyday.''