Erik ten Hag hails ‘brave’ substitutes and ‘great personalities’ after Manchester United beat Barcelona as Jason Cundy says Red Devils boss is as good as Pep Guardiola right now

Erik ten Hag hailed the ‘nice personalities’ in his ranks, though Jason Cundy believes the Manchester United boss deserves probably the most credit score for his or her win over Barcelona.

An enthralling Europa League play-off went the way in which of the Red Devils as they ran out 4-3 winners on mixture because of a 2-1 win at Previous Trafford.


Man United march on to the last-16 of the Europa League

Ten Hag can do no wrong at the moment


Ten Hag can do no flawed in the intervening time

Issues didn’t begin too properly for Man United, who have been a objective down at half time via Robert Lewandowski’s penalty.

However the dwelling aspect have been a group remodeled after the break with Fred equalising simply 82 seconds into the restart.

And the match was turned on its head when substitute Antony rifled dwelling a unfastened ball to ship Previous Trafford into raptures.

The win is the right increase for Man United going into their Carabao Cup closing date with Newcastle, stay on talkSPORT, and it retains alive their goals of lifting 4 trophies this season.

Ten Hag was fast to reward the influence of substitutes Antony and Alejandro Garnacho as properly as the personalities that helped Man United recover from the road within the end-to-end tie.

Talking concerning the influence of his substitutes, Ten Hag advised BT Sport: “That was one of many elements of the sport plan.

Antony didn’t start the second leg, but he certainly finished it with this well-taken effort


Antony didn’t begin the second leg, however he definitely completed it with this well-taken effort

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“If we can bring Antony, Garnacho in, if you get it wide you’ve got speed, running in behind dribbles and you get belief.

“They are so brave, they don’t fear anyone, especially in front of the Stretford End, they take players on and are running in behind and that gives a boost to the team.”

Ten Hag added: “We have some great personalities in the team. Like Rafa [Varane] and Lisandro Martinez, they step forward. I already mentioned Antony and Garnacho, they don’t fear anyone. We have Bruno also and Casemiro of course.

“We have some great personalities and if and when you get setbacks, they move on. They carry on and they are resilient.”

There’s a wonderful team spirit in the Man United squad


There’s a wonderful team spirit in the Man United squad

The winning goal by Antony, who came on for the ineffective Wout Weghorst at half time, brought up an interesting stat demonstrating how super Man United’s subs are.

Antony’s goal is the 19th scored by substitutes in all competitions this season, the most of any big five European league side in 2022/23.

This is where Ten Hag is really earning his Old Trafford packet, according to Cundy, who says he’d put the Dutchman as the Premier League’s best manager at present.

“Ten Hag has come in and in a relatively short space of time he’s got his hands on these players, got his hands on the squad and he’s moulded them into a really, really good team,” Cundy said on The Sports Bar.

Ten Hag’s in-game decisions have been paying off excellently this season


Ten Hag’s in-game selections have been paying off excellently this season

“He’s an excellent supervisor. I’d say right now he’s as good as any supervisor within the Premier League.

“Right now, end result for end result, I’m placing him in the identical breath as Pep Guardiola… right now there isn’t a greater supervisor within the Premier League than Ten Hag.

“One of many hardest issues you are able to do as a supervisor at elite stage is to alter the course of the sport in 90 minutes… that’s what managers are paid for.

“There are two issues; are you able to make gamers higher? Field ticked. And might you modify the course of the sport in 90 minutes? He does it constantly now.”


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