Ten Hag: We got our reward
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says his side 'got their reward' after coming from behind to overcome Melbourne Victory by four goals to one.
The Reds conceded after just four minutes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with unmarked Christopher Ikonomidis beating Tom Heaton from inside the area.
But Ten Hag's side hit back just before the interval, with Scott McTominay's deflected effort restoring parity. Anthony Martial then notched his second goal of pre-season, following some superb link-up play, to hand United a deserved lead.
Marcus Rashford added a third with just over 10 minutes remaining, after another powerful forward run by defender Eric Bailly. Edmond Lupancu then put through his own net to round off the scoring late on.
Our Dutch boss spoke to MUTV following the win and you can read his comments below...
IMPRESSED WITH THE REACTION
"It was clear that it was going to be a compact opponent, who started really far back waiting for us, and it was difficult for us to create chances. Also, when we went down in the first minute, the team reacted really good and especially over the right side we created a lot of really good chances before half-time. We then got our reward with the turnaround."
"I would say against opponents who want to come forward it is easier – the spaces are bigger. When opponents are dead [far] back, you have to invest in more running and more opposite running, more ball control and especially with your decisions, you need intelligence in order to create something."
YOUTH SHINING THROUGH
"This is why we brought them. I want to make an impression on all the players and they got the chance to show what they are capable of – if they can contribute immediately to Man United or whether or not they need a loan period [and] that could be better. There is also other possibilities, but it is good that United has so many talents. They also need improvement and development."
"It’s magnificent, such a big stadium, a huge stadium and the city of Melbourne, you smell the sport culture. They like football in Australia, but other sports too, as it is a real sports-minded city."
HOW TO WATCH UNITED V CRYSTAL PALACE
Our next fixture is once again in Australia, on Tuesday (19 July), when we will take on Crystal Palace at 11:10 BST.
The full game will be shown live* on MUTV, which is now available on ManUtd.com and in the United App. Coverage starts one hour before kick-off.
MUTV will also be showing short and extended match highlights before anyone else, as well as the full match replay. So what are you waiting for? Visit MUTV now.
*MUTV's live coverage of this game will not be available in Australia due to domestic broadcast rights.*