Erik Ten Hag praised Manchester United’s “dominating” efficiency towards Chelsea however mentioned the scenario surrounding his facet has by no means felt like a disaster this season.
United took factors from a top-half opponent for the primary time this season with a deserved 2-1 win over Chelsea at Outdated Trafford, having endured days of reviews of dressing-room disharmony on the again of Saturday’s poor defeat at Newcastle.
Ten Hag dropped Marcus Rashford for the go to of Chelsea in a daring transfer however was rewarded with a efficiency of endeavour and spirit from his facet, who may simply have gained by extra.
After the sport, he insisted the problems surrounding the membership this season – together with their worst begin to a season from their first 15 video games in six many years, in addition to numerous off-field issues – had by no means reached disaster level regardless of the noise coming from outdoors Outdated Trafford.
Sky Sports activities’ Anton Toloui and Ron Walker talk about Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea as Antony changed Marcus Rashford within the staff amid reviews of dressing-room disharmony.
“We began very nicely, very dynamic, courageous and proactive,” he mentioned. “We created a whole lot of probabilities in that second, and will have been two or three up.
“We dominated the opponent out and in of possession. It was very gratifying how the staff performed at present.
“It hasn’t felt like a disaster for us. We have stored calm, labored on the method and we all know the place we have now to construct and what we have now to construct on.
“We’re getting into the precise route, we do not get distracted from criticism round us, we’re very essential on ourselves and know we aren’t shortly happy, we need to do higher.
“If we do issues badly, we need to put that proper and need to hold going within the course of. The season is lengthy, we have now to enhance lots if we need to achieve success, however this staff is able to that.”
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Scott McTominay’s double took him to 5 Premier League objectives for the season, already his greatest tally in a Manchester United shirt with greater than half of the marketing campaign nonetheless to play.
The Scottish midfielder has been handed a extra superior position at instances by Ten Hag, who praised his “odor” for objectives and mentioned he wished to see the 26-year-old within the opposition field much more.
“McTominay has the abilities, when he’s arriving in the precise second,” he mentioned. “He has the odor. Then he has an excellent end, however dynamics, generally he is deep and generally he’s additional ahead.
“In our techniques and our planning, it is usually that we wish him to be excessive, so the staff has to make it occur that he can come into these positions the place he is round a striker after which he has an excellent odor of when to reach and he is a superb finisher too.
“It is the plan, it isn’t arduous – it is a matter of organisation. That is our job to get the gamers in the precise place, nevertheless it means different gamers must play deeper.”
Pochettino: We could not match Man Utd’s vitality
Chelsea supervisor Mauricio Poccettino cites the short turnaround between video games as a motive for his staff’s efficiency of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino mentioned he was not disenchanted by Chelsea’s defeat, regardless of the consequence leaving them solely a degree nearer to fourth-placed Manchester Metropolis than the relegation zone – and having misplaced as many video games as in the entire of the 2021/22 season already.
He defended his gamers’ lack of vitality and mentioned that they had been affected by enjoying for greater than half of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Brighton with 10 males due to Conor Gallagher’s pink card in that recreation.
“I am not anxious as a result of there’s too many circumstances which want to elucidate why we did not carry out,” he mentioned.
“To play with Brighton with one much less for thus lengthy might have affected the vitality, and we have to recuperate too many gamers from damage, to have completely different choices and be extra aggressive.
“That is not an excuse, solely that they had been higher. During which share? Possibly 10 per cent, however we must be targeted, recuperate the gamers and prepare for Sunday.
“We miss gamers, we performed practically with the identical gamers we confronted Brighton with, and we had been a person down for 60 minutes. Manchester United had a day extra to organize, and we had many younger gamers on our bench. It is not an excuse, however that is the fact.
“I am not disenchanted as a result of we gave the whole lot, however we did not match the vitality or aggressiveness. We created probabilities, possibly sufficient to attract the sport.”