Manchester United won against Real Betis in the Round of 16 of the Europa League (4:1) at their home stadium. Although this team was defeated by Liverpool a few days ago (7:0), Erik ten Hag obviously worked with them and influenced the mentality of the team.
The Dutchman spoke about his impressions after such an important victory; "I think we played a very good game in both halves," Ten Hag said, as quoted by eurosport.com
"At half-time we should have been up 3-0 but we make one mistake [and] it is 1-1.
We scored some good goals, we gave the fans something to support and they gave it back so we are very grateful.
It was a great attitude, we were good on the ball, made good switches and runs in behind and created a lot of chances.
It is always good to see how the team reacts after a setback.
This is not the first time this season we can reset and bounce back. This team has character, so big compliments to the team."
Erik ten Hag on Weghorst and Fernandes
Erik ten Hag also commented on the performance of Wout Weghorst and Bruno Fernandes.
"For a striker [Wout Weghorst] was so close so many times. He has already created chances and goals for others and he deserved his goal.
Bruno [Fernandes] was fantastic. He led the team with his control of the game and passing and then he scored a goal." Marcus Rashford scored the first goal and once again showed that he is the most important player of Manchester United this season.
"It is always important to win the next fixture after a loss, it is the only way to bounce back and continue to the momentum we had before the game. We always try to start quick and a goal always helps that and I think they defended the box well in the first half, but in the second half it opened up more as to be expected with the game at 1-1.
We started well in both halves, and yeah it is important to try and score the goals and that is the difference."
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