Manchester United vs Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
.Praises Bruno Fernandes
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has said that it was difficult playing Brentford, describing the club as “a tough opponent”.
He said that against top teams, Brentford play very well, stressing, “it’s very difficult to create chances against them.”
Hag disclosed this after defeating Brentford 1-0 in a Premier League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Ten Hag was pleased that Manchester United made Brentford to suffer its sixth league loss of the season, having performed so meekly in the 2-0 reverse at Newcastle on Sunday.
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His words: “The way we played against Brentford, which is a very tough opponent, if you see their results and analyse them especially against top teams, they play really well and it’s very difficult to create chances against them.
“We create something but especially on the ball, we played very well.
“It was initiated by Bruno, he played a brilliant game on the ball, dictating, made the rhythm of the game from the back, overload in midfield and our wide players played really well.
“Second half, we didn’t get a second goal, was more of a battle, but you saw the determination, the desire and the passioin that we missed on Sunday, these are the standards we have to bring in every game.
“It was not acceptable on Sunday, not the standards of United, so there were several things I was happy with.
“You see the approach is changing from all the teams when you go to the end. The points are more expensive in the end. The demands also a certain mentality, and when you don’t bring it on the pitch you get beaten in the Premier League. When one or two can’t bring this, as a team you have a problem.
“You saw it Sunday. Today is the performance I expect and demand.”
Ten Hag also singled out Bruno Fernandes for praises for his excellent performance in the match.
He said that Fernandes initiated Man United’s play on the ball in their 1-0 win against Brentford.
Recall that Fernandes started in a deeper role in the goalless draw against Southampton last month and dropped deep again for spells of the game against Brentford.
With the victory, United returned to the top four and could rise to third in the Premier League table with victory against Everton in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.