Erik ten Hag is happy with the victory of his team over the city rival. However, the Dutchman does not want too much euphoria, considering that the match against Crystal Palace is already waiting for them tomorrow. “Every win you have to celebrate,” said Ten Hag, as quoted by football365.
“You work so hard for such momentum and every win is so great. If you can’t celebrate you kill the energy, so we have to celebrate it. But after 24 hours you have to settle, move on to the next game. We have to deliver and the players have to get in the right rhythm from the physical point of view but also mental and be ready”.
Antony Martial has problems with an injury, which is why he left the game at halftime. “I hoped to avoid that he was getting injured but he was complaining (about his leg) so that’s why he didn’t train in the week,” Ten Hag said.
“There was a question mark. We decided and he decided he was ready to start because I knew he was important. He is a really big element in our pressing and he did that really well before half-time but you also saw he was not capable to go 100 per cent and that is what we need.
To avoid him getting injured we took him off but it also had a negative impact on us”.
Bruno Fernandes was a key player in terms of pressing. In addition, Fernandes also scored a goal and was an important link in his team's victory.
“With Bruno on the right we defended as usual but in possession he had a role to come between the lines to bring an extra player there and bring hesitation and confusion and he played that role really brilliantly,” the Dutchman said.
“The rest of the team adapted really well and we had really good breaks by finding the free man and Bruno had an important role in that. He was important in the pressing as well. I don’t know if he was man of the match but he was my man of the match”.