New Delhi: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag refused to let Cristiano Ronaldo overshadow arguably his team’s most complete performance under him in a 2-0 win against Tottenham on Wednesday. Ronaldo stormed off to the changing room before the final whistle at Old Trafford after being left as an unused substitute.
Ten Hag said, “I don’t pay attention today. We deal with that tomorrow. I want to keep the focus on this team. It was a magnificent performance from all the 11 players.”
The Dutchman wanted to focus just on on-field matters, rather than his veteran forward. Second-half goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes saw his team move to within a point of the Premier League’s top four.
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United now sits one point behind fourth-place Chelsea and four off Tottenham, who have played a game more. Ten Hag is increasingly making his presence felt at Old Trafford, with standout wins against Liverpool and Premier League leader Arsenal already this season. Now, Spurs became the latest big name to fall in front of United’s home fans.
‘It was best performance so far’ – Ten hag
Ten Hag said, “I think it was the best team performance so far this season, so you see today we are developing, you see them in the last weeks the way we want to play, we want to get better every time on the pitch. I said to the lads in the dressing room it was really enjoyable to watch them.”
Antonio Conte appeared helpless to coax his team into life as his players were repeatedly forced into errors and struggled to build attacks.
The Tottenham manager said, “We have to be honest and say United deserved to win. They created chances to score. From our side, we didn’t start the game and it was really difficult because I think we made a lot of mistakes in simple things.”
“For sure not a good game for us, but I have to be honest and first of all with my players, this was not the first time for us this season,” he added.
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