Ten Hag: This victory was important

Wednesday 15 May 2024 23:18

Erik ten Hag was pleased Manchester United ended the home campaign on a high, with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The boss felt his team deserved the three points, which move us level on points with the Magpies in the table but behind on goal difference, thanks to goals from Kobbie Mainoo, Amad and Rasmus Hojlund.

Anthony Gordon and Lewis Hall struck for the visitors in an entertaining affair, and Erik had this to say to the official broadcasters after the match...

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Erik was asked about fans, Amrabat, Bruno and more in his media briefing after Newcastle's visit to Old Trafford...


"Every win is important. This was very important, no question. We want to give the fans also something and I'm very pleased with that. I was pleased with the performance of the team, we matched Newcastle's physicality and also played some good football. Of course, we are in that together and the fans remained always with us. They stuck with us. We are very pleased they did this. We wanted to pay them back. They were fantastic, great goals but it was also a team effort, how we made the goals."


"It was nervous but I thought it was a foul [on Jonny Evans, when Hall scored] but that sums up our season. We had it so often, leading but give it away, and we had some really poor decisions go against us. Today, I was pleased we got it over the line. So we had, in the last month, many games where we couldn't put it over the line but it was also to do with our back four. We didn't have options there and also not to sub on but, today, it was very good that we can being on Licha Martinez, an experienced player. He's a warrior who helps the team in such difficult moments."


"It was a brilliant goal by Amad. You see how young players are developing, like Amad, and I was really pleased with his performance and it was a great goal. He is very good. He has high potential. He is a symbol for the season as he had a bad injury. He fought himself back and had to wait long for his chance and, on Sunday, and also tonight, he was very good."


"Casemiro was very stable, he showed leadership. We know how good he is and I'm sure he will take benefit from this. I think he had a very good game. He uses his experience and his calmness so I was very pleased with his performance today."


"I think he needs some rest so he keeps fresh. But I also know strikers, they live for goals. They are very important for him, his confidence, and I'm really pleased he scored his goal."

Ten Hag addresses Old Trafford crowd


Erik has saluted the "best supporters in the world" as he promises the players will give everything at Wembley.


"They told me every manager is doing this, that is why! I think it's very important. It was our last game here, we finish the season with still two games to go but away from Old Trafford. We want to thank them for sticking with us. We really appreciate, the team appreciate it and the club appreciate it. We are in difficult times, this club is in transition and the results are not what they can expect. But there are reasons for it, all the injuries, but we've still had as disappointing season as we had."


"The club is in transition. It's a disappointing season, that's clear but, in the disappointment, there's progress from some good players - Rasmus Hojlund, Amad DIallo, Alejandro Garnacho. I'm always happy when young players are progressing very good across the season. I've said before that some good things are happening. Some very good things. There is high potential in the club."


"I don't think about the cup final. First, go to Brighton and the last game is important for the rankings. We need three points. We don't have it in our hands. We have to do our job and win the game."