Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag said the club’s 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday proved the spirit and fight’ that exists among the players.
Back-to-back 3-0 home losses to Manchester City and Newcastle United in the league and EFL Cup, respectively, added to Ten Hag’s pressure, with the team having their worst start to a season since 1962-63, losing eight of their first 15 games.
However, the Red Devils came back against Fulham, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the sole goal of the game in the closing stages.
There have been reports that Ten Hag is losing his place in the Old Trafford dressing room as a result of the team’s troubles, but despite recent speculation about his future, Man United are still considered to be entirely behind the Dutchman.
Ten Hag stated that the close victory over Fulham demonstrated that the players are willing to “fight for each other,” while also praising the team’s “good spirit.”
“Of course, it’s a pleasant sensation. It is always if you win. However, the performance was excellent. “It’s a huge win and a solid performance,” Ten Hag said to MUTV.
“This team has a good spirit, they are strong, and they fight for each other, I believe for the duration of the game.” But, as I have stated, it was solid.
“We took control of the game on the ball, and I think the pressing, and it’s not easy against a good side like Fulham, who are very good on the ball, but we got the press right.”
“It’s always great when you score in the dying seconds of a game; I always say you win a game, but we scored in the first half, very quickly in the game.” So we can conclude that we played a good game from start to finish.”
Man United will now travel to Denmark for a crucial Champions League match against Copenhagen, which will take place on Wednesday night at Parken Stadium.
The 20-time English champions currently sit third in Group A, one point behind second-placed Galatasaray and six points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Ten Hag stated that his team may now carry momentum into the European match following their late Premier League victory at Craven Cottage.
“We’ll take it with us.” That’s what I told the group as well. But you need this approach in every game. We all know that there are no easy games. But you must bring this. And that was written today,” he added.
Following the Saturday afternoon match, Fernandes praised the team’s character.