Erik Ten Hag hails defensive display in victory

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Erik Ten Hag is pleased with his side defensive display against Nottingham forest as they kept another cleansheet.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag stated that his defenders defended very well and dominated the opponent in their 2-0 victory.

The former Ajax manager recalled Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof to the starting line up with Dalot playing as a left back as injury hit the United side.

‘You see how quickly things can change, last week we had nine fit defenders, today we had four. We need the numbers especially as we are one of a few teams in Europe who are playing a lot of games and we need the numbers to stay in competitions because we want a good team every time we step on the pitch.

“Today was one step where we proved we can perform really well with those players and Thursday we have to go again and Sunday we have to go again.’

Ten Hag added that: ‘It was a very good performance from the defence. We said before, defending is with eleven players and how we do it but of course, the back four you pay a lot of attention to that.

“We defended really well to dominate the opponent and I counted one moment in the game on the counter where the defensive transition was really good. They really concentrated.

“The angles are not good if Harry is playing on the left side, it is difficult for him. But I think he is more capable on the right. Victor can use both feet very good and I think he did a brilliant job in defence and in transition from Johnson. So that is why we prefer to do it with them in this way.”

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