Revealed: Ten Hag's message to fans

Sunday 19 February 2023 18:08

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given a rallying message to the fans ahead of the upcoming Europa League second leg against Barcelona at Old Trafford.

United fought hard to defeat Leicester City 3-0 in M16 on Sunday, with Marcus Rashford scoring two well-worked goals before substitute Jadon Sancho came off the bench to score the third following a great team move.

Before exiting the Theatre of Dreams, Ten Hag went over to the tunnel and signalled to the Red Army section, making several hand gestures and appearing to shout something at them.

Erik was asked what he said to the crowd as he walked off the pitch during his post-match press conference.

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“I said: 'come Thursday, it is a big game. Make sure you are there and we are sure we can beat Barcelona together'.

“I thank the fans when they have that trust in me. I feel committed with this club and I love to be here. I will give everything to perform as good as possible. To bring them hopefully across limits.”

United’s goals against the Foxes all came from quick breaks, with the first relying on a pinpoint through ball from Bruno Fernandes.

Fred was provider for Rashford's second, which was initially flagged offside before a VAR review confirmed the goal.

Sancho’s third came after a fast one-two pass with Fernandes that caught the Leicester defence off guard and allowed United to put the game to bed.

When asked if his players are enjoying his style of play, Ten Hag was delighted to say that he is happy to see it in full effect and hopes to use it to his advantage when the Catalans come to town.

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“I hope they are. I hope they enjoy it, I enjoy it. I enjoyed it because you see the product. The end product is what the outcome is. And you have to invest. You must suffer and sacrifice in some situations because a lot of the time it is hard to get in the right positions, especially against a good team like Leicester, even more against Barcelona.

“Because they have even more brilliant players. But you can see what the end product is when you do it right, because counter press is the best way to make chances.”