Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has praised his side’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday.
The Red Devils swatted aside Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford (2) and Jadon Sancho.
United struggled to control the game in the opening period and were lucky not to concede against a wasteful Leicester side, who had the better chances.
The second half took a different turn, with United taking the game to the Foxes and ultimately sealing the win with a much better performance.
Ten Hag told reporters after the game (via Football Daily) that he was pleased with the result but expressed disappointment with his side’s first-half showing.
“We’re happy with the result, it’s a great result,” Ten Hag said. “I think when you play every third day, you cannot always get to your same performance, or to your limit of the game.
“Today, the first half was really tough. First, Leicester played brilliant – second, we were rubbish.
“Our way of play, we were really indisciplined in our principles and rules of the game, and then you get problems, and it was only by David De Gea that we get the clean sheet to the half-time.”
United are in a great run of form having gone unbeaten in their last eight games across all competitions.
Ten Hag’s side are genuine title contenders, having moved to within two points of local rivals Manchester City and five off league leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
However, the Dutch tactician refused to be drawn on talks of a title surge and insists he is only focused on the week ahead.
“We don’t think about that – first of all, we think about the next game,” Ten Hag added. “Thursday is going to be a big night – has to be for us, but we have to work for it.
“We have to make Old Trafford a fortress – that is what we’re thinking about.”
A monumental win for United that saw De Gea and Rashford break records effectively thrusts United into contention for the Premier League crown.
The Red Devils will now turn their attention to the second leg of their Europa League knockout round tie against Barcelona before taking on Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final.
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